Our Dentists & Specialists
Dr. Edward Gelfand, BSc, DMD, FICOI
Dr. Edward Gelfand is the founder of the Dawson Dental Centres where he has been practicing since 1996. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.
He has always been proud to provide up-to-date dentistry for his patients. With a special passion for cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Gelfand combines a scientific diagnosis of your smile with his precise artistic skill.
Dr. Edward Gelfand has dedicated his career to enhancing people’s lives both aesthetically and functionally.
Dr. Michael Nessim, BSc, DMD
Dr. Nessim earned his degree from The TUFTS School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to his doctorate, Dr. Nessim earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo Egypt.
Dr. Nessim has a diversified scope of clinical background, starting in Egypt where he worked as an associate, following which he started his own practice. Upon completion of his doctorate, he practiced in the United States for one year before moving to Canada and joining the Dawson Dental team in April 2010. He is an Invisalign provider and can provide invisible braces for teens and adults.
He focuses on providing quality comprehensive patient care in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, “everyone should be able to smile confidently” is his motto.
On the personal level Dr. Nessim is most passionate about his family, his wife and son are his key motivators. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and reading.
Dr. Balsam Fathi, D.D.S., B.D.S.
Dr. Fathi attributes a lot of her success to her trustworthiness and calming personality. She prides herself on being able to make her patients feel relaxed in the chair. For those who require a little extra help, she offers sedation options, such as Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas” to help ease any dental fear or anxiety.
Dr. Fathi is constantly refining and updating her skills and knowledge through continuing dental education in order to provide her patients with the best, most advanced levels of care. She is a passionate provider of all aspects of dentistry for all age groups and especially enjoys cosmetic dentistry because of the increased self-esteem and quality of life it provides. She equally enjoys endodontics, as well as crown and bridge treatments because of how functional and aesthetically pleasing the results can be.
Fluent in English and Arabic, Dr. Fathi graduated from the University of Baghdad and worked as a dentist in both the private and public sectors for over 15 years. Upon moving to Canada, she continued pursuing her passion for dentistry and graduated with a D.D.S. from the University of Alberta where she received The Dr. Maxwell J Lipkind Memorial Scholarship for achieving the highest standards in periodontology.
Dr. Fathi has been happily married for 20 years and has two wonderful children. Outside of dentistry, she enjoys swimming, travelling, and spending time with family.
Dr. Sinan Hanoudi, D.D.S.
Dr. Sinan Hanoudi joined the Dawson Dental team in 2013. He attended The University of Baghdad – Dental School earning his BDS in 2000. He later graduated from Western University – Canada in 2013, earning his DDS.
Dr Hanoudi has practiced in three countries. He moved to Dubai in 2005, practiced dentistry there for 6 years before settling in Canada in 2011.
“Treat each and every patient like your mother” is Dr. Hanoudi’s philosophy. He is very gentle and compassionate with his patients. Aside from dentistry, Dr. Hanoudi loves sports, especially swimming, soccer and table tennis. He also likes to spend his time gardening.
Dr. Basma Rassam, DMD
Dr. Basma Rassam graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto in 2004 and has been with Dawson ever since. Dr. Rassam is committed to creating a comfortable experience for all her patients through gentle care and aspires to build a trusting relationship with family members of all ages. She especially enjoys treating children.
In her spare time, Dr. Basma Rassam enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. She enjoys listening to music and walking.
Dr. Theo Katsaros, DDS, MSD, FRCD(C), Periodontist
Dr. Theo has a unique background with experience as a military dentist practicing in military hospitals, and private practice as a general dentist. Furthermore, his academic experience gives a unique perspective on the specialty of periodontics and patient care. He has conducted clinical research in the field of periodontal surgery and alveolar bone regeneration.
Dr. Theo strives to provide each patient with a comfortable experience and a treatment plan tailored to their specific goals and needs.
Dr. Sam Barkin, Oral surgeon
Dr. Mark Rykiss, Orthodontist
After earning a degree in Dentistry from the University of Manitoba, Dr Mark completed his orthodontic training at University of Maryland in 1982. Dr Mark is passionate about orthodontics and it shows.
“After 35 plus years of making beautiful healthy smiles, I still love sharing this wonderful smile journey with beloved patients. Clear communication is critical to the success of any endeavour and all my patients have an after hours cell number for anything that may come up with their orthodontic treatment. I believe that the (orthodontic) journey should be as awesome and meaningful as the destination- a gorgeous healthy smile with straight teeth.
My wife, Barbara, and I have raised 6 kids and travel back and forth between Toronto and Winnipeg where my 95 year old dad and 92 year old mom live independently. One of our favourite things is having our twin granddaughters for a sleepover or really any activity with them. When a parent brings in their children to us we understand that sacred trust and feel honoured to get to be a part of that family’s orthodontic journey.
Dawson Dental Guelph on Dawson Road
Our Guelph North office was the first Dawson Dental Centre to open over 20 years ago on Dawson Road in the Guelph Medical Plaza. Dr. Edward Gelfand has been practicing in Guelph ever since and has brought many new and exciting services to our community. Our team is very proud to offer some of the newest technology in the industry, all under one roof, which means no outside referrals are necessary.
We offer early morning, evening and Saturday appointments and we’ll process your dental insurance claims electronically (direct billing), when available. New patients and same-day dental emergencies are always welcome.
Upon arriving at our clinic, you will enjoy a cozy and inviting patient lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi and a snack and beverage station. Our massage dental chairs, TV’s in every room, and kid-friendly environment will ensure that both parents and adults enjoy their experience.
Languages: English, French, Arabic, Hebrew & Russian
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