Meet Dr. Ankit Patel – General Dentist
Dr. Ankit Patel
Our patients call him Dr. A!
Dr. A was born and raised in Thornhill and attended Vaughan Secondary School. Graduating with honours in 2002, Dr. A went on to achieve his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Ferris State University, Michigan where he was consistently on the Dean’s list. Awarded early admission to the University of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry, Dr. A was among the youngest to graduate at the tender age of 24.
Licensed by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, Dr. A is a member of the Ontario Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He has also completed a 1-year residency focusing on dental implants before he became a dentist in Mississauga.
When not at Erinwood Dental (either our Dundas dental practice or at our Eglinton dentist practice), Dr. A spends a lot of his free time with his friends and family or at the gym. Dr. A loves painting and writing poetry, while taking long reflective walks on the beaches before preparing his nightly candlelit dinner from scratch. He also volunteers at a puppy shelter.
Meet Dr. Kunal Patel – General Dentist
Dr. Kunal Patel
Yes, you guessed it… We call him Dr. K!
The heart of Toronto is Dr. K’s home town, but he’s lived in many places since graduating from North Albion Collegiate Institute (NACI) in Rexdale. Like Dr. A, he went to Ferris State University for his undergrad (BS, Summa Cum Laude). Dr. K achieved his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2009 and was presented the Dr. John M. Spence Award for outstanding achievement in operative dentistry.
Dr. K lives and breathes nothing but dentistry … but even so, his family comes first. So much so that he even loves to brush their teeth and lecture them on proper flossing technique. They joke that they would rather he be at the practice! Dr. K is infatuated with cars and enjoys travelling and golfing. And if you love to talk, so does he!
We want you to be completely comfortable with your choice of a dental home, so if you’re new to us, Dr. K would love for you to stop by even if you just want to meet him and get familiar with the practice and our team before your first appointment.
Meet Dr. Dan Cohen – General Dentist
Dr. Dan Cohen
You can call him Dr. Dan!
Dr. Dan was born and raised in the GTA before heading west to the University of Guelph where he completed both a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological Sciences and a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Bone Physiology.
After a volunteer trip to rural Ghana in 2011, Dr. Dan was inspired by his experiences teaching oral hygiene and safe health practices to those in need. This led him to pursue a career in dentistry and he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Detroit Mercy in 2019. There, he continued to work with vulnerable populations. He volunteered in mobile clinics at elementary schools in underserved areas in the city as well as oral cancer screening events throughout Detroit. In 2018, Dr. Dan embarked on a mission trip to Haiti to provide much needed treatment to those without access to dental care.
Dr. Dan enjoys getting to know his patients, answering any and all of their questions about dentistry in order to make everyone comfortable in the chair. He enjoys working with kids and is an Invisalign certified provider. His easy going nature and sense of humour make visiting the dentist a positive experience for all. When he is not at the office, you can often catch Dr. Dan watching a Raptors game, trying out a new restaurant around Toronto or cooking meals for his friends and family.
Meet Dr. Dale Lai – General Dentist
Dr. Dale Lai
You can call her Dr. Dale!
Though she grew up a short subway ride from San Francisco, Dr. Dale relocated to the GTA to build a life with her boyfriend Michael, a classmate in dental school – but not before achieving the unexpected. After earning her doctorate, Dr. Dale spent two months on a Naval ship helping to deliver free dental care to the indigenous people of the Polynesian Islands!
At the practice, Dr. Dale loves our positive family environment and being surrounded by a team of like-minded professionals who place their focus on patient-centred care and creating a warm and inviting experience for everyone in your family. She enjoys all aspects of general dentistry – especially creating beautiful smiles with cosmetic treatments. It’s important to her to help make you smile – both through the work she does, and by making you at ease while in her care.
Now making her home in the GTA, Dr. Dale spends her free time volunteering at the local comprehensive free dental clinic and exploring our amazing neighbourhood with Michael and their family dog, Capo, a five-year-old Beagle mix.
About Our Team
Kim Knight, Office Manager
Kim has been in the dental business since 1991. She’s proud to be a part of such a truly amazing team at Erinwood Dental and helps patients feel at ease and comfortable in the dental environment. It’s important to Kim that her patients have a positive experience.
The busy mom of two great kids, Kim likes to read and enjoy the great outdoors in her spare time. Her happy place is up north, relaxing in a Muskoka chair with a good book.
Patricia King, Office Manager
Patricia is no stranger to the dental industry. Now, a wife and mother of two, she began her career as a Dental Receptionist in the summer of 1991, and have since maintained a professional unwavering passion for her chosen occupation.
She currently serves as Office Manager within our practice, undertaking duties ranging from accounts receivable/payable, human resources and treatment coordinating. Patients admire her for her pleasant personality, professionalism and her attention to detail as she seeks to create a positive impression on the practice, one patient at a time. Her approachable caring personality lends to a more relaxing, fear free and stress free dental environment.
During her down time Patricia loves bonding with family especially her two children and husband. Watching a good family rated movie is something she really looks forward to whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Debbie Pereira, Patient Liaison
Debbie received her dental assisting diploma in 2002 and ever since, has loved helping and caring for people. Erinwood Dental has been her professional home since 2003. As she is a Patient Liaison, a Clinical Assistant, and our Infection Control Specialist, you will see Debbie in many different areas of the practice … and you may hear her voice when you call us or when she calls you to help you maintain your recommended preventive care. She says, “I can’t imagine working with a better group of people! Our teamwork and upbeat attitudes make each work day a great day!”
When not at the practice, Debbie loves cooking, spending time with her husband and their two dogs, and being a hockey/soccer mom to their two sweet boys. Her passion is animals and she is a part of a local dog rescue organization, the one from which her family rescued one of their dogs.
Shobha has been in Toronto for over 40 years when she moved from Africa. She is an integral part of our admin team, where her interpersonal skills shine. She has four children and a loving husband. She spends a lot of her time cooking and spending time with her family, particularly her 7 grandchildren!
Jack (Jagdish) Patel
Jack is another key component to our admin team, his keen eye for numbers keeps the office running smoothly and efficiently. Jack has two sons and a beautiful wife. Jack is also well versed in GTA housing and is often on the road looking for the best deal. He also has two special places in his heart for his adorable grandchildren.
Lisbet Guarin, Assistant
Lisbet was born in Colombia and moved to Canada in 2008. She graduated as a dental assistant in 2010 and has been working at Erinwood Dental since 2014.
In her free time, Lisbet enjoys going to the gym, dancing, and reading.
Jannele Marston, Receptionist
Faith, family, friends, good music, and a NICE purse always keep Jannele happy! She started in the dental field in 2003, and has been a part of this great team since 2006! Jannele’s favourite part about working at Erinwood Dental is that “Not only do we keep your smile looking great, but all of us – especially our patients – have a good time while doing it!”
Fatima Tariq, Admin
Fatima graduated from The Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Community Science’s dental hygiene program in January 2020 and is working towards achieving her lisence in dental hygiene. Her desire to help people consistently and interest in dentistry led her to dental assisting at Erinwood! Being able to assist and put a smile on patients face is what she values the most.
In her free time, Fatima likes working on her photography skills, trying different DIYs, and spending time with her family and friends.
Maryna Vargas, Assistant
Maryna graduated from George Brown College’s dental assisting program in June 2015 and joined Erinwood Dental right out of school. Being able to interact with patients daily is what she enjoys most about her role.
During her free time, Maryna likes hiking, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.
Colleen McLean, Dental Hygienist
Colleen was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She graduated from John Abbott College in 1996 with her degree in Dental Hygiene. She has been with Erinwood Dental since 2007. Colleen chose a career in the dental field because she enjoys meeting new people and educating them on the importance of dental health.
In her free time, Colleen enjoys reading, music, travel, and spending time with her family, friends, and her dog Milo.
Paige Odrowski, Dental Hygienist
Paige has been a patient at Erinwood Dental for twenty years and was absolutely thrilled when given the opportunity to work with us after graduating from Niagara College. She enjoys the constant interaction with our patients and being able to provide the best care. She also enjoys going into work because of the up-to-date environment and amazing team atmosphere.
In her free time, Paige enjoys working out, finding new places to eat, and spending summers by the water.
Tina Stevanato, Dental Hygienist
Since 1990, Tina has been a loyal member of our team. Highly motivated, she continuously educates herself so that she can provide honest top-quality dental hygiene care while keeping her clients comfortable. She commits to creating an approachable, kind, warm, and friendly environment so that no matter your age or dental comfort level, together and with ease you can achieve your optimal dental heath for a lifetime. Through ongoing collaboration with her team members, Tina is determined to provide you with the highest quality dental care.
Tina loves to laugh and she loves to ski. Ask her about her favourite downhill run!
Katie Leskovar, Dental Hygienist
Practising Dental Hygiene since 2001, Katie continues to be thrilled with the journey of meeting others and helping them achieve optimal oral health. A passionate educator, Katie is always happy to share tips on how to improve your oral health home routines. When not using a gentle touch to provide compassionate dental hygiene care, Katie enjoys cooking for her wonderful husband. She is happiest when outdoors and spends her spare time hiking, travelling, and exploring new places.
Devi Thumbasamy, Dental Hygienist
Been a dental hygienist since 2017 but started off as a dental assistant in 2005. Never thought I would have loved teeth as much as I currently do. I always try to make my patients feel comfortable in a caring and gentle manner. I am a mom with 2 kids which keeps me busy and occupies most of my free time. And yes there is absolutely no doubting how much I love makeup.
Payal Patel, Regional Manager
Payal has been with our team since day one and has been there to help keep all the offices running smoothly by using her vast MBA knowledge.
In her free time she enjoys creating new recipes and creating arts and crafts with her two beautiful children.