Meet the Staff

The first thing you'll notice when you walk into any of our offices is the friendly and inviting atmosphere. All of our staff will provide you with the best possible experience during your visit to the dentist. Meet our friendly New Hamburg staff below.

Dr. Manning Chiang
Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Dr. Chiang attended high school at Lisgar Collegiate Institute and the University of Western Ontario School Of Dentistry. He graduated in 1997 from the Schulich School of Dentistry from the University of Western Ontario. As a graduate he accepted awards which included the Pierre Fichaud academy of dentistry award and community dentistry award. As a dentist in practice for over 13 years he prides himself in providing all patients excellence in dentistry and using the latest in dentistry techniques to provide you with a beautiful and healthy smile. Due to his gentle and calming demeanour with his positive outlook on life, he loves treating children and adults alike. He provides orthodontic straightening of teeth via traditional braces and Invisalign, as well as providing good family dentistry and enjoys restoring teeth via fillings, implants and crowns and bridges. A self-professed individual to detail, he loves the art of dentistry. Dr. Chiang entered into private practice in Kitchener in 1997 and obtained a wealth of knowledge and experience before coming to provide his dental care for the patients and communities of the Community Dental Groups. He highly enjoys working in this dental group practice environment with Dr. Kwek, Dr. McCara and Dr. Van Beek as he can then share ideas, philosophies and patients who need family dental care. Additionally, Dr. Chiang believes strongly in education to prevent oral health problems before they occur, and he makes sure to keep patients fully informed about their dental health. He is a member of the Ontario Dental Association, Royal College of Dental Surgeons, and Waterloo Wellington Dental Society. Upon graduation in 1997, Dr. Chiang moved to Kitchener, Waterloo. He has since raised a family with his wife of 13 years, Alexandra and their two children, Sydney and Justin. Dr. Chiang’s personal hobbies and interests include basketball, running, skiing, mountain biking, gardening and volunteering at Creekside Church. He welcomes new and existing members of the communities and surrounding areas to come visit the Community Dental Group practices and experience service and family care with a big smile
Dr. Miyen Kwek
Dr. Kwek graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto in 1997. He practised all aspects of dentistry in Toronto and Burlington until 1999 when he moved to Kitchener to further his career. In 2002, he finally found his dental home in the wonderful community of New Hamburg, which he later named as the ‘New Hamburg Dental Group’. In 2007 and 2010, he and Dr. Manning Chiang brought their quality approach to dental care to the welcoming communities of Wellesley, Drayton and now Breslau. Dr. Kwek prides himself with ensuring that he provides the best quality dental care for his patients both inside and outside of the office. He has planted his dental roots in the smaller communities of New Hamburg, Wellesley, Drayton and Breslau as he believes in a community and patient centered approach to dental treatment. His easy going personality and professional yet humourous chairside manner allows his patients to feel at ease under his care. He is known to his patients as the dentist who makes follow-up calls to ensure their well being is his priority. He also prides himself in giving back to the community on many levels. He continues to actively support local charities, events, team sports, organizations, schools, and mission projects abroad. Since 1997, Dr. Kwek’s philosophy of practice has been to provide the best long term treatment in order to prevent disease, wear and tear, and to prevent fracture and unnecessary tooth loss. Although he is committed to providing clinical excellence in every aspect of dentistry to his patients, he has a true passion for oral surgery, replacing teeth with dental implants, and creating esthetic, affordable, immediate and long lasting smile makeovers. Dr. Kwek stays current by continually taking advanced level courses in implant therapy and bone and tissue regeneration. He also teaches general surgery courses to other dentists who are interested in gaining more experience. His attention to detail and quality of care is why Dr. Kwek’s patients continue to refer their families and friends from all over the region. When he is not at the office, Dr. Kwek is enjoying family life with his sons, Jaden and Tai. Dr. Kwek also enjoys going to the gym, participating in a wide variety of sports, travelling and riding his motorcycle.
Dr. Ruth MacCara
Dr. MacCara obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology/Pharmacology in 1988 from the University of Western Ontario. This same year she was accepted into Dental School at U.W.O., graduating in 1992, with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. Immediately upon graduation she accepted an associateship position in Hanover, Ontario where she remained until 1999 at which time she relocated to join the New Hamburg Dental Group. Dr. MacCara enjoys working with dental patients of all ages and stages in the friendly atmosphere of the New Hamburg Dental Group. Dr. MacCara and her husband Gennaro have three children, Matthew, Emily and Hope. Currently they reside on a farm in New Hamburg. Dr. MacCara is a very active member of the community and greatly enjoys both working and living there. Dr. MacCara’s personal hobbies and interests include traveling, walking, reading, nature and dogs.
Donna, Office Manager
I graduated as a Level I Dental Assistant in 1979. After enjoying assisting for those years, I came to the New Hamburg Dental Group 13 years ago and have never looked back! I have been the Office Manager for 8 years now. I love being completely absorbed in my work and I am amazed how everyday I learn something new from our incredible patients and staff. Outside of my work family I enjoy gardening, travel, swimming and am just getting into photography.My husband and I are blessed with grandchildren and spend as much time playing with them as possible . We also have a crazy black lab named Tara!
Arden, Office Administrator
I have been a receptionist at the office for 15 years and truly love my job. I enjoy the challenges our busy office presents daily and I especially love our amazing patients! It is a pleasure to live and work in this wonderful community. In my "spare" time I like to play with my four grandchildren, work out at the gym and travel the world with my husband.
Rachel, Office Administrator
I started working here "behind the scenes" in 2009, when a software change required extensive data input to be completed. I was happy to work after hours and weekends as I had a small baby at home to occupy my days. Gradually my role transitioned into working with the front desk staff, doing confirmation calls, and filing. Now I am here at the New Hamburg Dental Group full time and enjoy my role in our office. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters both at home and the cottage.
Nancy, Certified Dental Assistant Level II
I have been a dental assistant for 25 years of which the last 13 have been with the New Hamburg Dental Group. What I enjoy the most is working with and caring for the dental needs of a community in which I was born and raised. I also love working with an exceptional staff which I consider my second family. My position, primarily as Dr. Kwek's assistant, involves assisting him with wisdom tooth extractions, implant placement and many other facets of oral surgery which I truly enjoy. Out of the office I enjoy gardening, baking, handbell ringing and my yoga classes!
Natasha, Certified Dental Assistant Level II
I graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Cambrian College in 1995. I joined the New Hamburg Dental Group in October of 2009. In 2013, I moved with my sons to New Hamburg to be part of this great community. I enjoy every part of my job and love the patients and all of the people I work with. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my boys, riding on the motorcycle and watching dirt biking! I also enjoy playing the odd video game with my boys!
Geri, Certified Dental Assistant Level II
After my daughter was old enough to be on her own, I closed my daycare business and returned to school. I now have been a HARP certified Level II Dental Assistant for the past 10 years. I spent my first 5 years gaining experience at different offices until I got the opportunity to work in the family atmosphere of the New Hamburg Dental Group. Continuing conversations with returning patients and seeing them smile after successful procedures is very rewarding. When I get home I am greeted by my chihauhau who is just as excited to see me as I am to see him. It's great having family at work and at home!
Sue, Dental Assistant
I have worked as a dental assistant at the New Hamburg Dental Group for over 30 years. I enjoy meeting patients and getting to know them. I love being a part of the amazing team in our office. When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and my five grandchildren. I also love to ride my horses and walk with my dogs.
Katy, Certified Dental Assistant Level II
In 2011 I graduated as a certified level II dental assistant. I have gained experience in the last 4 years working in different offices in the area. Recently, I joined the New Hamburg Dental Group and have been amazed by all the outstanding staff and patients in this community that I've gotten to know. I have learned a lot and can't wait to continue learning and provide our patients with a great dental visit. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, my cottage, exploring Europe and playing with my very handsome Bowser dog Cornelius!
Connie, Registered Dental Hygienist
I have been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 22 years. I have been with the New Hamburg Dental Group for 16 of them. My hobbies include spending time at the cottage with family and friends, hiking and outdoor activities and spending time with my golden retriever KC.
Linda, Registered Dental Hygienist
I graduated from Canadore College in 2009 and am a member of the College of Dental Hygienists and the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association. I am from Kitchener and moved to New Hamburg since joining the New Hamburg Dental Group in 2010. I am passionate about educating my patients in oral health to help them make informed decisions. I am a wife and mother to a son. Outside of the office I enjoy volunteering, teaching Sunday School, travelling with missions and spending quality time with family.
Veronika, Registered Dental Hygienist
As a child, I was terrified of the dental office. I was fortunate enough to encounter a dental hygienist that helped me to overcome my fears of the dentist. LIttle did I know that this would shape the choice of my career. I decided I wanted to work in a dental office and help those who were frightened like I was as a child. For a couple of years I worked as a dental assistant and then returned to school to become a Dental Hygienist. In 2007 I graduated to become a Registered Dental Hygienist through the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. I have enjoyed many years in the dental field going from part time to full time. I have attended and continue to enjoy many courses to increase my level of care for my clients. I love to take care of people, and provide the best dental hygiene services in a relaxed, caring environment. My goal is to educate and provide information so that my clients can improve their oral health, thus contributing the the well being of their general health. Outside the office I enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband and my beautiful son. I am very passionate about giving back to the community and enjoy volunteering at my local community centre.
Jessica, Registered Dental Hygienist
Jessica is a dental hygienist with Community Dental Groups, she works in the Breslau and New Hamburg offices. She graduated from The Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Community Sciences in June 2014. She has been working with Community Dental Groups since August of that year. Jessica loves her job as a dental hygienist, she loves being able to build relationships with all of her clients. Jessica has a passion for oral health and loves teaching her clients how to achieve their optimal oral health. She also keeps up to date with current technology and research by participating in multiple continuing education courses. When she is not working, her hobbies include: snowboarding, hiking with her Fiance and her dogs. She also enjoys spending as much time as possible at her family cottage on Georgian Bay.