Proudly standing in his dental office in Iqaluit, Dr. Steven M. Partyka is ready to examine his next patient. Originally from New Jersey, Steven spent a few years living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, before moving to move to Iqaluit in 2009 to run Arctic Circle Dental.
Steven is often asked how someone from the northeastern United States, living just next door to the largest city in North America, can decide to put on his coat and move to the far north. His response is unambiguous: the people in Iqaluit are friendly, the sense of community is inspiring, and he feels that people genuinely need him there.
Many Inuit, especially children, have difficult dental problems. Steven offered to provide pro bono dental services to children at the local hospital, however administrators could not accept due to bureaucratic obstacles.
Working tirelessly, often more than 10 hours a day and 7 days a week, Steven and his fantastic team find satisfaction in the smiles they receive from clients when they leave Arctic Circle Dental.
With his generosity, relentless work, and enthusiasm, Steven has become an important part of the local community. Making a difference in his new home, his work can be seen in almost every smile in Iqaluit.
Thank you very much Steven!