Our Team

Our Partnerships
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Our Partnerships

``Building lifetime partnerships in business and in life``
We understand the power of partnerships and thanks to our dedicated & passionate partners, SFA is able to impact those who chose to join us!

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Our Advisory

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Dr. Azim Parekh
Founder and CEO
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Leslie Carafeillo
Vice President Of Operations
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Leslie Carafeillo
Manager Of Operations
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Dr. Iain Meldrum
Orthodontist
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Oyinkan Akinyele
Legal Counsel
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Kamaran Ahmed
Senior Commercial Account Manager
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Donya Rashidi
Manager, Marketing & Special Projects
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Dr. Parekh graduated with a Bachelor of Science and majored in Mathematics and Physical Chemistry with a minor in Astronomy from the University of Toronto. He later Graduated with Honors from the University of Western Faculty of Dentistry in 1996. Dr. Parekh lives by the business philosophy of dentistry prevention. He is renowned for his exceptional chair side manner and loves to impart his wisdom in educating his patients on the best oral care for them. Even children love coming to see him! He is an expert in many dentistry fields, has extensive training and continues to educate himself in all the new technologies and dental advancements. Dr. Parekh not only wants to see you have a great smile but also wants to make a difference in the lives of every patient he sees.

Leslie Carrafiello is currently working as Vice President of Operations for Smiles First Corporation. She is Certified as a Master Facilitator in courses such as Behavioral Tendencies, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Coaching for Success and more. Leadership styles she most believes in and adheres to are coaching, collaborative, cross-cultural, transformational, and strategic styles as a visionary.

Her interpersonal and public speaking skills are her greatest assets, and she believes that success is built through building strong relationships. Leslie has 20 years of experience leading teams across country to achieve their desired growth and success, driving them to achieve more than they ever believed they were capable of. It is a delight to have her passion in sharing her knowledge in areas of leadership and management with Smiles First Academy.

Sangeetha Kulathilagar completed her postgraduate education in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honors) at York University, in 2009. She is a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Her experience is vast in the areas of head and neck surgery and plastics, intensive care, general medicine, respirology, and cardiology. Currently she works as Manager of Operations at Smiles First Academy where she focuses on her passion, being continuing education. She enjoys fostering interactive learning approaches.

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Oyinkan is a corporate/commercial lawyer with in-house experience in the public, health, and environmental services sectors. Prior to joining Smiles First, Oyinkan was Legal Counsel with a leading waste management and recycling corporation, providing practical corporate/commercial and employment law advice during a large corporate merger.
Oyinkan’s community involvement includes volunteering with various legal clinics, most recently as a member of the Board of Directors of the Worker’s Health and Safety Legal Clinic. Oyinkan is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and holds a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science, Minor in Sociology from the University of Waterloo.

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Donya Rashidi is currently working as Manager, Marketing & Special Projects for Smiles First Corporation. She completed her degree in Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Marketing at Saint Mary’s University, in 2008. She has 10+ years of proven record of success with managerial experience. Her mix of experience has allowed 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 online and beyond.