Meet Our Team

Dental hygienists and dental assistants are a vital part of a good dental team, and work closely with the dentist to provide optimum dental care. They teach patients how to care for their teeth, as well as contribute to comprehensive dental diagnoses by providing diagnoses on your dental hygiene. Our friendly and courteous office staff are always happy to assist old and new patients throughout their dentist visits. They will help arrange and manage your appointments and follow-up visits, and answer any questions and concerns that you may have.

Experts Ready to Serve

Dr. Azim Parekh

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Dr. Dave McDonell

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Mandy Thompson

Dental Assistant

Laurence Guillemette

Dental Hygienist

Mary Bard

Dental Hygienist

Pamela Bean

Office Administrator

Suzanne Viau

Front Desk Bilingual Administrator

Kaitlyn Wihelm

Dental Assistant

Dr. Azim Parekh

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. Also, he does IV sedation at the practice.

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. 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. Also, he does IV sedation at the practice. 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.

Dr. Dave McDonell

David graduated from Holy Trinity in Cornwall in 2008. Always wanting to pursue a career in the health field, David attended the University of Ottawa where he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Health Science. While at uOttawa, David attended a career information night on dentistry, which peaked his interest in becoming a dentist. In 2013, David began his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Having recently graduated in June of 2018, David has returned home to S.D.&G. and has begun working in Cornwall. David is excited to be back home and is looking forward to providing dental treatment to the wondering families of Cornwall and area.

Mandy Thompson

Mandy Thompson is a part -time dental assistant at Smiles First Cornwall. Mandy has worked in the dental for over 32 years & is a graduate of Ottawa Career Canada . Mandy loves meeting new people & making clients feel at ease especially with their fears and anxiety. When not working Mandy loves being on the water & spending time with family & friends.

Laurence Guillemette

Laurence is Smiles First Cornwall bilingual and full- timrr hygienist. Laurence graduated from La Cite and has over 4 years of experience. Laurence always meets the needs of her clients & makes them feel comfortable during their appointment. ln Laurences’ spare time she enjoys camping, spending time with her family and dogs.

Mary Bard

Mary says “It has been a challenge to be a hygienist for 50 years but the gratitude I have received from clients has been extremely rewarding and confirms this as my career decision. I strive to make the experience for the client as pleasant as possible while listening to their concerns and fears. Continuing my education after graduating from university was a priority for me. I specifically specialized in periodontics and nutrition. Now, I have the opportunity to share my knowledge and work experience with the professional team at Smiles First Cornwall.”

Pamela Bean

Pamela graduated from University in 1985 and then moved to Cornwall. Pamela has worked in the dental industry for over 32 years. Pamela’s role at Smiles first Cornwall is Office Administrator , who enjoys having a family- oriented practice ! Pamela’s experience has made her instrumental in this role, meeting the needs of all of SmilesFirst clients. When not at the office, pamela with her family engages in a lot of physical fitness activities or you can find her reading.

Suzanne Viau

Suzanne joined the team at Smiles First Cornwall in Septem ber 2Ol7 . Suzanne works part-time as a front desk bilingual administrator. Suzanne has over 25 years of experience in the dental field, and is extremely helpful to every clients ‘questions & concerns. Smiles First has certainly benefitted significantly from having Suzanne on their team. Suzanne enjoys reading and travelling with her family.

Kaitlyn Wilhelm

Kaitlyn is our most recent team member at Smiles First Cornwall. Kaitlyn graduated from Cambrian College and has over L0years as a dental assistant. Smiles First is thrilled to have Kaitlyn join our team. Kaitlyn’s enjoys hiking and spending quality family time with her husband and two young children.