Dr. Andrea Oko, DDS, MSc
I am originally from the Westlock, Alberta area, having grown up on an acreage 20 minutes outside of town. Throughout my childhood I spent many hours playing sports, being most active in figure skating and volleyball. Following graduation from R. F. Staples Secondary School, I moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta. In 2001 I started my Bachelor of Science Degree, receiving my BSc in Immunology and Infection in 2005. Later that year I started a Masters in Cell Biology at the University of Alberta, studying the immune systems of catfish. In 2009, during my first year of study in dentistry at the University of Alberta, I completed my Master of Science degree.
I am very excited to practice at the Westmount Dental Centre. I pride myself on making patients comfortable and as relaxed as possible in the dental chair. I look forward to continuing my informal education throughout my career, allowing me to introduce new and advanced techniques for my patients.
I currently live in St. Albert. You may see me at the grocery store in my sweatpants! My interests include ice hockey and ball hockey, reading, watching action movies, laughing at myself, and long walks with my husband, Pete, and our Labrador Retrievers, Coal and Fergus.
Dr. Pawan Nyachhyon
Dr. Nyachhyon received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Sindh in 1998 and went on to practice as a general dentist in Nepal. He completed a post-graduation degree in oral surgery in 2007 and did fellowship trainings in South Korea, Australia and the United States. He received the International Scholar Award from the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association in 2008.
After moving to Canada in 2011, Dr. Nyachhyon challenged the qualifying exams of the National Dental Examination Board of Canada and became a certified dentist in 2013. He has practiced general dentistry since then. With his extensive experience in general dentistry and oral surgery in particular, he is committed to providing quality dental care for the well-being of his patients. His distinctive blend of artistic and technical dexterity has succeeded in creating a long-lasting smile for many patients. He is friendly, caring and confident, and looks forward to building ongoing relationships with his patients in Edmonton.
Being an active member of the Canadian Dental Association, Alberta Dental Association and American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, Dr. Nyachhyon is committed to lifetime learning to keep abreast with current trends in dentistry and dedicated to educating patients on improving their oral health. Dr. Nyachhyon loves to read, travel, listen to music, swim, do yoga and volunteer in community events. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Dr. Maryla Mollania
I was born and raised in a beautiful coastal city of northern Iran. My interest in dentistry was motivated by my desire to help relieve dental pain and to ensure people have beautiful smiles. It was a great honour to be admitted to the most competitive dental school of Teheran, where after 6 years of full-time studies I was awarded a doctorate degree in the field of Dentistry (DDS).
After graduation, I worked as a general and family dentist in a government-run multidisciplinary clinic in northern Iran. That experience allowed me to pursue my particular interest in helping children. Soon after I met and married an engineer, who was offered a scholarship in France to support his PhD. The time we spent in France (3 years) was a beginning of our assimilation into a multicultural society.
Canada was a very natural choice with its open door policy to accept and support professionals from around the world. The only aspect of Canadian life that made us nervous was the cold winters.
It’s been my dream and a passion to work as a dentist, and upon coming to Canada, I went back to dental school for the second time. We lived in Vancouver while I attended University of British Columbia. It was a great DMD program that allowed me to update my current knowledge and learn about new advancements in dentistry. I received a DMD degree in 2015.
I am very glad to work at Westmount Dental Centre as I have found a very supportive and strong team who work well together for the betterment of our patients.
I speak four languages: English, French, Farsi, and rudimentary Arabic. I love swimming, jogging, camping, and playing sports with my son, husband, and friends. I am also a big fan of dancing, especially Zumba.
Dr. Shirley Chiang
I grew up in Vancouver, BC where I received my Bachelor of Science degree from University of British Columbia. My formal dental education started in Boston, where I graduated magna cum laude from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine with my Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).
With my passion for dentistry, I strive to provide a comfortable experience for patients of all ages, including children. I deliver comprehensive dental care and am certified in Invisalign® orthodontic treatment.
I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and am involved in my community. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and watching classic Hollywood musicals. I am very excited to be providing high quality dental care to patients at Westmount Dental Centre.
Dr. Alrasheed Hadi
I joined Westmount Dental Centre in March of 2015, and I feel extremely privileged to be a part of such a wonderful team. I received the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from Kuban Medical Academy, Krasnodar, Russia in 1997. Since then I have attended various dental conferences to continually update my knowledge and skills and stay afloat of new techniques and technologies in the dental field.
I am a certified Invisalign® provider and have completed numerous cases with excellent results. I am a member in good standing of Alberta Dental Association and College. I am fluent in English, Russian, and Arabic, and I would be happy to be your dentist as well as a translator if such need arises.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and playing volleyball.
Dr. Satvinder Jassar
I grew up in London, UK and obtained my Bachelor’s in Anatomy and Dental degree from University of London in 2001. The move to Edmonton, Canada from Britain was, and still is, a wonderful journey. Working at Westmount Dental Centre offers me a great diversity of patients and their different dental needs. I aim to provide high quality dental care; patient comfort and satisfaction are always my number one priority. In order to lessen dental phobia, I provide oral and nitrous sedation when requested.
I am a member in good standing of Alberta Dental Association and College. I lead a busy and active life with my work, husband, and children. I love taking my children swimming, skating, and skiing. Also, visiting the mountains, that I love, is my very favourite holiday destination.
Dr. Maryna Muzychenko
I was raised in Edmonton, in fact, I was a patient myself at Westmount Dental as a child, and I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. I enjoy treating patients of all age, and in all areas of general dentistry, including comprehensive exams, preventative treatment, cosmetic procedures, fillings, crowns and bridges, root canals, and surgical procedures.
One of my passions outside of dentistry is languages. Aside from English, I am happy to serve my patients in Ukrainian, French, Spanish, and Russian.
I am a firm believer that all patients deserve be treated how I myself would like to be treated, and making sure my patients' dental experience is comfortable and pain-free is my number one priority. I am also committed to life-long Continuing Education in order to provide my patients with the highest standard of care.
I believe that the foundation of good dentistry is the relationship and trust between my patients and myself. I will always take the time to help patients find the treatment that best fits their unique needs, and to make sure that all the treatment options that are available are explained in detail. I greatly value patient education and involvement, and am always happy to answer any questions you might have during visits. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve your oral health goals.
John de la Cruz, DD – Denturist
I graduated from the Denturist Technology program at NAIT in 2012 and since then have been providing patients with complete and partial dentures. By understanding that each patient has different needs, I specialize in making dentures that are functional while allowing patients to regain their confident smile.
I pride myself to ensure each patient is content and feels comfortable at every appointment. I believe design, technique, and communication, are key elements to a successful outcome.
My interest includes being active as a part-time yogi and I am a seasonal marathon runner. In contrast, I do enjoy being a couch potato while channel surfing or binge watching episodes on Netflix. I also love food and I’m constantly eating!
Dr. Pratibha Bindlish, BDS, DDS
I completed my DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from Western University, London, ON, where I also received the Dr. Kenneth Pownall Memorial Scholarship and the Dr. Gerald Z. Wright Award for the highest academic standing throughout the program. I obtained my first dental degree in India back in 2006 with distinction.
After spending more than 10 years practicing dentistry, my love and passion for this wonderful profession are more than they have ever been. I am confident in all aspects of dentistry and would love to answer any questions you may have when you come into our office. I take pleasure in spending enough time talking to my patients to understand their areas of concern and to provide the right treatment options for them.
Keeping abreast with what is current is most important for me, and I am currently certified to provide nitrous and oral sedation that allows me to provide relaxing and stress-free treatment. I am also trained in Invisalign® (clear aligners) treatments to help achieve beautiful smiles.
Besides dentistry, I love travelling, reading, trying new recipes and spending time with my family. I feel privileged to be a part of a wonderful team at Westmount Dental Centre and look forward to meeting you during your next dental appointment.