We hope these biographies will put you at ease to know some things about the face behind the mask. Dr. Penkala and Dr. Harach are a husband/wife dental team and are the sole owner-practitioners of West Landing Dental.
Dr. Penkala and Dr. Harach truly enjoy providing dentistry to you and your family in a relaxing and informative way. They look forward to your visit at West Landing Dental!
Dr. Tamara Harach
Welcome to West Landing Dental!
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people through our dental practice at West Landing Dental. It has been a real joy to build relationships with patients of all ages and I feel privileged to be entrusted with their oral health.
I am dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care to my patients and truly believe that all patients require dental care unique to their individual needs. Only by listening and taking time with patients can we begin to understand what is best for our patients. I especially enjoy restorative dentistry, providing dental care to children, and endodontic therapy.
Growing up in rural Saskatchewan and being part of my parent’s family farm, has given me a love for the prairies and this province. This led me to study biology at the University of Saskatchewan, where I received my Bachelor of Science in 1987 and a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry in 1994. During dental school and upon graduation, I served with the Canadian Forces for 9 years, providing dental care to the members of the Canadian Forces.
After resigning my commission with the Canadian Forces, Dr. Penkala, who is my husband, and I opened West Landing Dental in 1999. Our practice is a general dentistry practice which provides a broad spectrum of dental services.
Although we are from the prairies, my family have become avid alpine skiers. As a result, much of my spare time is spent volunteering with the Regina Alpine Race Team and at ski races throughout western Canada. I also enjoy horses and have spent many years riding and training dressage horses.
Dr. Mike Penkala
Hi and welcome to West Landing Dental!
To the patients of West Landing Dental I am known as just "Dr. Mike". Since we opened West Landing Dental in 1999, I have thoroughly enjoyed building a dental practice where I have a trusting relationship with my patients. This trusting relationship I have with my patients starts with honesty. I always give my honest opinion on a dental problem and strive to give a solution that is best for my patient. I believe that there also has to be joy and laughter in life, and dentistry should not be an exception. I will always get a laugh from a nervous child if I ask them "are you married yet" or "are you here for a haircut".
Being from Saskatchewan, I grew up on a family farm outside of Melfort. Going to the University of Saskatchewan was a natural progression where I received my Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry in 1992. After an associateship in Regina, as well as in Kingston, Ontario, Dr. Harach and I decided to settle in Regina and open our own dental practice. Since graduating in 1992, there have been some amazing advances in dental technology. However, I believe that the technology should not replace developing a relationship with a patient; but rather the technology should make your dental experience better and more comfortable.
I especially enjoy doing orthodontics for my patients. I have received extra training under Dr. Richard Litt (FORCE Int.) and Dr. Coco Garcia (International Straight Wire and Orthopedic Seminars Inc.). I am also a registered Invisalign provider.
I have served as the President of the Regina Dental Society and have volunteered at the SIAST Free Dental Day for the past 3 years.
Outside of the office, I volunteer as the president of the Regina Alpine Race Team and Vice President of Sask Alpine, which works hand in hand with my passion for skiing. I also enjoy golfing and any activity that includes my family.