At Willowdale Dental Group we understand the importance of making our patients feel at home. Upon entering the practice we hope to create a "cheers" type atmosphere where "everybody knows your name". The atmosphere is calming, soothing and relaxed. With your comfort in mind, our office features a treatment recovery area and refreshments. The team is pleasant, and we aim to ensure that your experience is a positive one. We feel that doing onto others as you would have them due on to you is not in the patients interest. Willowdale dental group ensures we do onto others as they would have done onto them, this way we are not treating patients the way we want to; rather, we are treating patients the way they want to be treated. Our patients perception is our reality. Informed consent is paramount to what we do.
Sarah – VP of Operations
Sarah Barradas is a graduate of Queen's University (double major Life Sciences and Physical Education). Sarah worked as a consultant for dental equipment and practice software companies before joining Willowdale Dental Group.
Sarah is also a registered restorative dental hygienist. In her role as treatment coordinator she provides information and assistance to patients making decisions about complex treatment plans. She is also a co-education director of the non-profit Dr. Kilislian School for Excellence in Dental Continuing Education.
As a teenager, Sarah was a captain of a national woman's soccer team and represented Canada in the Pan American games. A true team player, Sarah has an open door management philosophy and is keen on helping patients get the best dental outcomes.
Jennifer – Director of First Impressions
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 Director of First Impressions. 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.
Maria - Director of First Impressions
Maria is a graduate of George brown College’s dental administration program. She is the woman you love to hate.Although she is in charge of the department patients hate most-Accounts Receivable, patients can’t help but fall in love with her charming persona. Maria is a mother of two, therefore, she approaches her role coming from a position of I’ve been there as well, and empathy. When not crossing the t's and dotting the I's, Maria can be found making friends with those she cares most about - our patients.
Andrea – Executive Assistant/Treatment Coordinator
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.
Judy - Registered Dental Hygienist
Judy is an experienced full time Registered Dental Hygienist whose emphasis is on the delivery of gentle and quality hygiene care
After many years of practicing she is still as passionate as ever about her career as demonstrated by her involvement in continuing education.
Mona – Registered Dental Hygienist
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?
Elizabeth - Registered Dental Hygienist
Elizabeth is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated with honors from the Canadian Academy of Dental Hygiene. Elizabeth is originally from Sarnia, Ontario where she worked for 3 years as a dental assistant before going back to school to pursue her passion for dental hygiene. You will be in great hands with this passionate, experienced and caring hygienist.
Elizabeth’s always practices with high integrity and provides her patients with exceptional quality of care with the main goal of helping her patients establish optimal oral health. When free, she usually spends her time exploring the city, spending time with friends and family and she especially loves running and practicing yoga. Elizabeth’s future plans include furthering her dental career and travelling as much of the world as she can.
Jasmine - Registered Dental Hygienist
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
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
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
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.
Melanie – Certified Dental Assistant II
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.
Angie – Certified Dental Assistant II
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.
Leanne – Certified Dental Assistant II
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.
Alexandra - Dental Assistant
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
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 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.