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Our Advisory Committee

Dr Azim Parekh


Azim attended the University of Toronto and has a bachelor in Mathematics and Physical Chemistry. In 1996, he graduated Western University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Azim leads and mentors the Practice Community from a clinical perspective and has a loyal patient following. Azim has a solid understanding of the key components of what makes a business successful and has demonstrated this time and time again through consistent revenue growth and exceptional margins. Through his journey, Azim has learnt that the success of any business is people and relationships, which breeds passion, vision and innovation.

Leslie Carrafiello

VP of Operations

Leslie joined Smiles First from the dental sector, where she led the National Operations Team, overseeing 150+ practice locations and over 300 dentists. Leslie was able to improve EBITDA margins by 9%. Her ability to identify opportunities and create solutions in all areas of the business is a contributing factor to her success. Some specific examples include, double digit increases in top line revenue, reducing consumables and staffing costs by 2% and 2.5%, respectfully. Prior to dental, Leslie worked in the retail industry at a national level, overseeing a multitude of departments where she optimized each department for long term success. Leslie is known for her inspirational leadership and driving results through relationships and team building.

Mohamed Razakazi

Managing Director of Operations

Mohamed graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelors in Business Commerce and Marketing. Mohamed focuses on stream lining the operations as a whole and maximizing the Dens ‘N Dente’s efficiencies. Mohamed is an excellent coach and works with the leadership team to develop their leadership and management skills.

Donya Rashidi

Director of Sales & Marketing

Donya completed her degree in Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Marketing at Saint Mary’s University, in 2008. She has over 10 years of managerial experience with a proven track record. Her diverse experience has enabled her to implement strategies that deliver results. She is fluent in English and Farsi and has working proficiency in Arabic and Hindi. Donya’s passion is in helping businesses and individuals grow and thrive.

Shanique White

Project Coordinator

Shanique White is the Project Coordinator at Smiles First Academy, responsible for the planning and smooth execution of courses ensuring that they meet the guidelines and necessary standards of their respective fields. Shanique has 5 years of extensive experience working in sales, marketing, and public relations. She is committed to providing positive interactions with clients and students to maintain the company’s reputation. Before working here, Shanique fell in love with the dental field working as a Treatment Coordinator at a few Orthodontic practices while pursuing her bachelor’s degree. Shanique holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations from Northern Caribbean University. She is a certified Digital Marketer and believes firmly that every experience in life is preparing her for a greater opportunity.

Oyinkan Akinyele

Legal Counsel

Oyinkan is a corporate and commercial lawyer who has gained experience as in-house counsel in the public, health and environmental services sectors. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and holds a B.A. (Honours) in Arts, with a major in political science and minor in sociology, from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Smiles First, Oyinkan provided legal support to a leading waste management and recycling business during a multi-billion dollar merger. Entrepreneurial and solution-driven, Oyinkan has a track record of building relationships and communicating effectively within a fast-paced environment.

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At Smiles First Academy, your privacy is important to us. In our ongoing effort to protect our customers, we have implemented a Privacy Policy built on the ten principles in Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act relating to the collection, use, disclosure and protection of personal information.


Smiles First Academy is responsible for all personal information under its control.
We have designated a Privacy Officer who is accountable for our compliance with Federal and Provincial privacy laws. Although other staff may be responsible for the day-to-day collection and processing of your personal information, all staff are briefed and receive training on the importance of your privacy and how to handle your personal information.
We are responsible for personal information in our possession or custody, including information that has been transferred to a third-party for processing. We will utilize contractual means to provide a high-level of protection for any personal information processed by third-parties.


We will identify the purpose for which personal information is gathered prior to, or at the time of collection.
We may collect, use or disclose your personal information for the following purposes:

• To communicate with you and to send you information by email, mail, telephone, text message, or other means about our services and career opportunities, including sending marketing communications that we believe may be of interest to you
• To consider your application during our recruitment process
• To make your user experience easier, and more efficient
• To address problems with and improve our services
• To provide consistent, personalized services
• To help identify you when you visit our website, to gather demographic information about users of our website, and to improve our website administration
• To prevent, detect, mitigate and investigate fraud, security breaches and activities that are or potentially may be prohibited or illegal
• To respond to requests from government authorities
• To comply with legal process

You have the choice to not receive marketing information or calls.
Should your personal information be used or disclosed for a purpose not previously identified, we will make reasonable effort to identify the new purpose prior to its use or disclosure. We will also obtain

your consent before your personal information is used or disclosed for any such new purpose. If you are unclear about the purpose for which we collect information, please Contact Us to ask.


Your personal information will only be collected, used, or disclosed with your knowledge and express consent, except in emergencies and other occasions permitted or required by law. Once your consent is obtained, we will not seek your consent again unless the use, purpose or disclosure changes.

When your personal information may be used for previously unidentified purposes, your consent may be sought after the information has been collected but not before use.

You may withdraw your consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice.


We limit the collection of personal information to the amount and type of information necessary for the purposes we identify. All information is collected by fair and lawful means.


Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which the information is collected, except with your express consent, or as permitted by law.
Personal information may be processed, used, stored or accessed in other countries and may be subject to the laws of those countries. We will utilize contractual means to provide a high-level of protection for any personal information accessed or processed by third-parties.
We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected. We limit the use of your personal information, and it is not disclosed for purposes other than those for which the information was collected, except with your consent, or as required by law.
Where your personal information is no longer required to fulfill the identified purposes. It will be destroyed, erased, or made anonymous.


We endeavor to keep all personal information under our control accurate, complete and as up-to-date as necessary for the purposes for which it is being used. If information needs to be updated, we will make every effort to update our records and advise others with access to the information of such changes.
If your personal information changes or you believe that the personal information under our control Is inaccurate, please Contact Us to have the information updated or corrected.


We keep all information safe from loss, theft, unauthorized use, changes, copying or disclosure. When we no longer need your personal information, we take the necessary precautions to destroy the information just as we do while storing it.
Depending on the format in which your personal information is gathered, security measures may include physical precautions such as locking files cabinets, restricting access to cabinets, offices and files, organizational measures such as limiting access on a need-to-know basis, and technological measures such as passwords and encryption.


We are open and honest at all times, providing you with specific information about our policies and practices regarding the management of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, please Contact Us.


It is your right to know what personal information of yours we have and who we have given it to. Upon written request and with reasonable notice, we will provide access to personal information we have in our possession, how it has been used and any third-party disclosures. We may require you to provide us with additional information which will assist in providing an account of the existence, use and disclosure of your personal information.


You have the right to challenge our compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. We have enquiry and complaint procedures in place and will take the appropriate action to correct personal information handling policies and practices.


By accessing or using our website, you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy. If you do not consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy, please do not access our website or provide us with any personal information.
We regularly make changes to our Privacy Policy. Your continued access of our website following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy means that you accept and agree to be bound by such changes. Please check this page periodically for any revisions.


Automatic Collection

We may automatically receive certain information when you interact with our website. This includes information such as the type of web browser you use, your operating system, your IP address, and the domain name of the website you visited us from.
Depending on your browser settings, we may store information on your computer in the form of a “cookie.” Cookies are small pieces of data stored on your computer that allow us to recognize your computer when you return to our website. We may also use cookies to deliver content or save information (such as your password so you do not have to reenter it when next you visit). You may turn off your cookies using the features contained in your web browser; however, doing so may prevent you from making full use of some or all of the features of our website.
Information you provide to us
We may collect personal information from you, such as your name, email address, telephone number, CV, cover letter, and employment history, when you visit our website to apply for a position. We may also collect personal information when you save your information with us online or contact us with a question or concern.

We do not sell, rent or loan any information.
In an effort to maintain data accuracy, prevent unauthorized access and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have established physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard the information we collect online. Unfortunately, data transmitted over the internet cannot be 100% secure. Since we cannot assure the security of any information transmitted to us, you transfer information to us at your own risk.
If you have any questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy, please contact our affiliate:

Privacy Officer Smiles First Corporation 300 Alden Road Markham, Ontario L3R 4C1 E-mail: privacy@smilesfirstcorp.com
The Privacy Officer will investigate each complaint made to us in writing. If a complaint is found to be justified, the Privacy Officer will take appropriate measures, such as amending any policies and practices, if necessary.
Last Modified: October 4, 2017


SFA Implant Program and Residency
Created by Dental Implant Center of Excellence
Instructor Dr Dan Hagi.
The Fundamentals of Implant Dentistry
This course includes

About this Course

What you will learn:

This program includes all important aspects of implant dentistry: diagnosis and treatment planning, implant surgery, implant prosthodontics, long-term maintenance as well as prevention and management of implant complications. At the end of the didactic program a hands-on session will allow participants to further refine their skills and to be competent in comprehensive treatment planning, straightforward to advanced implant surgical procedures including localized bone augmentation, and the restoration as well as the after care of simple and advanced cases involving dental implants.

The didactic portion of the program is delivered in a cutting-edge e-learning online format. This will enable students to complete the program at their own pace at their own time without taking time off to travel. Once the online and hands-on program is completed an optional surgical mentorship will be available to graduates where the skills are going to be practiced on patients in a personalized 1-on-1 over the shoulder environment.

The online and hands-on component of the program are eligible for 72 PACE approved hours, fulfilling the RCDSO and most other juridictions’ requirements for placing and restoring dental implants. CE hours will be allocated for the live surgical mentorship on an individual basis.

Course Curriculum

Introduction, Course Briefing and Rationale for Implants
Healing mechanisms and bone physiology
Anatomy of the Maxilla and Mandible and Anatomical Safety Zones
Pharmacology for Implant Dentistry
History of Dental Implants
Biomechanics, Geometry and Osseointegration
Factors influencing implant success
Concepts of General Treatment planning in Implant Dentistry
Systemic factors and medical history evaluation for implant patients
Imaging, Documentation and 3D Planning
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Implant Patients
Interdisciplinary communication
Pre-surgical patient evaluation and preparation for surgery
Surgical instruments and materials for implant surgery
Save or Extract the Implant Dilemma
Atraumatic Extraction and Socket Grafting
Guided bone regeneration materials and techniques
Surgical Protocols for placing “simple” implants
Surgical Guides and guided surgery
Immediate extraction and implant placement
Managing complex implant surgical placements and sinus grafting
Intraoperative complications
Post-surgical complications and management
Peri-Implant Disease
Peri-implantitis Treatment
Evaluation of surgical outcome and stability
Prosthetic Components and Protocols
Fixed Prosthesis, Provisionalization and Materials
Aesthetic Design, Digital Smile Design and the demanding patient
Removable Prosthesis, Provisionalization and Materials
Occlusal considerations in implant dentistry
Full arch immediate load protocols
Guided surgery and CAD/CAM prosthetics in full arch rehabilitation
Management of Restorative Complications
Management of Soft Tissue Complications
Long-term follow-up and maintenance
Implant Maintenance Therapy
Post-Course Evaluation

Hands-on Modules(Live in Person)

Suturing Techniques – Interrupted, Deep horizontal, Continuous locking
Guided Bone Regeneration on Model
Placement of implant on model Sinus wall preparation on egg and sinus model
Prosthetic components
Open tray and closed tray impression taking
I/O Digital Implant Scanning
Implant Provisionalization Exercise
Treatment Planning Assignment – Posterior
Treatment Planning Assignment – Anterior
CBCT Interpretation Assignment

About Dr. Dan Hagi

Dr. Dan Hagi graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry in 2003. He maintains a general practice focused on metal-free oral rehabilitation in Thornhill, ON. He is also the founder of the Dental Implantology Center of Excellence (DICE), an institute devoted to enhancing dental implant education and pushing forward digital dentistry. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and an associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). An international lecturer and consultant for several dental companies.

Contact Us


1.877.270.3077 Ext 334

91 Granton Drive,
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 2N5

Monday to Friday
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Smiles First Academy is a Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD Credit

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