Doctor of Dental Surgery
Dr. Andrea Gelinas
Having lived in Mexico, South Korea, the Philippines, and the United States, Andrea Gelinas has done her fair share of travelling and experiencing different cultures. As a result, she brings a sense of ease and style to her practice, which are qualities not typically associated with dentistry.
Dr. Gelinas has meticulously planned and decorated the layout of her dream practice, taking her patients’ comfort into consideration. From creating her own shade of green for the logo, to adding books and records from her personal collection to the reception area for patients to enjoy – no detail was spared to ensure a unique and positive dental experience. Sonos speakers are set to a level so patients won’t hear the noise of the city; diffusers infuse the space with a relaxing scent; and televisions are provided in the treatment rooms so patients can watch Netflix during their treatment.
Walking into Gelinas Dental Studio should essentially feel like walking into a chic and relaxed home – a place you’d want to hang out. Dr. Gelinas has created “a clinic that is part of the community – where people know they will get an honest opinion based on what they actually need, not what their insurance covers.
Dr. Chetna Mistry
Chetna Mistry pursued a career in dentistry at the University of Toronto after graduating with honours from the Arts & Sciences program at McMaster University. She has devoted countless hours toward public health initiatives and has co-authored an oral health screening tool with the Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto Public Health. She has also travelled to Uganda to provide dental care in rural communities, and offer training for local Ugandan dentists.
When Dr. Mistry is not at the Studio, she’s working alongside her father at their family dental office in Mississauga, ON.
Travelling, yoga, and hiking are some of the ways that Dr. Mistry enjoys her down time. She also recently purchased her first home in Toronto, and is excited for the transition into the city.
Dr. Sherif Said
Sherif Said received his bachelor’s degree in dental surgery (BDS) and Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) training from MSA University in Cairo, Egypt. He has done extensive research in implants as they relate to dentistry. Dr. Said was an operator and associate at the Periodontal Prosthesis Clinic with his father, Dr. Yousri Z. Said, and currently is both a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology as well as a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Dentists of Ontario.
He lectures both locally and in the United States, maintaining positions in both private practice and academia in the fields of Periodontics & Implant Reconstructive Dentistry.
He is currently one of the only clinicians who specializes in minimally-invasive esthetic approaches for regenerative and cosmetic procedures. In addition to dental implants, Dr. Said also works on gummy-smile correction and soft tissue grafting – cosmetic fixes that allow his patients to perfect their smiles and, in turn, show them off more.
Dr. Michael Yang
Michael Yang is a Board-Certified Prosthodontist, having received his Fellowship status from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. He then completed his specialty certification in Prosthodontics and Master of Science degree in Oral Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.
Dr. Yang’s interest in dentistry began while completing his Honours Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Toronto. Technology and digital dentistry are at the forefront of his practice, and Dr Yang brings his background knowledge and skills in full-mouth rehabilitation to his practice through his specialty Smile Design Makeovers! That’s why Dr Yang’s patients are always leaving the Studio with wider, prouder smiles.
Jasmine has over 15 years of experience in dentistry, with 12 years alone as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Her favourite aspects of working in dentistry are the relationships she’s been able to build with patients, because she loves being able to help and educate those who struggle with going to the dentist’s office.
Jasmine is married to a Physical Education teacher, which comes in handy with their two very busy boys. It’s important to her to teach her sons that moms – and women in general – can do important work.
Aside from dentistry and spending time with her family, Jasmine is also passionate about food and travel; she even says that if she spent all of her money on nothing but food, she’d be perfectly happy. Jasmine has travelled to many places, eating her way through each new destination!
Luciana was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she studied and then practiced for 10 years. She then moved to Canada, where she worked as a Dental Assistant in Montreal and then Toronto. In Toronto, Luciana also went on to graduate in Dental Hygiene with High Honours. These cities have given Luciana dental experience in three languages: Portuguese, French, and English.
Luciana’s favourite aspects of dentistry are learning about health, and working with her hands. She also enjoys working in a small-size field that requires precision, detail, and thorough observation. Passionate about educating, Luciana sees working in the dental space as an opportunity to empower people to take control of their oral self care.
Luciana’s hobbies include art – specifically sketching, drawing and colouring – as well as swimming, and she loves spending time at the beach. She also enjoys watching movies. (Period dramas – especially when they’re based on real life – are her favourite.) She also loves animals, namely her cat Jean-Luc!
Kari started off as a Level I & II Assistant, and after two years she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a dental hygienist. She moved to Red Deer, AB for a summer and worked as a Safety Supervisor – expanding her knowledge of health and safety. Kari then went on to graduate from the Canadian Academy of Dental Hygiene in 2014. Since joining the team, she has made it her goal for every patient treated at the Studio to feel comfortable, knowing that they’ve received the highest level of care.
Kari enjoys giving back to the community and helps out at many volunteer events, her favourite being Health Mission Outreach. Kari’s passions outside of dental hygiene are learning about nutrition, natural medicine, psychology, fitness, and being an advocate for overall health and wellness. Kari loves being outdoors, travelling, painting, spending time with family, friends, and her fiance, who is a dentist (which comes in handy when Kari’s asked any dental related questions!).
Channelle moved from Winnipeg to Toronto in 2015 in order to pursue a career in dental hygiene. Her goal is to provide dental hygiene & care through educating her clients and giving individualized care. Channelle believes dental care has the capacity to build client confidence and improve their overall wellbeing. Her career pipe dream is to one day organize a dental mission that provides care to underserved populations.
Channelle enjoys going on hikes with her boyfriend and their 3-legged dog Ferrero, and is currently working on completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training. She is looking forward to her next trip to Cabarette to surf and volunteer at Tres Mariposas Montessori, a school that provides early education to families living in the Dominican Republic.
Zhane grew up in Toronto and since graduating in 2018, she’s loved helping people through the art of dentistry.
In her spare time, Zhane listens to music – one of the most important things in her life – and plays with her adorable Lion Head bunny named PB.
Barbra grew up in Uganda. Through dentistry, Barbra has gained perspective as she meets different people from all walks of life every single day.
On weekends, Barbra likes to spend her time on anything that involves self-improvement; whether it’s financially, socially and physically. She also enjoys fashion, working out, self-care and is a huge foodie!
Priscilla studied Social Communications with a degree in Journalism in Brazil, moving to Canada nearly a decade ago. After falling in love with a Canadian and teaching herself English, she decided to stay here and continue her education in Dental Assistance, graduating in 2016. Her bilingualism has been very helpful among our Portuguese-speaking clientele, and as she has been with us since the Studio’s opening, Priscilla takes on a fundamental role among our staff.
When Priscilla isn’t at the office, she is spending time with her husband, going to the movies, or cycling around new areas of Toronto!
Valeria was born in Venezuela and raised in Canada. She has worked in customer service for over 10 years, and particularly loves dentistry and interacting with patients, helping them start their journey toward a confident smile!
Valeria enjoys the arts (painting, drawing, music) and watching movies with her fiancé and her cat, Monroe.