Dawson Dental Clinic in Scarborough

Our practice is located right off Highway 401 at Victoria Park Ave in the Starbucks plaza accessible from both Victoria Park Avenue and Esquire Road. It is a quick 12-minute drive from Scarborough town centre. Find us next to Harvey’s and Swiss Chalet.

We are proud to offer early morning, evening, Saturday, and Sunday appointments to suit your busy schedule and we’ll process your dental insurance claims electronically (direct billing).

Upon arrival at our office, you will have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, TVs in every room, and a beverage bar. We offer same-day dental emergencies seven days a week. Student Dental Programs and new patients are always welcome!

Languages: English, Armenian, Dutch, French, Filipino/Tagalog, Iloko, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Sign Language, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu/Hindu

Welcome to Dawson

We Are Accepting CDCP patients

Dental Services in Scarborough


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. Mark Cohen, BSc, DDS

Dr. Cohen joined the Dawson Dental team in August 2012. In addition to his years of experience, he brought his established family practice to Dawson Dental Scarborough, along with his long-serving dental team.

Dr. Cohen graduated from McGill University with both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. During his years of dentistry at McGill, Dr. Cohen was active in promoting dental health to the public, lecturing at schools in Montreal, and appearing at career night talks promoting dentistry as a career to graduating high school students.

Following graduation from dental school, Dr. Cohen did a postgraduate rotating Dental Internship at Toronto General Hospital, during which time he was exposed to a tremendously varied dental experience. During that time Dr. Cohen served as a demonstrator at the University of Toronto Shout Clinic, a clinic providing dental services by dental students under the supervision of licensed dentists. After completing his internship Dr. Cohen was in private practice, in which he provided cosmetic, restorative, implant services to his patients.

Dr. Steven Starkman, D.D.S.

Dr. Starkman prides himself on being trustworthy and easy to communicate with. He believes that open communication is key to a successful dentist/patient relationship and that every patient deserves a provider who is compassionate and honest, especially when it comes to dental anxiety. Dental anxiety is very common but with Dr. Starkman’s down-to-earth demeanour and a great sense of humor, it’s hard not to feel at ease in his chair.

He always promises to do whatever he can to relieve any discomfort or fear. Whether it’s through dental sedation, or simply explaining a procedure in-depth, making sure the patient feels in control of their appointment is key to a positive experience.

Over the past 10 years, Dr. Starkman has developed a passion for Crown and Bridge procedures.

He is fluent in English, French, and can even order a small coffee (with milk!) in Spanish.

Dr. Keith Li, DDS

Dr.Keith Li is a graduate from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science minoring in Biology and at the University of Toronto earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Practicing for over 10 years, he spent refining his technical skills by providing quality comprehensive care and efficient emergency care. The field of dentistry is constantly evolving and as a professional and a student, he updates his knowledge through contiuing education courses regularly, quickly surpassing the requirements mandatory by the RCDSO.

He is a well-rounded person, with many accomplishments and hobbies outside dentistry. He stays in shape by going to the gym regularly and competes weekly in bowling leagues and tournaments. He enjoys gardening, travelling with his family and being in the outdoors.


Dr. Jeffrey Chau, DDS

Dr. Jeffrey Chau is committed to providing personalized, high-quality care to his patients in a comfortable and welcoming environment. He takes the time to listen to each patient’s concerns and tailors his approach to their individual needs. Dr. Chau always strives to make sure that his patients are well-informed about their treatment options and the care they are receiving.

Dr. Chau is passionate about Endodontics because saving teeth, whenever possible, is always his top priority. He equally enjoys wisdom teeth extractions as they can provide great piece of mind to patients and avoid bigger issues later in life. Lastly, Dr. Chau is enthusiastic about pediatric dentistry because good oral health is a lifelong journey and starting children out on the right path at an early age helps make dentistry fun for them.

As a dentist, Dr. Chau understands that dental anxiety is a real concern and one that he takes very seriously. He recommends his patients voice their concerns from the beginning so that he can offer support and tailor his approach accordingly. He can also provide sedation options, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation.
When he is not with patients, Dr. Chau is an avid Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors fan, an enthusiastic board game and puzzle player, and a foodie. Most of all, he enjoys making memories with his close-knit family.

Dr. Tuason, DDS

Dr. Maria Tuason is a compassionate dentist fluent in Filipino (Tagalog) and English, known to her patients as Dr. Tuason or simply Maria. Her dedication to providing exceptional care is evident in her passion for braces, mouth reconstruction, and smile design.

Patients choose Dr. Tuason as their provider because of her commitment to honesty, competency, and her attentive listening skills. She believes in building trust with her patients by being transparent about treatment options and actively involving them in their dental care journey.

For those with dental anxiety, Dr. Tuason offers a unique approach. She welcomes individuals for a coffee talk, providing a relaxed environment to discuss their fears and concerns before scheduling a formal appointment. This personalized touch helps alleviate anxieties and fosters a sense of trust between her and her patients.

When searching for a new dentist, Dr. Tuason advises patients to prioritize honesty, competency, and the ability to listen. She understands the importance of feeling heard and valued during dental visits, and she strives to create a supportive and empowering experience for every patient.

Dr. Tuason’s background adds depth to her practice. Born in the Philippines and relocating to Canada in 1975, she comes from a family of professionals, with a mother who is a dentist and a father who is a criminal lawyer. Her training and graduation in full mouth reconstruction and obstructive sleep apnea from the Las Vegas Institute showcase her commitment to advancing her skills and providing comprehensive care to her patients.

Dr. Tarek Ajaj’, DDS

Dr. Ajaj is a highly dedicated dentist with a deep passion for dentistry, which is evident in both the quality of his work and the outcomes he achieves for his patients. Focusing on Orthodontics, he provides comprehensive orthodontic care including Invisalign treatments tailored to the specific needs of children, teenagers, and adults. Dr. Ajaj prioritizes respecting his patients’ orthodontic and dental health needs, ensuring that each treatment is personalized accordingly.

Dr. Ajaj obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from Damascus University in 2003, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Orthodontics from France in 2008. He has amassed over a decade of experience as a  Orthodontist in Saudi Arabia before relocating to Toronto, where he continues to practice.

In addition to his international experience, Dr. Ajaj has completed the Canadian Board certification program and is recognized as a Fellow of The Royal College of Dentists of Canada. His commitment to excellence in dentistry is matched by his dedication to his family. Outside of his practice, Dr. Ajaj finds joy in spending time with his wife and three children, engaging in activities like playing video games and exploring the outdoors through hiking and camping.

Dr. Eric Sade, Periodontist

Dr. Sade obtained his degree in dentistry from the University of Toronto and completed a 3-year full time residency program in periodontics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He currently maintains his private practice in Toronto.

Dr. Sade has joined with Dawson Dental to provide his expertise in the area of periodontics to patients who demonstrate the need for more advanced periodontal therapy.


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