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Dr. Karam Ashoo
DDS, FRCD(C)

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Dr. Chafic Safi
DMD, MS

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Sangeetha Kulathilagar
BSc. Nursing, RN

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Dr. Azim Parekh
Founder and CEO

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Leslie Carafeillo
Vice President Of Operations

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Mohamed Razakazi
Managing Director Of Operations

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Dr. Azeem Sheikh
BSc, DDS

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Dr. Ron Goodlin
DDS, AACD, FAGD, FIADFA

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Dr. Les Priemer
DDS, Diplomate of the ABDSM

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Dr. Dan Hagi
DDS, FAGD, FICOI, (A)FAAID

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Angie Ferraro
RDH

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Alina Fintineanu
RDH

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Timothy Brown
Speaker

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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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Sangeetha Kulathilagar
Manager Of Operations

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Dr. Hatamian
Dentist

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Oyinkan Akinyele
Legal Counsel

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Mohamed Razakazi
Managing Director Of Operations

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Kamaran Ahmed
Senior Commercial Account Manager

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Donya Rashidi
Director of Marketing & Special Projects

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Dr. Karam Ashoo received his dental degree in 2003 and his endodontic specialty degree in 2008 from Columbia University in New York City. During his endodontic specialty training he discovered a passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge. He currently teaches the graduate Endodontic Program at the Faculty of Dentistry for the University of Toronto. Dr. Ashoo adopts and employs the latest technologies in his presentations and in his practice and is dedicated to endodontic excellence. He has lectured in New York, Toronto and also internationally. Dr. Ashoo maintains his private practices in Toronto and Georgetown, ON.

“I really enjoyed lecturing with this group. The SmilesFirst organization was all present. The support and effort of their entire staff was present. They were certainly a pleasure to work with, and were endlessly accommodating during the lecture, both to myself and the attendees.
The class was composed of a mix of new and seasoned dentists, all of whom were very attentive and participation was high. The venue was interesting and inviting, and easily accommodated the high turn-out. Many thanks to you all!”

Dr. Chafic Safi completed his postgraduate residency in Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015, where he also completed a Master of Science in Oral Biology researching the outcome of endodontic microsurgery and factors affecting prognosis. Dr. Safi received the Penn Endo best topic presentation awarded in 2014 and lectured at the Penn Endo Global Symposium, at the McGill Endodontics Symposium, and at the Journées Dentaires Internationales du Québec. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and is currently board eligible for the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Safi remains on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Endodontics, Philadelphia, and PA as an adjunct assistant professor. He lives and practices in Montreal, Canada.

“I have worked with Smiles First Academy, and I personally had a great and enriching experience. I think there is big growth potential for ongoing future successful courses. I hope to work again with the Smiles First Team soon!”

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.

Teaching for Smiles First Academy has been a pleasant experience overall. The team always make me feel comfortable, and work with me directly to make sure the course has everything it requires. They want to ensure that the content is impactful and interactive, therefore retaining what you learn is that much more effective. I look forward to teaching more with Smiles First Academy.

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.

Mohamed Razakazi is currently working at Smiles First Corporation as Managing Director of Operations. He has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Commerce and Marketing at Carleton University, in 2002. His excellence in communication makes him a great speaker. Topics in which he has been teaching relate to business, marketing, leadership and management. As a well renowned leader, he focuses in facilitating growth in team dynamics and leadership trends. He believes in building healthy relationships which foster the success of a team.

Dr. Sheikh has practiced general dentistry in the GTA for over 15 years. He earned his Baccalaureate with Honours in Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto in 1999. He went on to complete his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Western Ontario in 2003. He is the owner of Brampton Dental Arts where his practice focuses mostly on implant surgery. He has placed over 3000 dental implants, and is currently the Course Director and Clinical Instructor for the Master Implant Training Program at Hiossen Implant Canada. In addition, he is the Founder of the Ontario Dental Implant Network, which provides live surgery mentorship for over 40 doctors in the GTA. His passion is to share his knowledge through live surgery, with a focus on Immediate implant therapies (Anterior, Molar, Full Arch). He is the Key Opinion Leader for DenMat on Soft Tissue Management. Dr. Sheikh also speaks throughout Canada to other dentists and their staff about incorporating new technologies and developments in dentistry, enabling them to provide a higher standard of care to their patients. He retains active membership with the Ontario Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. He also maintains his membership to continually update his didactic and clinical skills, focusing on his passion: dental implants.

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to the Smiles First Academy team for their continued support and organization with the course we ran recently. It was an honor and a pleasure to instruct for you, and I look forward to many more successful courses moving forwards.

Dr. Ron Goodlin maintains a private practice in Aurora, Canada with a focus on cosmetic and interdisciplinary care. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1980, and the New York Institute If Photography in 1975. Dr. Goodlin has achieved accreditation status with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, where he later went on to become one of the few Canadian Dentists to become President of this prestigious organization. Dr. Goodlin has also earned Fellowship status in both the Academy of General Dentistry and the International Academy of Dentistry-Facial Esthetics. Dr. Goodlin was the co-founder and president of the Toronto Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the editor of the Journal of Canadian Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and was on the editorial boards of Spectrum and Teamwork dental journals. He is a sought after speaker in the fields of Cosmetic Dentistry and Intra Oral Photography. In his spare time he acts as a conservation wildlife photographer documenting the effects of climate change, pollution, industrialization and urban sprawl in his efforts to make the world more sustainable. “Changing the world...one image at a time.”

Dr. Les Priemer graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry in 1972.
He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (having served on its Education and Curriculum Committee), and an emeritus member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and sat on its certification committee in 2003-2004. He consults with several sleep diagnostic centers and has given numerous presentations to sleep and general hospital rounds, physicians, respiratory technicians and dentists. He has presented to the Ontario Dental Association Spring Meeting, the Bermuda Dental Association, University of Toronto Respirology, Sleep Medicine Day, and the Youthdale Pediatric Sleep Medicine Day, and has authored articles on sleep-disordered breathing for the Ontario Dental Association Journal, the Canadian Dental Protection Association and Spectrum.
He has served on the Dental Advisory Committee for Dental Services Group both locally and internationally. As well, in 2005 and 2006 he served as a non-council member of the Complaints Committee of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
His practice in Toronto is limited to the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing.

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.

Angie Ferraro is a Registered Dental Hygienist with extensive experience in dental hygiene and a strong focus in periodontics. She is a graduate of Seneca College and also holds a certificate in Adult Education from the Canadian College of Educators. Angie’s experience includes many years in private practice, as well as working as a clinical advisor and instructor with a Toronto dental hygiene college. At the college, she delivered lectures and provided a supportive learning environment to her students, working with them from pre-clinic through to graduation.

Angie’s engaging personality and excellent communication skills make her a dynamic and passionate speaker. A self-described fitness fanatic, Angie is a marathon runner, cyclist and personal fitness advisor who enjoys focusing on health and wellness.

Alina Fintineanu is a registered dental hygienist working full-time in Orthodontics. She has nearly 10 years of experience working in dentistry in multiple practice settings as well as dental consulting. Following studies at both Oxford College and George Brown College, she nurtured her passion for orthodontics and facilitating beautiful smiles to change others’ lives for the better.

Alina’s interactive approach combines theory, hands-on training and an overall engaging learning experience.

When she is not reminding patients to wear their elastics, you can find her traveling, baking and petting dogs.

Timothy A. Brown has risen to national prominence as President & CEO of ROI Corporation, Canada’s #1 dental practice appraiser and broker. His insights, research and experience in the dental field has made him a highly sought after professional speaker and a respected author.


As a leading national authority in understanding and identifying the potential of today’s dental market, Timothy has customized a presentation that illuminates themes and trends that are of interest to dentists at all stages of their careers.

Career Achievements/Accomplishments:

  • Author of “Profitable Practice – Why a Dental Practice is an Exceptional Investment”, 7th edition (2017) and now over 7,000 copies are in distribution.
  • Publisher of Profitable Practice Magazine – Dental, Veterinary & Eye Care Edition.
  • Established Locum Lifestyle ™, the concept of promoting dentists (Locum Tenens) who work in part-time, temporary assignments in dental practices.
  • Created Ethiclease (www.ethiclease.com), an equipment finance company.
  • Developed e-Valuation™.
  • Conceptualized and trademarked Investor Dentist™ and i-dentist™, the growing market of third party buyers investing in Canadian dental practices.
  • Over 300 International speaking engagements including: Canadian Dental Association, Ontario Dental Association, Alberta Dental Specialists, International Dental Congress, Dental Society meetings, Dental Study Clubs, Canadian Dental Faculties and Alumni Associations.
  • Over 250 articles published in respected Canadian dental journals.


  • His book, “Profitable Practice – Why a Dental Practice is an Exceptional Investment”, is a potent reminder that dentistry can indeed be very profitable if the right steps are taken from the very beginning. Timothy brings these credentials to the podium and delivers a message that inspires and energizes dentists to reach their highest potential. He communicates clearly and concisely, empowering dentists to acquire the business acumen needed for success with this enthusiastic, insightful presentation.

    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.

    Dr. Hatamian is a general dentist and has been practising dentistry since 2006. Dr. Hatamian received an award of recognition as one of the “Best Dentists in Ontario” once in 2015 by Open Care and again in 2019 by Top Doctors.
    He is very passionate about his works and identifies himself as a progressive dentist who stays up to date by participating in dental seminars and conventions, and uses modern technologies and advances in his practices. Dr. Hatamian is committed to reflect the philosophy of his practice as outlined in the websites and also by educating his patients to maintain a balanced lifestyle and to encourage them to attend to their dental care on a regular basis.
    He enjoys all aspects of providing dental care to his patients from preventative dentistry such as a custom-fit night guards to more complex disciplines such as placing dental implants to replace missing teeth.
    He grew up in the City of Toronto where he completed all his post-secondary educations and trainings. Dr. Hatamian obtained a Bachelor of Science with Honours (HB.Sc.) and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (D.D.S.) from University of Toronto. During his training at Sunnybrook, Mount Sinai, and Toronto Public Health dental clinics, Dr. Hatamian treated patients who needed basic dentistry and those with special needs, and attended to the care of seniors and children.
    Dr. Hatamian has also completed additional trainings in the following disciplines:
    Implant dentistry: This speciality training has empowered him with skills and experience to place and restore dental implants on patients with single or multiple missing teeth.
    Periodontal and advanced dental surgery: This advanced training has enabled Dr. Hatamian to treat patients with gum disease and those who need gum grafts or extractions including wisdom teeth.
    Sedation Dentistry; Dr. Hatamian is certified to provide a variety of sedation options to nervous patients and to make them more relax and comfortable during any dental procedure.
    Invisalign; A great alternative to conventional fixed braces, Dr. Hatamian’s expertise has enabled him to treat many patients with crooked teeth and to restore their confidence to smile.
    Cosmetic dentistry; from teeth whitening to full smile makeover, Dr. Hatamian is equipped with knowledge and experience to restore badly shaped and discoloured teeth in his patients.
    Occlusion and TMD; This extra training has enabled Dr. Hatamian to help his patients who suffer from discomfort of TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) and to provide them with remedies.
    Dr. Hatamian established Hatamian Dentistry downtown location in 2009 at Scotia Plaza. This office was moved and merged with Toothworks Richmond Adelaide in 2019. He also took over an existing dental office in midtown Toronto location at 1881 Yonge Street in 2011. He continues to provide his services at both locations.
    Dr. Hatamian is an active member of the following Professional Institutions:
    Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO),
    Ontario Dental Association (ODA),
    Academy of General Dentistry (AGD),
    Ontario Dental Implant Network,
    Canadian Implant Dentistry Network

    In his spare time, he attends to his family, enjoys yoga, swimming, and classical music.

    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.

    Mohamed Razakazi is currently working at Smiles First Corporation as Managing Director of Operations. He has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Commerce and Marketing at Carleton University, in 2002. His excellence in communication makes him a great speaker. Topics in which he has been teaching relate to business, marketing, leadership and management. As a well renowned leader, he focuses in facilitating growth in team dynamics and leadership trends. He believes in building healthy relationships which foster the success of a team.

    Graduated in 2000 from University of Toronto with a major in Economics. Started his career at RBC in 2001, he currently is the Manager of Business Markets for Healthcare and leads a team of healthcare account managers across GTA in providing advice and service. Kamaran has been with RBC for 19 years and specializes in the healthcare industry. He has an extensive banking background holding various positions at RBC over his past 19years. With his extensive knowledge he is a go to resource at RBC for clients and colleagues. He believes in leading with advice and providing value.

    Donya Rashidi is currently working as Director of 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.