Committed to Quality and Service for over 60 Years
Hello, my name is Joshua Schaefer. I am 26 years old and I graduated from NAIT in 2017 from the Denturist Program. It has been a goal of mine to become a denturist for quite a while. It all started when I was 6 years old. My mom (Barbara Schaefer) would bring me into the denture clinic with her and let me play around with wax and teeth. When I was eight years old, I told my mom I wanted to be a denturist. She agreed and encouraged me but did not “hold her breath” because you and I both know that kids say the silliest things!
However, by the time I was 12 I had a lot more exposure in the family denture clinic, I would go to work when I had a day off school and even helped out on summer vacations. When I was in Senior High School, I searched online for the requirements for the Denturist Program at NAIT. This was the time I really set my sights on becoming a denturist.
After I graduated high school, I took some time off school to work and earned some money to travel the world and pay for my schooling. After backpacking in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia with my younger brother for 75 days in 2013-14, I was accepted into the denturist program at NAIT, and I could start working towards my goal of becoming a Denturist.
I am happy to be giving amazing new smiles to all my patients, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for me. I am a 3rd generation denturist, following in my mom's footsteps, while she is following the footsteps of my grandfather (Gerhard Schaefer). So, I guess you could say it's in my blood! Hopefully, we will see you in our office soon!
My name is Barbara Schaefer and I have been a denturist for 35+ years. When I first started working as a denturist, I was trained by my father Gerhard Schaefer; early in my career, it was just the two of us running the clinic. Since then I have gone on to train as a dental lab technician and have helped train my son (Joshua Schaefer) as a denturist.
During my many years practicing I have learned a lot and watched the clinic grow from a 2-person team to a 5-person team. While our team has gotten bigger the Schaefer Denture Clinic still feels like a very intimate family-run business. From the moment you walk in the door you will be greeted by any one of our friendly team members, including the two other denturists (Madison, and Joshua) or my son Jeremy who works at our front end.
I am a very patient-oriented person. My number one concern is your satisfaction. Our team, myself included will go above and beyond to make sure you are happy with the fit, function and look of your denture. It would be our pleasure to help you achieve that healthy natural smile that you have always wanted. I can't wait to have the chance to meet you!
Gerhard John Schaefer, DD, FCAD, Reg. DT (ret.)
After high school graduation, I became a German-trained dental technician followed by five 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 daughter Barbara, DD, RDT to become a successful member of the dental profession. With the help of my wife Susanne, a retired pharmacist and our business manager, we raised five children who have all become professional people in their own right.
For all the years of the clinic's existence, I have been involved in many areas. I have been a delivery lady, bookkeeper, 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.