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After high school graduation, I became a German-trained dental technician followed by 5 semesters of studying dentistry. Immigrating to Canada in 1957, I worked as a dental technician in Edmonton before successfully challenging the exams to become a licensed denturist.
As the owner of Schaefer Dental Laboratory and Schaefer Denture Clinic, I mentored my daughters Barbara, DD, RDT, and Christa, RDT to become successful members of the dental profession.
With the help of my wife Susanne, a retired pharmacist and our business manager, we raised 5 children who have all become professional people in their own right.
With 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, we still find time to engage in and promote the arts. At age 70, I attended night classes, learning to put colour to my sketching skills and took private lessons in aquarelle painting. As a choir member for 74 years, I recently joined the Edmonton Swiss Men’s Choir. Besides taking continuing education courses, I attended night school in accounting, was an avid equestrian in dressage and jumping, obtained a pilot’s licence and became a licensed glider instructor.
As a 5-year board member of the Alberta Denturist Society and author of professional articles nationwide, I was instrumental in achieving the legal rights for our profession to provide partial denture replacement for our patients.
For all the years of the clinic's existence, I have been involved in many areas. I have been a delivery lady, book keeper, receptionist, money manager, social advisor, planner, cleaner, organizer and human resource person. Most of the work was and is done behind the scenes, but all still gives me great pride and pleasure.
To see patients coming back again and again lets me know they were treated with scientific knowledge and know-how, but also with kindness and sympathy towards their individual dental problems by Gerhard, Barbara, Christa and all our staff.
Christa grew up in Nova Scotia, where she earned her Denturist Diploma in 1994. She moved to Alberta in 1997. As Alberta did not accept interprovincial licencing at that time, Christa studied under Gerhard and Barbara and obtained her Dental Technician’s licence in 2008. In Christa’s spare time, she enjoys being a mom to her two children, tap dancing, dog training, playing oboe and, of course, trips to the beautiful East Coast.