The Dentists

dr yanover 2013Dr. Lawrence Yanover, D.D.S.

After completing my dental degree and two years of additional training at University of Toronto, I became a pediatric dentist in 1982. I was granted a PhD in 1984, and worked full time at University of Western Ontario until beginning practice in St Catharines in 1986. After rigorous further examination I was awarded a Fellowship, Royal College of Dentists Canada as well as Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. I have served as President, Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Secretary Treasurer, Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentists and Chief of Dentistry at GNG site NHS. I have written and lectured extensively on pediatric dentistry and look forward to caring for your child's dental health.

Dr Lawrence Yanover graduated from University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry in 1977. He completed his specialty training in 1982. After receiving his PhD in 1984, he continued post-doctoral research and teaching at University of Western Ontario. In 1986, he located his pediatric dental practice in St Catharines. He is both a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


  • University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry: DDS (1977), Pediatric Dentist (1892), PhD (1984)
  • Forsyth Institute, Cambridge MA, USA: Residency program (1977-1978)
  • University of Western Ontario: MRC Centennial Research Fellowship (1984-1986)

Hospital Medical Staff

  • Niagara Health System
  • Hamilton Health Sciences: MUMC Childrens Hospital and St Joseph's Healthcare site


  • Ontario: Ontario Dental Assoc'n, Ontario Society of Pediatric Dentists
  • Canada: Canadian Dental Assoc'n, Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, RCDC (Fellow)
  • USA: Amer Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Amer Board of Pediatric Dentists (Diplomate)

dr mamdaniDr. Arif Mamdani D.M.D

As an young child myself going to my Pediatric Dentist regularly, I've realized how important it was to be in a children's friendly environment to everyone to overcome my fear of the dentist. At times, going to the dentist can be a nervous experience for not only the child but also for the parents. It's my goal to use my previous personal experiences and everything I've learned in my dental career to create a positive experience for the entire family. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your child smile at their dental visit and I'm truly honoured to be in a profession where I get to work with children on a daily basis.


  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)- The University of Western Ontario
  • Docorate of Dental Medicine (DMD)- Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine
  • Pediatric Dentistry Specialty (CAGS)- Boston Medical Centre, Franciscan Children's Hospital, and the Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine
  • Fellow, Royal College of Dentists of Canada (Canadian Specialty Designation)
  • Board eligible, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Associate Professor at the University of Toronto School of Dentistry
  • Undergraduate Pediatric Dentistry

dr garistoDr. Gabriella Garisto- Dental Anaesthesiology

Dr. Garisto holds a Masters in Dental Anaesthesiology and is one of the few dentists in our province who holds a board certified specialty status in this area of expertise. Dr. Garisto graduated from the University of Toronto Doctor of Dental Surgery program with honours. She was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honour Society and has won awards and scholarships in the areas of pain control and patient management.

Her subsequent three years of training in the Masters Dental Anaesthesia program included major rotations at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Toronto East General Hospital. In addition, Dr. Garisto is an Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Dental Anaesthesia at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry.

dr bhalla 2013Dr. Jasdev Bhalla

Academic Rank

  • Clinical Instructor at the Pedo-surgery Center at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry

Academic Qualifications

  • Certified Specialist in the Dental Anaesthesia
  • Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anaesthesiology
  • Diplomat American Board of Dental Anaesthesiology
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Masters of science


  • Executive Director, International Sedation Corporation
  • Owner/Coordinator, MM Sedation Study Club

Academic and Clinical Interest

Out of Hospital Premises Anaesthesia
Patient Safety
Continuing Education on Dental Anaesthesia Internationally