Meet Your Dental Team Dr. Kristina Pahuta, DMD Why did you decide to become a dentist? "It offered me the perfect combination of biology and creativity, being able to use both my hands and my brain every day, the opportunity to help people and actually see the results of that help in real time!" Education Dr. Pahuta attended the University of Toronto for her HonBSc, and continued her professional education at the University of British Columbia for her DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry). Dr. Pahuta completed her General Practice Residency at Mt Sinai Hospital, Toronto, and she has been in private practice ever since! Fun Facts In her free time, Dr. Pahuta enjoys spending time with her beautiful one-year-old daughter, Adeline. If Harry Potter counts as a "Super Hero," that would be her favorite! Dr. Pahuta loves Harry Potter because "he's truly magic and a brave, up-standing person who does the right thing no matter how difficult it may be." Dr. James Kiproff, DDS Education Dr. Kiproff attended the University of Toronto and graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1971. Dr. Kiproff is very passionate about helping his patients and has been practicing in the Bloor West area for over 30 years. Mary Buttigieg, RDH Why do you love being a dental hygienist? "Recalling a favourite moment where I have helped someone is overwhelming. For over 35 years I have had the privilege of taking care of generations within families of this practice." Education Mary graduated from George Brown College in the Dental Hygiene Programme in 1981. The dental field attracted her primarily because it was health related. Mary was always drawn towards health care. Dental hygiene proved to be a perfect fit. She loves working in a profession which gives her the opportunity to be intellectual, meticulous and empathic. "After 37 years it continues to challenge, elate and reward me!" Fun Facts Mary loves working with families through the generations. The office's "Smile Board" displays photos of our young clients taken after their dental check-up visits. Many parents of these children recognize it from their childhood visits to this same office. "The continuity is more than rewarding, it is thrilling." If Mary could be a "Super Hero," she would be Elastagirl! Mary admires her because she is strong, FLEXIBLE, and can multi-task. She gets the job done. And...she is the only adult Superhero referred to as girl! Fatime De Gouveia-Nesci Certified Dental Assistant, Level II What is your favourite moment helping someone? "Gaining the trust of the kids who refuse to open their mouths for me the first visit and by the end of the appointment I get a hug and a high five! " Experience As a teenager, Fatime always liked the atmosphere at her dentist office. She thought it would be more fun to be on the other side of the chair, and pursued her career as dental assistant as an adult. Fatime first began working as a dental assistant in 1990, working part time while raising 3 children. Fatime enjoys helping people, particularly in situations where they feel anxious or nervous. Becoming a dental assistant allows her to meet different people of all ages with all kinds of interesting personalities. She also loves the modern advances in the field of dentistry, as they have kept it challenging and interesting! Fun Facts Fatime LOVES to dance! "If there is a dance floor that’s where you will find me.." If Fatime could be any "Super Hero," she would be Superman. She likes Superman because he is strong, runs super fast, modest and best of all he can fly.. Breakfast in Paris and dinner in Italy! Oksana Bonello Front Desk Administrator Why do you love working in the dental field? "I decided to become an administrator in the dental field because I believe this field offers many opportunities, challenges and rewards, and also because I enjoy interacting with patients." Experience Oksana received her Medical Office Administration Diploma, and she began working in the dental field in 2019. Oksana decided to get into the dentistry field because she believes in oral health and being part of a team that improves the self confidence and appearance of all people. She decided to become an administrator in the dental field because she believes this field offers many opportunities, challenges and rewards. "...and also because I enjoy interacting with patients!!!" Fun Facts Oksana loves animals and has several pets! Oksana's favourite superhero is Thor because... "...who wouldn't want to shoot thunder from the sky on a bright sunny day?!"