Meet the Team

funThe dental team at The Stockyards Dental want to “THANK YOU” for the confidence you have placed in choosing our dental care practice. We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship as we both work together as Partners In Your Dental Health Care !

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     Jas

    Team Lead for Hygiene Department and Dental Hygienist

    I arrived at The Stockyards Dental with 6 years’ dental hygiene experience and a strong desire to make this office my professional home. After my first visit, and due to the latest technology, eye catching interior décor and amazing team atmosphere I knew this was the place for me. I am a big people person and kindly rewarded as “the voice of the stockyards”. I truly love to help people create healthy beautiful smiles and to help them understand why complete oral care is so beneficial to them and to their overall health. There are not many people that can truly say they love what they do, “I truly love what I do”. My passion is to see all my patients with complete overall systemic health. I am the proud mother of two amazing boys who brighten my every day. I love cooking, running and watching TV with my husband and children as well I love spending time with family. View Full Profile 

    I arrived at The Stockyards Dental with 6 years’ dental hygiene experience and a strong desire to make this office my professional home. After my first visit, and due to the latest technology, eye catching interior décor and amazing team atmosphere I knew this was the place for me.

    I am a big people person and kindly rewarded as “the voice of the stockyards”. I truly love to help people create healthy beautiful smiles and to help them understand why complete oral care is so beneficial to them and to their overall health. There are not many people that can truly say they love what they do, “I truly love what I do”. My passion is to see all my patients with complete overall systemic health.

    I am the proud mother of two amazing boys who brighten my every day. I love cooking, running and watching TV with my husband and children as well I love spending time with family.

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     Golnaz

    Dental Hygienist

    I received my training from Regency Dental Hygiene Academy in Toronto and joined The Stockyards Dental team in 2015 with almost 10 years of clinical experience as a dental hygienist. I understand and respect each of my patient’s individual comfort level and dental needs. My treatment philosophy is to empower patients with knowledge, and to support and encourage them in achieving their best oral health. Coming from Iranian roots and growing up in the beautiful city of Hamburg, Germany, I am fluent in English, German and Farsi. I have a weakness for my amazing husband, chocolate, and all things Batman. View Full Profile 

    I received my training from Regency Dental Hygiene Academy in Toronto and joined The Stockyards Dental team in 2015 with almost 10 years of clinical experience as a dental hygienist.

    I understand and respect each of my patient’s individual comfort level and dental needs.

    My treatment philosophy is to empower patients with knowledge, and to support and encourage them in achieving their best oral health.

    Coming from Iranian roots and growing up in the beautiful city of Hamburg, Germany, I am fluent in English, German and Farsi. I have a weakness for my amazing husband, chocolate, and all things Batman.

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     Veronica

    Dental Hygienist

    I was born and raised in Brazil, and Portuguese is my first language. I have 15 years of experience in dentistry as I started my career in Brazil. I recently joined The Stockyards Dental and I love that I can contribute to our patients Oral Health! I received my Dental Hygiene Diploma at APlus Institute in Toronto. I graduated with Honors and as well I received the academic award called the “Golden Scaler”. My philosophy is always dedication and client-focused, by providing my patients with effective oral therapeutic and preventive oral care. I feel that I have high quality standards, excellent patient care, and a gift in connecting with patients and love for my profession. Caring for people has been my passion for over 15 years. I am dedicated and go the extra mile for each of my patients as I deliver optimal oral health and brilliant smiles. When I first met  Dr. Melissa  and the whole Stockyards  Dental family, I was eager  for the opportunity to become part of this amazing  team and also  enjoy the opportunity to expand my knowledge  and my  dental clinical experience. I feel very fortunate to be a part of The Stockyards team! I… View Full Profile 

    I was born and raised in Brazil, and Portuguese is my first language. I have 15 years of experience in dentistry as I started my career in Brazil. I recently joined The Stockyards Dental and I love that I can contribute to our patients Oral Health!

    I received my Dental Hygiene Diploma at APlus Institute in Toronto. I graduated with Honors and as well I received the academic award called the “Golden Scaler”.

    My philosophy is always dedication and client-focused, by providing my patients with effective oral therapeutic and preventive oral care. I feel that I have high quality standards, excellent patient care, and a gift in connecting with patients and love for my profession. Caring for people has been my passion for over 15 years. I am dedicated and go the extra mile for each of my patients as I deliver optimal oral health and brilliant smiles.

    When I first met  Dr. Melissa  and the whole Stockyards  Dental family, I was eager  for the opportunity to become part of this amazing  team and also  enjoy the opportunity to expand my knowledge  and my  dental clinical experience. I feel very fortunate to be a part of The Stockyards team!

    I love the arts, travel, music, and my adorable friends and family. My husband, Marcelo, my daughter Verena, and my son Matheus are my precious treasures and I love spending all my free time with them.

     

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     Jane

    Team Lead for Assisting Department and Dental Assistant Level II

    I received my Level II Dental Assisting Diploma from Durham College in 2000. I started my career in the administrative department and developed my skills and education over the past 16 years to now be an intricate member of the back office and Dr. Melissa’s right hand as well as Team Lead for all the Assistants at The Stockyards Dental. I love working with talented and compassionate professionals that have the best interest of the patient in mind. Using dentistry to serve the underprivileged is where my heart beats. Patients appreciate my calm, caring and compassionate nature and we create many wonderful relationships. It is so much easier to educate someone who loves and trusts you. Outside of work, I love watching movies and spending time with my husband Mike and my awesome sons Lucas and Andrew. View Full Profile 

    I received my Level II Dental Assisting Diploma from Durham College in 2000.

    I started my career in the administrative department and developed my skills and education over the past 16 years to now be an intricate member of the back office and Dr. Melissa’s right hand as well as Team Lead for all the Assistants at The Stockyards Dental.

    I love working with talented and compassionate professionals that have the best interest of the patient in mind. Using dentistry to serve the underprivileged is where my heart beats.

    Patients appreciate my calm, caring and compassionate nature and we create many wonderful relationships. It is so much easier to educate someone who loves and trusts you.

    Outside of work, I love watching movies and spending time with my husband Mike and my awesome sons Lucas and Andrew.

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     Simone

    Dental Assistant Level II

    I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Jamaica. I feel very fortunate as I grew up with beautiful blue skies and a clear blue ocean. I came to Canada in 2009. Ever since I can remember, as a child, I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I wanted to help people, and I wanted to be able to put a smile on their face. It was between that and my passion for animals that I struggled with in my career choices. Having had my own dental issues the decision was easy. I chose to help people as a Dental Assistant. I graduated from George Brown College as a Level II Dental Assistant and shortly after that I joined The Stockyards Dental Team. I am so happy now as my dreams have been fulfilled. To watch my patients smile after their treatment is done and they receive the smile they always wanted warms my heart. To me it is all about making a difference in people’s lives and I finally can do that now. In my spare time I love listing to music, reading or just enjoying the summer sun in the park. View Full Profile 

    I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Jamaica. I feel very fortunate as I grew up with beautiful blue skies and a clear blue ocean.

    I came to Canada in 2009. Ever since I can remember, as a child, I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I wanted to help people, and I wanted to be able to put a smile on their face. It was between that and my passion for animals that I struggled with in my career choices.

    Having had my own dental issues the decision was easy. I chose to help people as a Dental Assistant. I graduated from George Brown College as a Level II Dental Assistant and shortly after that I joined The Stockyards Dental Team.

    I am so happy now as my dreams have been fulfilled. To watch my patients smile after their treatment is done and they receive the smile they always wanted warms my heart. To me it is all about making a difference in people’s lives and I finally can do that now.

    In my spare time I love listing to music, reading or just enjoying the summer sun in the park.

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     Nicole

    Team Lead for Administrative Department Administrative Assistant and Level II Dental Assistant

    I originally attended a nursing course in college. There was only one part of nursing that did not resonate with me, the part where there are “sad” moments. My dream was to help patients get back to health and nursing just did not fit that bill. I went back to school with a rather big change in fields, “dentistry“… I consider myself fortunate to work for the team at The Stockyards Dental. When I was ready to graduate from Everest College in 2014 with my Level II Dental Assisting Diploma I looked for a place to do my placement and The Stockyards Dental was that place. It was love at first site and what started as a placement ended as a rewarding career choice. Our team is unique and what I bring to it is a huge smile and a huge heart coupled with a unique personality. I always have a smile in my face because it makes patients feel welcome cared for and happy. I enjoy all the stories patients tell me and more I enjoy the personal interaction. My job is to ensure their experience here is not only professional but caring and exceptional. When I am not… View Full Profile 

    I originally attended a nursing course in college. There was only one part of nursing that did not resonate with me, the part where there are “sad” moments. My dream was to help patients get back to health and nursing just did not fit that bill. I went back to school with a rather big change in fields, “dentistry“…

    I consider myself fortunate to work for the team at The Stockyards Dental. When I was ready to graduate from Everest College in 2014 with my Level II Dental Assisting Diploma I looked for a place to do my placement and The Stockyards Dental was that place.

    It was love at first site and what started as a placement ended as a rewarding career choice.

    Our team is unique and what I bring to it is a huge smile and a huge heart coupled with a unique personality. I always have a smile in my face because it makes patients feel welcome cared for and happy. I enjoy all the stories patients tell me and more I enjoy the personal interaction. My job is to ensure their experience here is not only professional but caring and exceptional.

    When I am not at work I love watching movies, spending time with family and friends, I enjoy a glass of white wine and a long walk with my iPod.

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     Simone

    Administrative Assistant

    I was born and raised in Brazil. I graduated from PUC-MG University as an Electrical Engineer and worked 16 years in the field as an administrative assistant to a big corporation. I moved to Canada in 2000. It was a challenge to change careers after so many years but I embraced the move and challenge and decided to change my focus a bit. I was introduced to dentistry in 2007 through a good friend of mine. Over the years, I have grown to love the administrative part of this field and I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. I joined the team at The Stockyards Dental August of 2017 and have made them my “working family”. I love the people I work with!  Working at Stockyards Dental and within the Portuguese community is very rewarding for me. I value and respect our patients and I always offer exceptional customer service with caring and kindness. Some of my personal interests include traveling to new places, dining at unique restaurants and of course, body pump workouts! View Full Profile 

    I was born and raised in Brazil. I graduated from PUC-MG University as an Electrical Engineer and worked 16 years in the field as an administrative assistant to a big corporation.

    I moved to Canada in 2000. It was a challenge to change careers after so many years but I embraced the move and challenge and decided to change my focus a bit.

    I was introduced to dentistry in 2007 through a good friend of mine. Over the years, I have grown to love the administrative part of this field and I cannot imagine myself doing anything else.

    I joined the team at The Stockyards Dental August of 2017 and have made them my “working family”.

    I love the people I work with!  Working at Stockyards Dental and within the Portuguese community is very rewarding for me. I value and respect our patients and I always offer exceptional customer service with caring and kindness.

    Some of my personal interests include traveling to new places, dining at unique restaurants and of course, body pump workouts!

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     Danay

    Administrative Assistant / Patient Treatment Coordinator Dental Assistant

    I was born and raised in Cuba and came to Canada when I was 12 years old. In the beginning of my life I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world and with people and this is why I pursued my dental assisting career. I graduated from Medix Collegiate with my Dental Assisting Level II Diploma in 2010. Prior to working at The Stockyards Dental I worked with Dr. Melissa in another general practice dental office. When Dr. Melissa decided to open her own office she recruited me to work for her.  I have been a member of this extraordinary team since it first opened its doors in 2012. My passion is to assist patients in meeting their oral health dreams and to ensure they have an exceptional experience while they are here. My extensive customer service background has made it possible for me to have the knowledge and understanding of what patients want and what patients need and to provide that with ease, care and professionalism. I speak three languages two of which are Spanish and Portuguese. On my spare time I love to dance, travel and spend time with family and friends. Been Cuban born… View Full Profile 

    I was born and raised in Cuba and came to Canada when I was 12 years old. In the beginning of my life I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world and with people and this is why I pursued my dental assisting career. I graduated from Medix Collegiate with my Dental Assisting Level II Diploma in 2010.

    Prior to working at The Stockyards Dental I worked with Dr. Melissa in another general practice dental office. When Dr. Melissa decided to open her own office she recruited me to work for her.  I have been a member of this extraordinary team since it first opened its doors in 2012.

    My passion is to assist patients in meeting their oral health dreams and to ensure they have an exceptional experience while they are here. My extensive customer service background has made it possible for me to have the knowledge and understanding of what patients want and what patients need and to provide that with ease, care and professionalism. I speak three languages two of which are Spanish and Portuguese.

    On my spare time I love to dance, travel and spend time with family and friends. Been Cuban born I love the sun and the beach!

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     Theodora (Theo)

    Team Lead and H.R.

    I have been fortunate to have worked with some amazing dentists over the past 40 years, who have provided me with the knowledge I needed to assist my patients in making educated decisions about their oral health. I started my career at the age of 16 as a dental receptionist part time while in high school back in the late 70’s. Since then I have received my dental assisting diploma from George Brown College back in the early 80’s, and have proceeded to supervise, manage, teach dental hygiene students and consult with dental practices. People are my passion! I want to help our patients meet their oral health goals and have a smile they absolutely love! It is truly a rewarding experience to change patients outlook on their oral health and to change the way they feel about themselves. I could not think of anything else I would prefer to do in life. I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Melissa intermittently for the past 2 years, but I have known her for approximately 10 years. I am thrilled to be an extension of this truly wonderful team. I know that at The Stockyards Dental we offer Dentistry… View Full Profile 

    I have been fortunate to have worked with some amazing dentists over the past 40 years, who have provided me with the knowledge I needed to assist my patients in making educated decisions about their oral health.

    I started my career at the age of 16 as a dental receptionist part time while in high school back in the late 70’s. Since then I have received my dental assisting diploma from George Brown College back in the early 80’s, and have proceeded to supervise, manage, teach dental hygiene students and consult with dental practices.

    People are my passion! I want to help our patients meet their oral health goals and have a smile they absolutely love! It is truly a rewarding experience to change patients outlook on their oral health and to change the way they feel about themselves. I could not think of anything else I would prefer to do in life.

    I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Melissa intermittently for the past 2 years, but I have known her for approximately 10 years. I am thrilled to be an extension of this truly wonderful team. I know that at The Stockyards Dental we offer Dentistry from the Heart!

    During my personal time I love spending time with my children , grandchildren and our dog Mia. I love taking long walks, listening to music, dancing and learning Spanish. In the last few years I have volunteered for dental health missions with “Health Mission Outreach Canada” and have been fortunate to help people in Toronto, El Salvador and Guatemala.