Dr. Peter Lawczynski

Changing Lives With Beautiful Smiles!

Dentists You Can Trust

You want a dentist; someone obviously qualified and experienced but it’s equally important that you choose someone you can trust implicitly. You want to know you aren’t being ‘sold’ something you don’t need and you want to know when you move forward with your treatment, you are in the best possible care. Integrity, honesty, reliability… it’s the cornerstone of what we do.

Dr. Peter Lawczynski


Peter was born in Europe and spent time in Poland and Austria prior to coming to Canada in 1982, where his family settled in Edmonton. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree, Peter received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Alberta in 1998. That same year, Peter and his wife Paulette moved to Castlegar where Peter began his dental practice.

After years of operating a successful practice, Peter found a love for cosmetic dentistry. In order to offer his clients the highest level of care and expertise in this area, Peter first studied at the Millennium Institute in Calgary, and later under the direction of world renowned cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dickerson at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).

After completing an extensive program of courses, Peter became a graduate of cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry (TMJ) at LVI in 2007.

“Since embarking on my journey in cosmetic and TMJ based dentistry, I realized the life-changing potential of my profession. I have witnessed a client shave off his moustache after a smile makeover and have seen another client cry, saying she will now be able to smile for her grandchildren.”

People seek Dr. Lawczynski not only for his passion, skill and care, but also for his ability to listen. Peter and his team blend their expertise with the desires of their clients to design personalized treatment plans.
In his commitment to provide dental excellence to his clients, Dr. Lawczynski and his team continue to take the most current courses on emerging trends and technologies in cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry.

In his spare time, Peter enjoys outdoor activities with his wife Paulette and their children Emma and Ethan. He particularly enjoys the amazing skiing in the Kootenays as well as soccer, tennis, and golf.

The Team:


Certified Dental Assistant

Graduating as a Certified Dental Assistant from Camosun College in Victoria, BC in 1979, Alison has seen many advances in dentistry over the years and is extremely proud to work alongside Dr. Peter Lawczynski and the rest of his team!

With a passion for learning, she has been awarded Certificates of Excellence from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies for assisting with treatment of TMD and Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry. She has also achieved her Orthodontic Certification and enjoys working with people of all ages who are bringing both form and function to their smiles.

You will find Alison in the treatment area – helping you achieve optimal dental health. Her greatest reward “on the job” is to share that special moment with her clients when they see their new smile for the first time!

Her enjoyment of life and meeting new people make her “workdays” something she looks forward to – hoping she can bring a smile to your day as well! Living in Castlegar since 1980, she has found it a wonderful place to raise her family and is very proud to be a part of this community.


Certified Dental Assistant

Angela moved from the Okanagan to the Kootenays with her family in 1999. When she’s not working, her time is spent with close friends, her husband Jerry and their two children Tayler and Nathan. She enjoys hiking, waterskiing, boating and running.

She graduated in 1994 from the Okanagan University College as a Certified Dental Assistant. In 2005 she received her Orthodontic Certification. She has experienced many great opportunities while working for Dr. Lawczynski and feels extremely privileged to be part of such a dynamic team of individuals at Kootenay Smile Studio.
One of the greatest aspects of her career is working with children and the life-changing cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry for which Dr. Lawczynski and the Kootenay Smile Studio are recognized.


Financial and Scheduling Coordinator

Usually the first person to welcome you as you come through the door, Cathy has been part of the team since 1986. Cathy enjoys interaction with people and strives to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

She is committed to your care and is always available to answer any questions you may have about dental health and wellness. She will coordinate your treatment time and assist you with the financial aspects of treatment. Cathy is dedicated to learning and has been awarded numerous Certificates of Excellence from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.

Cathy is proud to be part of a team that has unparallelled training in the latest techniques and uses state of the art technology which allows clients to receive the highest standard of care available.

When not at the office Cathy can be found enjoying the Kootenay Life with her family.



Skye is a registered dental hygienist with a name and touch you won’t soon forget. Skye is originally from Nelson but now resides in Rossland. She has a strong background in periodontal training, neuromuscular, and cosmetic dentistry. Combined with her good listening skills and gentle disposition, she calms even the most nervous and hesitant patients.

Skye was a welcome addition to the team in 2007. She chose Kootenay Smile Studio because she wanted to be part of an office that offers the latest technology and training, while at the same time making the experience for her guests as comfortable as possible.

Skye graduated from the College of New Caledonia in 2002 and then went to further her career by obtaining a certificate of Evolutionary Hygiene in Support of Aesthetic Dentistry offered at the Las Vegas Institute of Aesthetic Dentistry (LVI) in 2006. She has also taken numerous courses at LVI over the years including Laser certification in combination with dental hygiene treatment. She is also a proud member of the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association of British Columbia and Canada.

She feels that the best part of her career has been seeing the new smiles that patients receive from Cosmetic dentistry procedures and her passion is helping guests keep their new smiles healthy. Having had cosmetic dentistry herself, she can relate to the overwhelming feelings of confidence and pride that comes with a new smile. She has also been lucky enough to assist in cases with patients who dealt with headaches and pain on a daily basis, to having a huge reduction, or no pain at all. Truly life changing experiences for patients and a joy to be a part of.

In her spare time Skye enjoys spending time with her family, skiing and enjoying the local attractions of the Kootenay’s. She has two children ages 6 and 10 that keep her on her toes. Coming to work is her time to engage in a relaxing environment and gives her much joy.

Skye’s strives to re-create people’s attitudes towards dentistry and dental cleanings by working with people on an individual basis.