Our Team At Unionville Gate Family Dentists


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The Dentists: 


Dr. Abbass R Fakih 


Dr. Abbass Fakih graduated from University of Toronto with Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S). Dr. Fakih is an active member of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), the Ontario Dentist Association (ODA), and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Abbass has completed his implant residency at University of Toronto in addition to Misch prosthetics and surgical programs. He is Invisalign licenced, Lumineers certified, and holds certificates in oral surgery, periodontal surgery, and IV Sedation. After graduation, Dr. Abbass opened his own practices and has been providing patients with exceptional dental care.

Dr. Abbass is fluent in English and Arabic. A man of varied interests, he enjoys playing soccer, travelling, and spending time with his family. 

Dr. Russell Rendely 



Dr. Russell Rendely graduated from University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry in 1984. He has been practicing dentistry in Markham since then. Daily, Dr. Rendely enjoys seeing the results of his work, whether it is a simple recall check or an extensive reconstruction. He has been, for over thirty years, dedicated to providing thorough, comfortable, and empathetic care in a relaxed atmosphere.

Dr. Theresa Bourke 



Theresa Bourke obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree (Dean's Honor Roll) from The University of Toronto. She then completed her Dental Degree at the University of Western Ontario.

Along with her husband, Dr. Ian Erwood, she has worked in the Unionville community for more than 25 years and raised three children in Markham. She enjoys preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry and likes to provide these services to all age groups. She treats her patients with gentleness and care. She loves working with the great staff in the warm and friendly atmosphere of Unionville Gate Family Dentists. In her free time, Dr. Bourke likes to spend it at the cottage with family and friends where she also reads, studies French, plays tennis and paddleboards. Dr. Bourke enjoys treating long time patients of Unionville Gate Family Dentists as well as welcoming new patients.

Dr. Ian Erwood 



Dr. Ian Erwood obtained an Honours Bachelor Degree of Science majoring in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto graduating on the Deans Honour Role. He then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Erwood is an active member of the Canadian Dental Association, Ontario Dental Association, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, York Region Dental Society, American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics, and obtained his Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral lmplantologists and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is current president of the Canadian Straight Wire Orthodontic Study Club and is past president of the Ontario Study Club of Osseointegration.

Dr. Erwood is a Preferred lnvisalign Provider and is qualified to administer l.V. Sedation. Dr. Erwood is a general dentist who presents dental lectures to dentists and their staff throughout North America to assist them in learning dental procedures and improving patient care.

Dr. Ian Erwood has been enhancing the smiles for his Unionville and surrounding area patients for over 25 years. When not practicing, Dr. Erwood enjoys playing tennis, skiing, kiteboarding and spending time with his wife and three children.

The Hygienists: 


Marisa (Registered Dental Hygienist, RDH)



Marisa joined Unionville Gate Family Dentists in 2011 after graduating from the Dental Hygiene Program at The Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Community Sciences. Marisa enjoys getting to know her clients individually to provide high quality dental care in a comfortable and safe environment. She is dedicated to helping clients maintain good oral health and preventing dental disease as she considers the comfort and health of her clients as her first priority. Marisa's services include scaling and polishing teeth, applying cavity-prevention agents to the teeth such as fluoride and sealants, as well as providing clients with oral hygiene education.

Marisa continues to further her knowledge through yearly continuing education courses in order to provide clients with the utmost care. In her spare time, Marisa enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jen (Registered Dental Hygienist, RDH)



Jen graduated from Oxford College in 2010 and shortly after joined the team at Unionville Gate Family Dentists. She in a Registered hygienist with the CDHO and an active member of the CDHA. Jen participates in continuing education courses yearly to stay up to date, and expand her knowledge. She enjoys working with clients to improve oral health, and set realistic and attainable goals with each individual. Services include teeth cleanings (scaling, polishing, fluoride application), client education, pit and fissure sealants, and whitening. Jen feels that building rapport is so important, and tries to get to know each client that she works with.

In her spare time, Jen enjoys entertaining friends and family, baking, and small time life in Mount Albert with her husband, black lab, and pet chickens.

Vivian (Registered Dental Hygienist, RDH)



Graduating from the Canadian institute of Dental Hygiene in 2004, Vivian is a Registered Dental Hygienist in Ontario. She is in good standing with the College of Dental Hygiene of Ontario and has been a part of the Ontario Dental Hygienist Association for 10 years. She has been practicing and implementing dental hygiene at Unionville Gate Family Dentist for 10 years. She continues to actively increase her knowledge base by participating in continuing education courses throughout the year.

Her core competencies include assessing, planning and educating clients in their oral health with the objective of achieving good oral health habits.

As a dedicated wife and mother of two young boys, Vivian enjoys reading, painting, cooking, enjoying time at the cottage and spending lots of time with her family.

Shanaaz (Registered Dental Hygienist, RDH)



Shanaaz graduated as a registered dental hygienist from Cambrian College in 2001. She joined the team of Unionville Gate Family Dentists in 2004. She enjoys helping her clients achieve their optimum oral health and understand the importance of good oral care. Her attention to detail, caring, and gentle technique is appreciated by her clients. Shanaaz is a member of a Canadian Dental Hygienist Associations and she believes it is important to consistently increase her dental knowledge through continuing education

Shanaaz loves being a mum to her 3 1/2 year old son and spending quality time with her family and friends.