Dr. Jitendra Gangwani
Dr. Jitendra Gangwani or “Dr.J” as he is more affectionately known as by his patients (clients) received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) from India in 1999. He practiced dental surgery for several years in Bombay, India before coming to Canada. During his dental career, he served the diverse Indian Community both in private practice and in the Government Dental Health Services.
Dr. J. completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Toronto in 2009 with honors. During his studies, he was the recipient of the award for “Most outstanding student in Oral Surgery” and Silver Medal for “Most outstanding student in Clinical Periodontics”. Since his graduation, he has extensively practiced in the Greater Toronto Area. Although Dr. J. enjoyed working in the large city, he felt he wanted to relocate and purchase a practice in a smaller but thriving community and choose the Kitchener -Waterloo Region. Dr. J is very much recognized for his warmth, friendliness and approachable manner. His desire is to ensure that all his patients have a positive experience while in his care and are extremely satisfied with their results.Dr. J.’s goal in his professional career is to encompass his clinical experiences and treat his clients with compassion to reduce their anxiety and provide a pain-free dental care.
He is a member of the Ontario Dental Association, the Waterloo-Wellington Dental Society, and the Canadian Dental Association. He is also certified for Nitrous Sedation Procedures through the University of Toronto. Dr. J. regularly participates in continuing education programs to keep informed and the give best quality care to his patients.
Dr. J. is happily married and has two daughters. When he is not practicing dentistry he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading and playing squash.
Dr. Tom Costigane
Dr. Costigane was in private practice in Guelph for 32 yrs and He still remains connected to dentistry, now on a part-time basis. He is pleased to be able to offer his experience to the patients at Kitchener East Family Dental. During his career, Tom chaired the local Dental Association Mediation Committee for 12 years. Tom has three adult children, in Victoria B.C., London England and back at home while attending the University of Guelph. He keeps active with tennis, hockey, pickleball, bridge and boating in Georgian Bay.
Dr. Samar Khawaja
Dr. Samar received her degree in dental surgery in 1983. She started her own private practice overseas and has been practicing dentistry since. She immigrated to Canada and successfully completed all pre- requisites to practice dentistry in Canada. She is currently a member of the Royal College of the Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Canadian Dental Association and the Ontario Dental Association.
With decades of experience under her belt, a passion for dentistry, and her warm personality, Dr Samar strives to provide high quality dental services while keeping her patients at ease.
Dr. Ramitpal Khurana
Dr. Ramitpal Khurana graduated from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, with BDS in 1999. He gained clinical and academic experience for almost 4 years in India, before moving to Canada in 2003. He received his DMD from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, in 2008. He practiced general dentistry for 5 years in Greater Toronto area, during which he took various continuing education courses in restorative and implant dentistry, which helped him become proficient in all aspects of general dentistry. His desire to seek further education and acquire new skills took him to Boston University's from where he completed his endodontic residency in 2015.
He successfully completed the National Dental Specialty Examination in 2015, and maintained his Fellowship with Royal College of Dentists of Canada since then. Ramitpal is a member of Ontario Dental Association, Canadian Academy of Endodontics, and American Association of Endodontists. When he's not working, Ramitpal likes to spend time with his family, and listening to music.
Saira Riaz - Office Manager/Treatment Coordinator
Saira Riaz graduated from seneca college in Biotechnology research program. She loves working and interacting with people. She’s empathetic and love to cater to patients needs. She enjoys working with kids and making them comfortable for their dental visits. In her spare time Saira likes to cook and spend time with her husband and 3 kids.
Alex Encutu - Dental Hygienist
Alex graduated from the dental hygiene program at Medix school in November 2010. Prior to her dental hygiene career, Alex graduated with a bachelor of science from McMaster University. Alex stresses the importance of dental health care with her patients.She achieves this by educating patients and providing oral health instruction. Alex has been a dental hygienist in Dr. Js office since Jan 2013.
Susie Spiegelhalter - Dental Hygienist
Susie is a professional in the dental industry with 20 years experience specializing in soft tissue management and a focus in periodontal disease prevention and progressionary treatment. Susie is married and has 2 boys who both play travel hockey. She is a certified hockey trainer and enjoys riding and training dressage in her free time.
Alejandra Leonte - Dental Hygienist
Alejandra graduated as a Dental Hygienist at Niagara College in 2016. Alejandra has always been passionate about the dental field and looks forward to the opportunity to share her knowledge and compassion with the patients at our office. In her spare time, Alejandra enjoys dancing and loves to spend quality time with her husband and family.
Catherine Pletch - Dental Assistant
Cathy is a certified dental assistant and has obtained her diploma from Career Canada in Hamilton. She is with this practice for 30 years. Cathy is devoted to providing a pleasant experience to patients while receiving their dental care and has a great long-standing relationship with them. Cathy enjoys her spare time with her husband and 2 daughters. Cathy’s interests are scrapbooking, walking, traveling and spending time at the cottage.
Tanya Diaz - Dental Assistant
Tanya is a graduate of the Intra-Oral Level 2 Dental assisting program at Everest College. She enjoys working with the team at Kitchener East Family Dental and is excited about her future in the field. Tanya spends her free time with her family and husband.
Levy Bernardo - Dental Assistant
Levy worked at Saudi Arabia military hospital as a Dental Assistant before immigrating to Canada. Levy enjoys playing badminton and going out with her 3 kids and husband.
Monika Torrez - Office Administrator
Monika graduated from Conestoga College in 2014 and received an OCC from the Medical Office Practices program. Monika chose the dental office field because she is dedicated to helping patients maintain their oral health care and informing them how important it is to maintain. Monika joined Kitchener East Family Dental in April 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, jogging, and spending time with her husband and family.
Tamara Mercer - Office Administrator
Tamara graduated from Everest College Level II Dental Assisting program in 2011. Since then she has been working as a Dental Assistant as well as Administrator. She is new to your team as an administrator and couldn't be happier. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and pets as well as the outdoors.