Our Team

We provide gentle and compassionate care in a friendly environment. We always focus on evidence based diagnosis, patient education, and working with you to build a treatment plan that aligns with your oral health goals.


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Office Manager

Jennifer is from Glace Bay, Cape Breton, N.S. She is Halifax Perio’s office manager and we call her “our ship’s captain”. You will find her at our front desk with a big smile on her face and frequently sharing funny stories with patients.

Jennifer spent most of my career in Calgary, with her husband Stephen, where she worked in both general dental and specialty dental offices. Jennifer’s priority working in the dental field to make your visit to our office the best experience possible. She also does a fabulous job keeping our ship on course 🙂 and we at Halifax Perio are so grateful she joined us.

Jennifer joined our team in early 2020 and says that the team at Halifax Periodontics is outstanding and everyone is a joy to be around because our single focus is patient care, and every day is unique.

Jennifer and her hubby, Steve, have two four legged fur babies (German Shorthaired Pointers) named Iggy and Angus. Most days walking these bird dogs is all the exercise I need!

Tena Harris

Periodontal Hygienist

A Native Halagonian, Tena graduated from Dalhousie University in 1982. She is passionate about oral health and as such has been committed as a periodontal hygiene therapist for over 30 years. She has worked in the speciality of Periodontics for pretty much her entire career and has a wealth of knowledge. Tena has all around great qualities that make her a fantastic periodontal hygienist – 1. her technical periodontal therapy skills are without question the best around. 2. She has a passion for teaching and this comes through both in the clinic when she is teaching her patients one on one but also at the Dalhousie Dental Hygiene school where she teaches part time and 3. She is such a calm and caring person that she makes every patient feel special. Tena has been with Dr. Matheson for almost 20 years and Dr. Matheson feels blessed to have her as part of the Halifax Perio team. When she is not “talking teeth”, Tena loves spending time with her family and friends and can often be found near the ocean, enjoying nature or digging a new hole in her garden.

Emily Rand

Periodontal Hygienist

Emily grew up in Blomidon, NS. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French at Acadia University before going to John Abbott College, in Montreal, for her Dental Hygiene education. She currently lives in Dartmouth with her family and loves playing hockey and any outdoor sporting activities. Emily has had a love of oral health from a young age and gets great satisfaction from helping patients maintain their natural teeth for as long as possible! Emily can be found just about everywhere in the office – on the front desk helping patients, on the phone talking to patients, assisting Dr. Matheson with surgery or in the dental hygiene clinic delivering periodontal therapy and educating patients. She is a very positive and supportive force in the office and Halifax Perio is so happy to have her on the team!

Shelby Devan

Periodontal Hygienist

Shelby graduated from Acadia university in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and then continued her education at Dalhousie University where she received her diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2015. She has been an indispensable part of the Halifax Perio team since 2017 and has an excitement for periodontics that is unparalelled. Shelby is a very positive and friendly person and you will find Shelby doing everything from front desk duties, assisting Dr. Matheson with surgery and also delivery high quality dental hygiene therapy on patients. When Shelby is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and has a great love for travel and good books.


Administrative Assistant

Holly is a member of our administration team and she is one of the first people to greet you upon arrival at the office or you may meet her on the phone. Holly has a wonderful and friendly phone voice and is always excited to help patients when they call.

Holly was born and raised in Halifax, NS. She is a very hard, reliable and compassionate worker. She joined the Halifax Perio team in 2020 and she often refers to our team as “the dream team”! Her favourite part of her job is interacting with patients and she says there is nothing more rewarding than when a patient leaves the office with a smile on their face.

Holly has two children who are her pride and joy. She also has a cat named Purrl (Pearl). In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and photography.

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