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Meet the Team

Get to know the faces behind Southgate Dental Centre. Our family dentists in Edmonton are committed to offering you a full spectrum of oral care options. We are committed to providing you with excellent dental care in a comfortable environment. Our office features several amenities to put you at ease so you can relax during your appointment. Get comfy with a pillow and blanket as well as your very own TV and headset. We even offer evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. We can complete both esthetic and restorative dentistry services from dental crowns to teeth whitening. Learn more about our dentists below.

Exam room of our family dentists in Edmonton
David Gabriel, B.Sc., D.D.S.

David Gabriel, B.Sc., D.D.S.

Dentist at Southgate Dental Centre since 1985


Dr. David Gabriel earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Alberta in 1985. Prior to that, he graduated Summa Cum Distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, having completed secondary education at St. Joseph Composite High School in Edmonton, the place of his birth. He is a member of the Alberta Dental Association and College, Canadian Dental Association, Edmonton and District Dental Society, Edmonton Multidisciplinary Study Club, and Computerized Dentistry of Northern Alberta. He remains committed to continuing education on the latest dental technology and material. Dr. Gabriel takes pride in providing custom-tailored smile design in a gentle and professional manner. When he is not spending quality time with his wife and three children, Dr. Gabriel enjoys motorcycle touring on and off road.

Kevin Hamm, B.Sc., D.D.S.

Kevin Hamm, B.Sc., D.D.S.

Dentist at Southgate Dental Centre since June 1986


Dr. Kevin Hamm was born in Lethbridge, AB in 1958 and grew up in Calgary and Edmonton. He attended the University of Alberta for his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1983. He met his wife Shauna Bedingfield at the University of Alberta where she was studying law. The two of them have been together since 1982. They own two dogs (Captain Jack and Senorita Cali).


Dr. Hamm has been with Southgate Dental Centre since June 1986. He likes the group aspect of the clinic, which offers great professional and personal support. What Dr. Hamm loves about being a dentist is helping people achieve better oral health. He’s always happy knowing they are healthier every time they leave the dental practice. He can see his handiwork every day, making a difference in his patients’ lives.


Dr. Hamm is a member of the Alberta Dental Association and College, Canadian Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Edmonton and District Dental Society.


Some of Dr. Hamm’s hobbies include sports, reading, watching Netflix, and going to the movies. He volunteers every year with the various heart, stroke, and cancer fundraising groups in the area. Dr. Hamm loves Edmonton for its great neighbourhoods, summers, river valley, concert scene, and the University.

Sylvia Lau, B.Sc., D.D.S.

Sylvia Lau, B.Sc., D.D.S.

Dentist at Southgate Dental Centre since 1990


Dr. Sylvia Lau grew up in Southside Edmonton attending Vernon Barford Junior High and Harry Ainlay High. She went on to attend the University of Alberta for her Bachelor of Science and graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1990. She has been at Southgate Dental Centre since graduation and has over twenty years of experience in all aspects of dentistry including implants, crowns and bridges, and esthetics dentistry.


Dr. Lau is a member of the Canadian Dental Association, the Alberta Dental Association, the Edmonton District Dental Society, and various study clubs. She enjoys providing gentle, friendly care with high standards and careful attention to detail. She also enjoys being active, travelling, skiing, swimming, and golfing.

Pheng Tan, B.D.S

Pheng Tan, B.D.S

Dentist at Southgate Dental Centre since 1998


Dr. Pheng Tan received his Dental Degree in Dundee, Scotland. He joined Southgate Dental Centre in June 1998, enjoying the nice location and big clinic. He enjoys working with his hands and the ability to help people in pain.


Dr. Tan is a member of the Edmonton and District Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the Canadian Dental Association.


In his spare time, Dr. Tan enjoys skiing, hiking, and various winter activities.

Kelly Acton, B.Sc., D.D.S.

Kelly Acton, B.Sc., D.D.S.

Dentist at Southgate Dental Centre since 1999


Dr. Kelly Acton was born and raised in Edmonton. He graduated from the University of Alberta’s Dentistry program in 1994 and has been working at Southgate Dental Centre since 1999.


Dr. Acton is a member and in good standing with Alberta Dental Association and College.


His favourite leisure activities include hockey, gardening, motorcycling, and hobby farming.

Daxa Thakkar, D.D.S.

Daxa Thakkar, D.D.S.

Dentist at Southgate Dental Centre since August 2014


Dr. Daxa Thakkar was born and raised in Gujarat, India. In 2014, she studied at the University of Southern California in the United States to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Before that, in 2007, she graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist from Oxford College of Arts, Business, and Technology in Canada. In 2002, she earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the Government of Dental College and Hospital of India.


She is a member of the Alberta Dental Association, Canadian Dental Association, Dental Council of India, American Dental Association, and American Dental Education Association.


Dr. Thakkar has been married since March 2008 and has a four-year-old son.


Dr. Thakkar started working at Southgate Dental Centre on August 18, 2014. She likes being able to work independently. As a dentist, she loves being able to help people with their pain, giving them a reason to show off their beautiful smiles. She enjoys doing esthetic fillings and extractions.


In her spare time, Dr. Thakkar’s hobbies include travelling, shopping, dancing, swimming, and golfing.

If you’re searching for a dentist in South Edmonton, contact Southgate Dental Centre today.

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