After graduating from the Certified Dental Assistant program from Camosun College in 1999, Catherine started her career in Victoria BC working in the field of emergency dentistry for 5 years. She then obtained her Orthodontic Certification in 2004 from Okanagan College and had 4 years of orthodontic assisting experience, in Victoria, before moving to the Okanagan. She has advanced training in prosthodontics and 2 years of advanced orthodontic training with International Straight Wire Orthopedic Seminars in Vancouver. She is also an active member of the South Okanagan Orthodontic Study Club for dentists and has been heading the orthodontic department with Dr. Hawthorne since 2007.  In 2018, she graduated from the Pacific Training Institute for Facial Aesthetics and is now certified to assist Dr. Hawthorne to use Botox for both cosmetic and aesthetic reasons.  Continuing education is a passion of Catherine’s!  When not at work, she enjoys knitting, yoga and hiking with her husband and dogs.