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Dr. Farhan Shivji completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of British Columbia, and has since
become the proud owner and principal dentist of NeWest Smile Dental, located in the heart of New Westminster’s Brewery District.
Dr. Shivji creates a welcoming and safe clinical environment that prioritizes patient comfort. Patients consistently
appreciate his precise anaesthetic technique, and his charismatic and caring chair-side manor. Dr. Shivji advocates for his patients, and enjoys educating patients regarding their oral health care, with consideration of each patient’s specific concerns- both restorative and cosmetic. As well as growing his practice, Dr. Shivji has a strong interest in population and public health. He has traveled to San Quintin, Mexico on a dental mission to provide dental care to communities in need.
In his spare time Dr. Shivji enjoys spending time hiking and skiing around beautiful BC, keeping up-to-date with his passion for cars, and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Tina Tavakoli completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Toronto. She was working in Ontario for few years before moving to Vancouver. She loves nature and adventure, so selecting beautiful British Columbia wasn’t a hard decision. Dr. Tavakoli has a warm, caring and gentle personality, which puts children and anxious patients at ease.
Dr. Tina Tavakoli has a passion for making her patients smile with confidence. Her focus to deliver quality and comfortable dentistry of all phases is sensed from her strive to attend advanced continuing education courses. She particularly enjoys the fields of esthetics, comprehensive care and Oral surgery.
In her free time, Dr. Tina Tavakoli enjoys Hiking, climbing and skiing.
Dr. Amin Shivji was born in Africa and moved to Vancouver in 1973. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1989 with a BSc in Biology and entered the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC, graduating in 1993.
He has been practicing general dentistry in Vancouver since 1993 and has taken numerous postgraduate courses in Occlusion, Gum Surgery, Cosmetic and Laser Dentistry. For the last several years, Dr. Shivji has focused on cosmetic dentistry, including Invisalign and dental implants.
Dr. Shivji strives to help patients achieve excellent oral health and awareness through personalized patient education. Recognizing that oral health can affect other areas of the body, Dr Shivji evaluates and treats each patient with the goal of helping them to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Dr. Shivji believes strongly in giving back to the community and has made significant donations to oral cancer research through the BC Cancer Foundation, providing generous donations each year since the beginning of the annual “Evening to Conquer Oral Cancer.” He has also given generously to his alma mater, the UBC Dental School, where he donated the funds for the renovation of two much needed conference rooms.
When he’s not practicing leading edge dental care with patients, Dr. Shivji and his wife Sharon love to travel with their two boys.
Dr. Mo was born in Iran and has been practicing dentistry for the past 24 years, dedicating the last 18 years towards Implant Dentistry and Periodontal (gum) surgeries. He has been practicing as a licensed general dentist in Canada since 2015.
After getting his DDS from Shahid Beheshti University in 1995, he practiced general dentistry for three years and went back to the university to receive his MSc in Periodontics in 2001. In Iran, he provided patients with periodontal and advanced implant treatments at his private practice, and served as an assistant professor at the Guilan University of Medical Sciences.
Dr. Mo has a passion for continuous education, and has served both as an instructor and a student in various courses to cultivate his passion for implant dentistry.
Away from his practice, Dr. Mo enjoys skiing, biking, and spending time with his family.
Janelle graduated from The Certified Dental Assisting Program at VCC in 2016 and has been working in the dental field since. Most recently she has expanded her role to become the head administrative receptionist of our team. Having been cross trained to work in both our clinical and administrative teams has truly given her the ability to assist all of our patients with their dental needs and concerns. With a strong work ethic and loving nature, Janelle’s first priority is client care and comfort. Her favourite part of dentistry is meeting new people and helping to maintain happy and healthy smiles. Outside of work, you may find Janelle exploring the great outdoors, with her adorable cat Hunter or watching Netflix.
As a recent graduate of the Dental Reception Coordinator program at VCC, Molly has grown to be a valued member of our team. She takes pride in helping patients better understand their dental benefits as well as ease any concerns they may have.
A few of Molly’s favourite past time includes attending festivals or shows, keeping up with her fitness goals and expressing her creativity through make up. When she isn’t trying out new recipes in the kitchen, you can catch her hanging out with her cat, Salem!
Mina graduated from the Certified Dental Assisting program at CDI College in 2007 and has been working in the dental field since. She loves to know she is making a difference to help diminish patient’s fears about dentistry.
She enjoys building a bond with her patients and help making them feel as comfortable as possible. She is a people person who loves meeting new people and working as a team.
Outside of dentistry, Mina loves to travel! Her desire for adventure has brought her all across the globe, most recently to Australia, Thailand, and Bali.
Michaela graduated from the Certified Dental Assisting program at VCC in 2012, and has been working in the dental field since. She prides herself on having a comforting chair side manner, making the experience of going to the dentist as pleasant as she can for her patients. She is thrilled to be part of a caring and energetic team, and enjoys seeing her workmates smile just as much as she loves seeing her patients smile. Outside of dentistry, Michaela enjoys trying new things, painting, reading and eating good food.
Originally from Winnipeg, MB, Kiran completed her Diploma with Honors from Toronto College of Dental Hygiene in 2018 and soon after joined our team. She’s been working in the dental field for almost 5 years since she graduated as a Level II Dental Assistant and then continued to explore her talents until she found her passion and pursued her career in Dental Hygiene.
Her professionalism and passion for patient care exemplify what our top priority is at NeWest Smile Dental. Kiran is sure to make your cleaning as gentle and enjoyable as possible. Outside of the office, Kiran enjoys cooking, exploring new restaurants, and traveling.
Cheriee graduated from The Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in 2018 and has been a valued member of our family since. She takes great pride in making every appointment as fun and enjoyable as possible.
Her favourite part of dentistry is getting to know each of her patients and educating them on proper oral care.
When not at work, you can almost guarantee that Cheriee’s dog, Rex, is by her side. The dynamic duo loves to go on adventures together or just relax and snuggle on the couch. Rex loves when Cheriee cleans his teeth just as much (if not more) as all of her patients!
Harpreet graduated from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene in 2010, and has been the head hygienist at Newest Smile Dental since 2014. Her gentle touch and genuine compassion for our patients guarantees a satisfying dental experience at every cleaning visit.
Her favourite part of dentistry is working in a friendly and welcoming office environment where patients feel comfortable.
Outside of dentistry, Harpreet enjoys shopping and catching up on her favourite shows on Netflix.