Dental Staff

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. 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.

Dr. Aditya Kalgi


Dr.Kalgi studied dentistry in India (1999), and Canada (2009); and has over 10 years of experience practising general dentistry. Dr. Kalgi has worked in diverse settings including providing dental care to Canadian Armed Forces in Kingston, and travelling to remote fly in communities in Northern Ontario to provide dentistry to First Nations communities.

He has a special interest in the dental specialty of Oral Pathology and has completed a hospital based residency program in Oral Pathology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital (2016). Oral Pathology is the specialty of dentistry that deals with the clinical and microscopic diagnosis of any lumps, bumps, and sores in the mouth and the jaw joints. We are happy to be able to provide his expertise to our patients. Dr.Kalgi and his young family love to travel; and over the years have called places like Mumbai, Toronto, New York, and Thunder Bay home.

Dr. Fauzia Masih


Dr. Fauzia Masih graduated from Aligarh University, India with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) in 2006. She practiced dentistry in India under both private and hospital settings before moving to Canada. She joined University of Western Ontario and graduated from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with distinction in 2019.

As a dentist, Dr. Masih has always believed in “Quality care” and in “Proactive measures” (prevention is better than cure). She is passionate about educating her patients to help them make well informed decisions about their dental needs. Dr. Masih enjoys working with children. Being a mother of two young children herself, she strives to create an educational, fun-filled, positive dental experience for kids.

Dr.Masih is a member of the Canadian Dental Association, the Ontario Dental Association and Hamilton Academy of Dentistry. She is” Nitrous Oxide sedation” certified as well. She is curious, innovative and keeps up with the latest” know how” in the field of dentistry by regularly attending CE programs.

In her spare time, Dr. Masih enjoys hiking with her husband and two daughters. She also loves travelling, reading, painting and gardening.

Dr. Usman Nemat


Dr. Usman Nemat immigrated to Canada with his family in 2014. A DDS graduate from Western University, London, ON in 2020 with honors, he is a recipient of the ‘Dr. Glen Walker Award’ for overall distinction and excellence in academic as well as clinical work. He is also a recipient of the George Smith Scholarship.

Dr. Nemat started his dental career graduating from University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan in 1996. He owned a private dental office for over ten years in Lahore, and simultaneously worked as an instructor in dental schools as well.

His is very passionate about his work and the well- being of his patients surpasses everything else. His work ideology is to put his patients’ needs, concerns and comfort first. He is comfortable treating adults and children alike.

Dr. Nemat is a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Dental Association and Canadian Dental Association. In his spare time, he likes to play tennis and go biking with his sons. Also, he believes that a sound body leads to a sound mind. Hence, he diligently does yoga and goes out for long walks and jogs.

Koral Kliewer - Office Manager


Koral Kliewer; Koral is a certified Level II dental assistant with over 25 years of experience in the dental field. She has experience in all aspects of dental care and has spent the last 8 years managing large multi-discipline dental offices. Her wealth of experience and dedicated work ethic provide valuable contributions to our office. During her spare time Koral enjoys keeping active and spending time with her family.

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.

Leidy Maya - Dental Hygienist


Leidy Maya is a Dental Hygienist from Oxford College, she is proud to be part of our team and loves to share her knowledge with our patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health focusing on prevention. She spends her spare time volunteering, cooking and exercising outdoors. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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.

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