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About - Willowdale Dental Group

At Willowdale Dental Group, our team of dentists and specialists are dedicated to helping our patients look and feel their absolute best. From simple preventive appointments to the reconstruction of full smiles, we always strive to ensure that each of our patients receives the highest standards of professional dental care, and that their experience with us is both positive and rewarding.

At Willowdale Dental Group we understand the importance of making our clients feel welcome and relaxed. When you walk into the practice, it is like walking into a 7 star spa. The atmosphere is calming, soothing and relaxed. With your comfort in mind, our office features a treatment recovery area and snack bar. The team is pleasant, and we aim to ensure that the experience is a positive one.

Our Doctors

Dr. David Chan

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Dr. Chan completed 2 years of undergraduate studies prior to early acceptance into dental school. He graduated the Doctor of Dental Surgery program, with honours, at the University of Toronto in 2002. After graduation, David enhanced his dental skills by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry postdoctoral residency at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Chan has a passion for lifelong learning. He has taken numerous advanced and modern dental education programs. These include courses / certifications ranging in cosmetic dentistry, oral sedation, oral surgery and implant restorations. He has experience working both in Texas and Toronto in private practice.

Dr. Chan will work closely with all of the dedicated Willowdale Dental Group team members / dentists to deliver the highest level of comprehensive dental care. He is available through email and or a in person meeting at our office. Dr. Chan is attentive to his patients' concerns and enjoys helping them achieve the healthy smile they have always wanted via his conservative and gentle approach to dentistry.

Dr. Dale Nixon

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Dr. Dale Nixon holds an BSc in Bachelor of Science and DDS from the University of Alberta. After graduating from dental school in 1977, Dr. Nixon worked as an associate in dental practices in British Columbia, Sydney (Australia) and the GTA before joining Willowdale Dental Group. Dr. DN also is an MBA graduate with an interest in understanding behaviour and personalities.

Dr. Dale Nixon enjoys all aspects of dentistry with a special interest in comprehensive dental care. Dr. DN, prefers to have built rapport with patients prior to initiating on any course of treatment. Dr. DN is available through email and or a in person meeting at our office. Dr. DN will take a number of before and after photos to ensure each patients case is well documented and the results are consistent with what was promised.

Dr. Ross Tam

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Dr. Tam has an undergraduate degree and an interest in research related Molecular Genetics/Biology. In 2003-2007, he completed his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at University of Toronto.

At Willowdale dental group, Dr. Tam emphasizes his practice to implant placement, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, oral surgery and orthodontics. At Willowdale dental group, Dr. Tam works closely with Dr. Ha, Nixon and Der to ensure patients receive comprehensive objective treatment planning.

Dr. Tam is certified to administer oral moderate sedation and is a big proponent of the practice motto of creating concepts in cosmetic and sedation dentistry.

Dr. Tam is part of an internal study club within the practice. He welcomes patients to come and meet with him prior to embarking upon in depth treatments. Dr. Tam's friendly demeanor make him an invaluable team member.

Dr. David Okamura

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Dr. David, the middle of 5 children, was born to Japanese immigrant parents, in Alberta. He went to Port Credit High School and then obtained his BA in Math at Andrews University in Michigan USA. He graduated with his D.D.S. from the University of Toronto in 1969. In 1982 he married Ghislaine and the following year the first of their 4 sons was born. Kori, Riki, Kasey and Kyli are now all grown up and between the ages of 24-31.

One of his greatest enjoyments in practicing dentistry is to be able to engage in conversation with patients at a personal level.

Dave's interests include sports, casual golfing, philosophy, religion, arts, traveling and spending time with Ghislaine and the family.

Dr. Azza Elhaddad

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Dr. Azza Elhaddad received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1992 with honour (first of class) from Cairo University in Egypt, where she also finished her Master and PhD degrees in (Orthodontics) in 1998 and 2005 respectively. She received in 2006 a membership of Orthodontics form the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (UK). She worked as a Lecturer at Orthodontic department, Faculty of dentistry Cairo University from 1998 till 2012. She also practiced as an orthodontist in private clinics for more than 15 years in Egypt and in Saudi Arabia.

In 2012, Dr Azza and her family moved to Toronto where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honour from the University of Toronto in 2015. On graduation she received 3 awards.

Now, Dr Azza holds a licence as a general dentist from the Royal college of dental surgery in Ontario. She works as a part time instructor at the Faculty of Dentistry University of Toronto, in the comprehensive care program and in orthodontic seminars.

She speaks English, French and Arabic.

Specialists

Dr. Kilislian

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Dr. Kilislian received her DMD from Tufts university school of dental medicine located in Boston MA in 1995. Two years later she completed a specialist degree in endodontics. In 1997 Dr. Kilislian joined a large group of Specialists in Endodontics located in Toronto’s financial district as well as Yorkville.

Dr. Kilislians belief is that all patients have a right to specialized endodontic treatment regardless of their financial situation. In this regard she never denies patients treatment or an immediate appointment. Rather than have patients travel from other cities to see her in Toronto, she decided to open up Kawartha Endodontics in Peterborough and North Toronto to make endodontic care accessible for her referring dentists and their patients.

Dr. Kilislian treats all patients including government assistance patients, patients with disabilities and patients requiring various forms of sedation. She is the clinical director of the practice and has multiple associates in her practices. Dr. Kilislian is available 24 hours a day to answer any patient concerns or dental emergency.

Dr. Kilislian lectures on advances in endodontic surgery to various members of the dental community and does accept referrals from other endodontists. Patients are free to self -refer in the event they feel they may benefit from endodontic treatment or an endodontic consultation.

Dr. Kilislians main interests are in research related to saving the otherwise unsalvageable tooth.

For more information on Dr. Kilislian, kindly contact our office to set up a convenient time to meet.

Dr. Steven Ing

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Dr. Stephen Ing graduated with a DDS from the University of Toronto in 1999. In 2008, he completed a three year postgraduate training in dental anesthesia at the University of Toronto - an intensive program that provides focused training in sedation and general anesthesia for dental treatment.

Dr. Ing provides sedation endodontics, sedation implantology, including IV sedation, and is particularly skilled at putting anxious patients at ease about their dental treatment.

Dr. Hani Sadek

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Dr. Sadek is a specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and has achieved Board fellowship with the Royal College of Dentist of Canada. Dr. Sadek received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) at the University of Western Ontario in 2001, where he received numerous awards for his research in the Pediatric and Orthodontic Department.

Dr. Sadek completed his orthodontic specialty training at Ohio State University with the most renowned orthodontic educators. Dr. Sadek has many publications in peer-reviewed journals.

He is a member of the Ontario Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Sadek is designated as an Invisalign Preferred Provider meaning he has achieved a high level of clinical training and experience in treating patients with the Invisalign system.

Our Team

Jennifer - VP of Operations

Jennifer has a passion for dentistry and a healthy smile. She has explored a few career paths in the banking industry, business management for spa industry and most recently Dental Assisting Level I and Intra-Oral Dental Assisting Level II. She brings her strengths and skill set to Willowdale Dental Group as VP of Operations. She enjoys getting to know patients and being a part of the team at Willowdale. Outside of the office, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, catering, and traveling.

Andrea - Assistant Manager

Originally from Halifax, Andrea's interest in dentistry began during her orthodontic treatment as a teenager. She graduated in June 2010 from Nova Scotia Community College with her Level II Dental Assistant Certification. In May 2012, Andrea made the move to Toronto. After settling into the hustle and bustle of a big city, she has now settled into her position as Executive Assistant to the Practice Manager at Willowdale Dental Group.

From working inside the mouth to now working outside the mouth, Andrea uses her broad perspective in understanding patient needs and concerns. She believes that a healthy, beautiful smile contributes to well-being and quality of life.

If you cannot find Andrea in the office, you will find her dedicated to her volunteer work, practicing her Hungarian, playing soccer, taking photos and writing.

Leanne - Director of Patient and Dentist Relations

Leanne graduated with honors, as a Certified Dental Assistant in 1996 from Durham college.

Over the years she has expanded her duties and experience gaining CDA II certification, currently has completed Dental Office Management course from University of Toronto.

The part of her work role she enjoys the most is the interaction with our patients and providing them with the highest quality of care and helping them to have a positive and comfortable experience in our office.

Out of the office you can find Leanne with the joys of her life, her two sons and spending quality time with close family and friends. In her spare time she enjoys travel , soccer , exercise classes and fitness , along with anything that makes her smile.

Melanie - Director of Treatment Coordination

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Melanie is a motivated team player, who has a passion for making a difference in the lives of patients, specifically through the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. She is an accomplished certified Level 2 dental assistant, with years of clinical chair-side experience. Her interests include, Smile makeovers and restoration of edentulous patients, through implant placement. As a diversified team player, Melanie works intimately as Dr. Ha's right arm in complicated surgical procedures.

Ivona - Director of First Impressions

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Ivona has a degree in business marketing, as well as many years in the beauty industry. Over the years, she has established a reputation for her attention to detail and great customer service. She has a great ability to really listen to patients and find the best way to meet their needs, while making sure to accommodate them with their schedule and oral health goals. Ivona likes to get to know the patients so she can go the distance to make their experience at Willowdale Dental Group the best it can be. She believes that having a bright, healthy smile can really help someones confidence.

During her leisure time, Ivona loves to travel and has been to over 20 countries. She also enjoys anything to do with the arts, whether its going to a concert or watching a play at the theatre.

Elise - Director of First Impressions

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I have been apart of the business team here at Downtown Dental Associates for 7 years and I'm happy to call Downtown Dental my family and home away from home. I will be the first to meet you with a big smile and friendly hello. With my 30 years experience in dental office administration and patient care, I am always available to assist in any questions or concerns you may have. I have a wonderful husband, a recently married beautiful daughter and 2 great step sons.

Mona - Registered Dental Hygienist

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Hey, having fun reading up on all our bios? Looking for a compassionate and gentle hygienist? Looking for someone that will treat you with utmost respect? Want someone with experience who would not stab your gums? Mona wants you! Mona has been a registered dental hygienist since 1990. Mona graduated from the dental hygiene program at St. Clair College where she also earned the "Golden Scaler Award" for clinical proficiency. She is looking forward to meet new faces and continue to maintain her excellent rapport with all her patients. So, what are you waiting for?

Jasmine - Registered Dental Hygienist

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Jasmine has been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 10 years. She worked as a head dental hygienist and also as a practice manager for several years in Seoul, South Korea. The vast amount of knowledge and skills Jasmine gained over the years enables her to provide the highest quality of care to clients. She has lots of experience with all groups of patients, especially periodontic, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental clients.

Jasmine's friendly and positive personality helps to relax clients, even young children, when they receive dental hygiene services. Her passion for traveling and exploring new things motivated her to work in South Korea and Australia before settling in Canada in 2006.

Tina - Registered Dental Hygienist

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Knowing your smile is connected to your overall health, Tina will help you achieve optimal dental health with her many years of experience and caring nature.

Before following her passion as a dental hygienist, she earned a diploma in Business Administration with an accounting specialty, after which she studied Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene at George Brown College where she graduated with honours . She is continually educating herself in the dental field to better help her patients.

Being in a multi disciplinary practice is allowing her to branch into different and exciting areas of dentistry ,but her favourite part of her day is still getting to know her patients on a more personal level.

During her leisure time, Tina enjoys jogs by the lake, time with her family, being involved with her church and watching her Blue Jays play ball.

Kaori - Registered Dental Hygienist

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Kaori was born in Japan and studied Dental Hygiene in Osaka. She started gaining valuable work experience at the Osaka University Dental Hospital. Kaori's next positions were in the public health sector, traveling around Japan to visit private companies to provide oral exams and educate employees about dental health, and working in several private clinics. In 1997 Kaori decided to come to Canada on a work visa for one year. She worked with Dr. Okamura for a few months during that year and when she made the decision to immigrate to Canada in 2000, she began working with Dr. Okamura and his team as a Certified Dental Assistant Level II.

In 2007 Kaori became a Registered Dental Hygienist. She now has multiple roles as part of Dr. Okamura's team, doing hygiene, assisting and reception.

In her spare time she enjoys camping, nature, making candles and soap. She looks forward each year, when she travels back to Japan to visit family and friends.

Stephanie - Registered Dental Hygienist

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Stephanie is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated with honours from The Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba Stephanie began her journey through the dental world when she took a two year dental technology course in 2009. This was when she realized her passion for dentistry, which brought her down the path of dental hygiene. She decided to move to Toronto after completing her first year at the University or Winnipeg.

Her number one influencer would be her father. At a young age Stephanie saw the extreme troubles her father faced with his oral hygiene and how a trip to the dental office would cause severe anxiety. Not only does Stephanie practice with the highest quality of care, she makes a great effort to ensure that her patients are as comfortable as possible before beginning treatment. Stephanie's big smile, positive attitude and warm personality will help brighten your day and allow you to relax during your time spent here at Willowdale dental.

Stephanie is a health and nutrition enthusiast. On her free time she is always being active, whether it be in the gym at the crack of dawn, being outdoors, or being involved with sports. Health and fitness is definitely a passion and priory in Stephanie’s life, whether it be your smile and general health or your body.

Angie - Certified Dental Assistant II

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Angie is a consummate professional with unsurpassed superlative empathy towards nervous or special needs patients. After years of experience working with multi talented dentists, Angie brings WDG a unique as well as diversified skill set. Angie's infectious smile is multifaceted in that not only does it allay patient fears; moreover, her smile brings joy to all who engage her.

Alexandra - Certified Dental Assistant II

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Alexandra was born and raised in Romania where she studied civil engineering. After the third year of university, while vacationing in Canada, Alexandra decided to make Canada home for her and her husband. Alexandra graduated with honors as a Certified Level II Dental Assistant in 2013 and in 2015 also received her Certification for Dental Treatment Coordinator, both credentials received from George Brown College.

Since graduation, Alexandra has been dedicating her time to helping patients have the best experience while in the dental chair. Patients love her warmth, professionalism and her passion for patient care. If you are anxious about dentistry, Alexandra will always find a way to help our patients feel more at ease.

Outside of the dental treatment rooms and office, Alexandra spends her time with her lovely twin girls, family and friends.

Mamiko - Certified Dental Assistant II

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Mamiko was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She graduated from Dental Assisting and worked for 7 years in Japan doing assisting and reception. In 1999 she came, initially, to Vancouver and later to Toronto to study English. It was in 2000 that she first met her husband to be. Mamiko traveled several times back and forth to Japan but finally decided to make Canada her home. She started to work with Dr. Okamura in 2006 and received her Certified Dental Assistant Level II in 2007.

Mamiko married in 2005 and it turns out her husband and his family were long time patients of Dr. Okamura. Together they have two small children. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.

Ghislaine - Dental Assistant

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Ghislaine was born in the South of France but moved to Northern England 3 months later. At 12 years of age she emigrated to Canada with her parents. After high school she studied nursing and then obtained a post-graduate certificate in operating room nursing. Her last full-time position in nursing was as one of the head-nurses in the operating room at the Hospital for Sick Children. After marrying Dr. David Okamura, she stayed home to raise their 4 boys. Once the boys were in school full-time she started to work with her husband and slowly took over all the business and administrative duties, allowing Dr. David to focus on patient care.

Her hobbies are: traveling, watercolor painting, sewing, photography and various other crafts. Her greatest enjoyment is spending family time with Dave, the 4 boys and their partners.

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