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Our Management Team

Keerith Bhangu

Keerith Bhangu

Project Coordinator

Keerith Bhangu completed her degree in Bachelor of General Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. Keerith worked in sales and customer service for 5 years before pursuing a career in administrative work, where she has now been working for the last 5 years. Keerith joined Smiles First Corporation in 2021 as an Executive Assistant to the CEO where her passion for ongoing learning and education was evident. Keerith has since taken on the role of Project Coordinator for Smiles First Academy, where her background gives us a unique perspective in how to curate courses and attract speakers that are relevant with today’s trends.

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.

Donya Rashidi

Director of Sales & Marketing

Donya Rashidi completed her degree in Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Marketing at Saint Mary’s University, in 2008.  Donya has over 10 years of managerial experience with a proven track record as an over achiever.  Donya’s diverse experience has enabled her to implement strategies that deliver results, which have greatly contributed to the growth of Smiles First Academy.  Within Smiles First Academy, Donya drives the marketing initiatives focused on audience growth, client engagement, and monetization strategies. Donya has a keen understanding of which topics are of greatest interest, all while cultivating meaningful relationships with speakers and participants alike.

Mohamed Razakazi

Managing Director of Operations

Mohamed graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelors in Business Commerce and Marketing. Mohamed is an excellent coach and works with the leadership team to develop their leadership and management skills. He is now utilizing his leadership skills to develop Smiles First Academy into the leading educational provider, by providing innovative solutions and inspiring others through his exceptional management skills.

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 is known for her inspirational leadership and driving results through relationships and team building. She now oversees operations for Smiles First Academy, applying the same leadership skills she has utilized in all her roles, to create an exceptional team. Leslie has expanded the Smiles First Academy catalogue of courses from just dental and healthcare courses, to include management and self-improvement courses, and even creating her own educational material for Academy.

Dr Azim Parekh

CEO

Dr. Azim Parekh attended the University of Toronto and has a bachelor’s in Mathematics and Physical Chemistry. In 1996, he graduated from Western University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. As a dentist, Dr. Parekh understands the importance of quality continuing education and is inspired to offer his colleagues a variety of clinic learning options. Smiles First Academy’s inception began in 2018 and its goal is to become a leading educational platform.

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