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Dr. Halpin

Our clinic is a family-run practice that my partner Dawn and I started, with a vision to provide amazing care to our community. Our plan was always for me to provide the clinical dentistry and she would manage everything, from patient care to administrative duties, on time and with relative ease. Together we built the practice from the "ground up", only having ourselves and a few family members and friends for patients when first opening back in the fall of 1999. It has been a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but now that the practice has grown and developed we are able to see the long-term benefits in our caring, competent staff as well as in our satisfied patients. No advertising we could invest in has provided us with new patients, as much as the positive word of mouth our now established patients have provided and we thank them for that.


Dr. Andrew Halpin

Dr. Halpin obtained his bachelor’s degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Upon graduation, he played professional hockey in Europe and traveled extensively before entering dental school. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Dalhousie University in 1995. He won many awards including the Canadian Dental Association Presidents’ Award – an award presented to one fourth year dental student for leadership, scholarship, humanity and general good character. Dr. Halpin and his family lived in Ottawa for four years until an opportunity to establish a practice in Halifax presented itself in October 1999. This office is the result. In the spring of 2001, Dr. Halpin completed a teaching position at Dalhousie University. He has been an Associate Member of the International Association for Orthodontics since 2001 and in 2010, completed an upgrade in his credentials for Advanced Orthodontics. In 2006 he obtained additional training in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea through the use of oral appliances, and also became a Certified Invisalign Practioner. In 2007 Dr. Halpin went from placing crowns on implanted teeth, to also surgically placing implants. In 2011 he began offering mini-implants to his patients, especially for denture stabilization. In 2018 Dr. Halpin purchased an iTero scanner to provide digital impressions for our patients and eliminate messy manual impressions. In 2020, Dr. Halpin purchased a 3D digital PAN/Ceph x-ray unit to better service and diagnostics for our patients. He recognizes the importance in providing the most current treatments, thus ongoing continuing education is a priority for all our staff. In his spare time, Andy spends time with his family, plays tennis and guitar, or can be found in a hockey arena coaching.

Dr. Ryan Murphy

Dr. Murphy was born and raised in Halifax, Dr. Murphy graduated from Dalhousie University with a BSc in 2008 and with his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2012. Following graduation he was one of two dentists selected to the Dalhousie General Practice Residency program. During his residency, Dr. Murphy had an opportunity to treat dental emergencies, gain experience in oral surgery and other hospital based rotations, and travel to Northern Labrador to treat under-served populations.  This one-year program is unique within Atlantic Canada, and one of only seven in the country. Dr. Murphy is able to provide Nitrous Oxide sedation for those patients who require it. He is very proficient in oral surgery procedures including extractions, wisdom teeth and surgical placement of dental implants. He is also a Certified Invisalign Provider. In 2020, Dr. Murphy began the process to complete his certification in straight wire and removable aligner orthodontics. In his free time, Ryan enjoys golfing, playing hockey, and spending time outdoors with his wife, Sarah, puppy Charley and three children.


Heather - Hygienist & Orthodontic Clinical Coordinator

Heather joined our practice in August 2019, after filling in for a year-long maternity leave at another practice, to replace Pier Anne who moved out of province. Heather completed her Dental Hygiene Diploma at Dalhousie University in 2018, along with her College of Dental Hygienists of NS Self-Initiation Course and her Local Anesthesia Course. Heather has her Orthodontic Certification, and 2023 took on the role of Orthodontic Clinical Coordinator. In her spare time, Heather enjoys exercising, spending time outside with friends and family and trying out new coffee shops! She is gentle and kind, and we are pleased to have Heather as part of the Bridgeview Dental team.

Roxana - Hygienist & Orthodontics

Roxana filled in as our second dental hygienist while Melanie was on maternity leave in 2012. We liked her so much, we asked her to stay on in a permanent position after Mel returned. Roxana is an honours graduate of the Dental Hygiene program at Cambrain College in Sudbury, Ontario. She has over ten years experience working as a hygienist and also has orthodontic and children’s dentistry experience. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, is friendly and professional and looks forward to providing excellent oral care to our patients. Roxy completed the CD HNS Self-Initiation course in 2010 and in 2015 obtained her Local Anesthesia Certification for the Dental Hygienist. She obtained her Orthodontic Certification in 2016 through the International Association for Orthodontics and collaborates in keeping our orthodontic charts up to date. In her spare time, Roxana enjoys spending time with family and their dog Carly.

Lisa - Hygienist & Orthodontics

Lisa became part of the Bridgeview Dental family in January 2021, as Melanie moved into her permanent Clinical Coordinator position in orthodontics, and quickly became a favourite for our patients. Known for her sweet, kind, gentle manner and touch, Lisa is fantastic at calming nervous patients. A 2004 honours graduate of Durham University College in Oshawa, Ontario, she also completed the CDHNS course to Self-Initiate in 2010. She has held an active license to practice in Ontario, PEI and finally Nova Scotia, where her heart truly lies. With 17 years of experience working as a dental hygienist, she also has pediatric, implant and orthodontic dentistry experience. In 2023, she obtained her Orthodontic Certification. In her spare time, she loves being with her family, friends, playing the piano and enjoying nature. We are thrilled to have Lisa as part of our team.

Larissa - Hygienist

Larissa hails from New Brunswick and joined our team in 2023, after graduating from Dalhousie with her Diploma in Dental Hygiene. She has returned to university at Dal for one additional year, to complete her Degree in Dental Hygiene, so will be seeing patients part-time on Wednesday and Friday afternoons until the end of 2023, and then will be working all day Fridays starting in 2024. We are excited to have Larissa spend her non-school time with us at Bridgeview, and know our patients are going to feel well looked after in her care.

Hannah - Hygienist

Hannah was born and raised in Cape Breton, NS and travelled to Ottawa, ON where she completed her Advanced Diploma of Dental Hygiene, at the Canadian National Institute of Health in Ottawa. She also has her College of Dental Hygiene of Nova Scotia Self-Initiation course. Hannah moved back to Cape Breton where she practiced as a RDH, soon realizing she missed the city. Hannah now resides in Halifax where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cat Luna. Hannah joined Bridgeview Dental in October 2023 as a full-time replacement for Fallon, who decided to not return post maternity leave. We know our patients are going to love Hannah’s wonderful chair-side care.

Rebecca - Hygienist

Rebecca joined our clinic as a full-time hygienist in  2023, as we continue to add to our team in order to better serve our growing patient base. Rebecca is a honours graduate of the Dental Hygiene program at the Canadian National Institute of Health in Ottawa, and has completed her College of Dental Hygiene of Nova Scotia Self-Initiation course. She is passionate about promoting oral health. In her downtime, Rebecca enjoys being outside, travelling, and cherishes quality time with friends. We are excited to have her join our team!

Treatment Coordinator & Assistants

Tanya - Treatment Coordinator

Tanya joined us in 2020 as our Treatment Coordinator, to replace Carrie who decided to pull away from the dental field to spend more time with her family. Tanya graduated from NSCC Dental assisting in 2004 and had a great career working as a Level 2 Registered Dental Assistant for 10 years. In 2014 Tanya decided to move into the administrative aspect of dentistry, bringing with her a wealth of clinical dental knowledge. Tanya is organized and very knowledgeable in dealing with dental insurance companies. She is dedicated to her position, believes everyone deserves to smile big and because of that she works extra hard to get each patient the bright smile they deserve. Tanya spends her spare time with her partner, two sons Nicholas and Lucas, and their beloved French Bulldog Tucker. Her other passions include kickboxing, hockey, and gathering with her family and friends.

Melissa - Dental Assistant

Melissa our Level 2 Registered Dental Assistant, graduated in 2001 from the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology. She has worked with us since 2002 and has the best memory in the clinic for faces and names. Melissa’s knowledge and experience allow her to address questions and concerns you may have about any dental procedures. Melissa works chairside with mainly Dr. Murphy and sometimes with Dr. Halpin. You will also see her working at the front desk as she is cross-trained to work both chairside and front desk tasks. Her kind approach and friendly smile always make our patients feel welcome and relaxed.

Haley - Dental Assistant

Haley graduated from Level 2 Dental Assisting at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology in 1999. Within a few months she moved to Ottawa where she practiced in both Orthodontics and General Dentistry. She also got married to her best friend. After 15 years Haley and her husband decided to come home to be closer to family and the ocean. Haley joined the Bridgeview team in 2018. As a dental assistant Haley enjoys helping people understand dental procedures and feel comfortable and relaxed. She is organized, intelligent and experienced. Sharing in volunteer work as well as spending time with friends and family are an important part of how she spends her downtime. In addition to working chairside, Haley handles our dental supply inventory system and all our ordering. We are blessed to have her as part of the Bridgeview Dental team!

Courtney - Dental Assistant

Courtney joined us in 2023 as a Level 2 Registered Dental Assistant, to work chairside with Dr. Halpin, once our former DA Ting left dentistry post-maternity leave. She moved to Halifax from NL in 2010, completed her BA at NSCAD University and has stayed in Halifax ever since. Courtney graduated from NSCC as a Level 2 Dental Assistant, enjoys meeting new people and being able to help in making our patients smile! Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog. Courtney has always had a huge interest in teeth and is glad to finally be able to live out her passion within her career. Welcome Courtney, we are so happy to have you as part of our team!

Office Manager & Support Staff

Dawn Halpin, Office Manager

Dawn was initially trained at Dalhousie University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse in renal dialysis and transplant from 1991-2000. She was responsible for aspects of human resources during her nursing career and when Dr. Halpin wanted to start his own practice in 1999, she was drawn into working with him to handle all business aspects of the clinic.

Dawn does it all, HR & payroll, bookkeeping, A/R, A/P, social media and all marketing for the clinic. She jumps in wherever she’s needed to support our team. She is our resident IT support too!

In addition to managing the dental office, Dawn opened her own dance studio called Illusion Dance Arts in 2021, and and is busy teaching dance to competitive dancers. This fills her time with all four of her and Andy’s children off to university.

She truly believes we have the best dental team anywhere and feels that they are her second family.

Amy, Orthodontic Financial Coordinator

Amy joined us in the fall of 2017. She has a background of working in administration. She graduated with a degree in Journalism in 2005 and spent some time working at a radio station reading the weekend news on-air. In 2018, Amy was promoted to Orthodontic Financial Coordinator after demonstrating her stellar organizational skills, and in 2021 she began assisting the Manager with Accounts Payable. Amy is happy to be part of the team delivering exceptional customer service and in her spare time making “the best chocolate chip muffins,” at least according to her kids. Amy is easygoing and very hardworking. She keeps our front desk on task. We love having Amy as part of our Bridgeview Dental front desk team!


Mary, Dental Receptionist

Mary moved to the east coast from Port Perry, Ontario in 2019 and quickly settled into our practice. She replaced Kathryn who returned to university for her dental degree. Mary became a Certified Level 2 Dental Assistant in 2004 and has spent the past 15 years working in the dental field. She has lots of experience in dental administration. In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with her two children, six chickens, dog, and snake!

Trina, Dental Receptionist

Trina became a part of our team in June 2020, when we reopened after our mandatory COVID closure. The clinic was so busy, we needed the extra assistance at our front desk. She brings with her more than 25 years of business administrative experience, with 14 years of experience being in dental administration. Trina is responsible for scheduling patient appointments, assisting with payments and answering any inquiries patients may have during their treatment journey. Trina also has experience as a sterilization technician at her previous positions. In her spare time, Trina and her partner Jeff enjoy travelling, golf, kayaking, hiking, curling, biking and skiing. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family and snuggling with her two cats Charlie and Google.


Sharen, Accounts Receivable

Sharen assists patients at our front desk and assists the manager with A/R. She brings over 25 years of experience running a business and working in the dental field! Sharen is usually the one to contact patients after an appointment if there is an issue with their insurance or for any outstanding balances. Sharen is hardworking – we have to try and force her to take a break – and always has the best, positive attitude. We love having her as part of our team. In her spare time, Sharen is busy with her grandchildren.