Eastgate Dental Centre

Who We Are

About Eastgate
Dental Centre

Eastgate Dental Centre offers a wide range of dental care to our patients, including general dentistry, dental hygiene, dentures and speciality dental services, including: orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and oral surgery.

Since the time of our opening in 1993, we have successfully treated thousands of individuals and families in our community. Our family of dentists look forward to providing your complete dental needs.

Our Doctors

Dr. Jomy Vallippalam

I graduated with a degree in Dentistry from the University of Western in 2010.

I enjoy doing Restorative, Endodontic and Implant Dentistry while building a trusting relationship with our patients.

I am a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeon’s, Ontario Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and the Hamilton Academy of Dentistry.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling and playing Volleyball.

Dr. Vineet Bhandari

I have a degree in Biology (1978) from McMaster University, a degree in Industrial Hygiene under the Faculty of Medicine (1980) from the University of Toronto, and a in Dentistry degree from the University of Toronto (1984). I completed a Post Graduate Program in Aesthetic Dentistry from the University of Buffalo along with a Certificate In Intravenous Conscious Sedation from the University of Toronto in the 1990’s.

I enjoy all aspects of general Dentistry; however, most enjoy putting a smile on people’s faces, making them feel confident about themselves and most of all educating them on the relationship between Oral Health and General Health.

I love to road bike, especially mountain bike, travelling to exotic locations and I am a passionate golfer. I support the Charity of Hope Oakville, Charity of Hope Hamilton and the Halton Women’s Shelter. I love to help people I any situation, I love learning and using my situation to help others succeed.

Dr. Barry Gelman

I graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996 with my degree in Dentistry.

I enjoy building strong relationships with patients and doing Surgery and Endodontics. I am a member of the Dental Surgeons of Ontario and the Ontario Dental Association.

I am nearly a lifelong resident of Hamilton with 25 years of practice in the Hamilton area, I love my work and the people I work with in a large Collaborative practice. In my spare time I enjoy walking, cycling using new technology, reading and listen to music.

Dr. Nazek Mohammed DDS

I studied both abroad and in Canada. I graduated from Baghdad University with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Science (B.D.S.) in 1999 and in 2013 I received my DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgeon) designation from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2016 completed the Implant Residency continuing education at the University of Toronto.

I enjoy all aspects of dentistry and I strive for excellence in dental care for patients of all ages. My degrees allow me to practice general dentistry, and a variety of procedures.

I am a member of the Ontario Dental Association, Canadian Dental Association and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling around the world. I also enjoy supporting canadahelps.org.

Dr. Chee Lum

I studied at Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in Cleveland graduating in 1992 as well I have a HBSc in Biology/BioChemistry from the University of Ottawa in 1986. I initially was planning a career in transplant medicine until I found myself drawn to Dentistry.

I enjoy meeting our patients and learning about what interests them while doing all aspects of general dentistry.

I consider myself a French Canadian who grew up in the heart of Quebec, Canada. I am multilingual and speak fluently in French, English, Cantonese, mandarin and some Spanish.

In my spare time I enjoy gardening (Cactus, Orchids and Bonsai Trees). Collecting gems, minerals and fossils, arachnology and herpetology, aquarium fish, as well I enjoy to paint with oils and acrylics and drawing in a charcoal medium. In my youth I loved sports basketball, volleyball, squash and track and field. I continue to keep fit by swimming and hold my first-degree black belts in Tao Kwon Do and Karate.

I support World Vision, TEAMS Canada, Sunnybrook Foundation and the Peoples Church.

Dr. James Tonogai

I graduated from the University of Western with a degree in Dentistry in 2015, and I have enjoyed working at Eastgate Dental Centre for the past 5 years.

I am currently enrolled in a 3-year Prosthodontics specialty Program at the University of Toronto. Before entering the prosthodontic residency, I have pursued several additional training programs in Implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry and occlusion.

In my spare time I enjoy tennis, sailing and badminton.

Dr. Uditi Kapoor

Dr. Uditi Kapoor

I believe in providing comprehensive dental care with a friendly smile to my patients. I began my journey in dental care in India and subsequently completed D.M.D. with honours from Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental medicine.
After successfully completing the National Dental Boards examination (U.S.A.), The Commission of Dental Competency Assessments (U.S.A.) and National Dental Examining Board Canada, I am licensed by the Massachusetts State Dental Board in the United States and Royal College of Dental Surgeon of Ontario. I am also a member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, Ontario Dental Association, Canadian Dental Association and Indian Dental Association.
Having practiced internationally, I have gained valuable hands-on experience and a gentle chairside manner. Ensuring that my patients receive the best standard of care, I am certified in providing minimal and moderate sedation, Invisalign, and proficient in CEREC CAD/CAM technology. I enjoy all aspects of dentistry, especially wisdom teeth extractions. 
When not providing dental care, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. I am also an avid hiker and loves exploring new places when I can.

Our Languages

Do you prefer to speak another language other than English? We off dental appointments in Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, French, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Malayalam, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Turkish, Serbian, Swahili, Kazakhstan, and Tamil as well, just let us know what you prefer when you book with us.

Fees & Insurance

We direct bill insurance and we accept all major credit cards and debit. If you need financing options, please ask our Treatment Coordinator for more information when reviewing any recommended dental treatments.

What Our Clients Love About Us

  • 5 star review  Very professional, pleasant and safe! Clearly have done a lot to ensure the best safety for staff and patients. Cleanings, fillings etc, I have only ever received the best care

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    March 27, 2021

    4 star review  They make it feel safe and know what they doing. They take time to explain what they need to do. It clam and safe place to going and work on... read more

    thumb Tammy Hudgins
    January 11, 2022

    5 star review  I have been coming to this practice for last 4-5 years , always finding them friendly and professionally treating me. My Dentist Dr. Mohammed is so kind , very... read more

    thumb Amjed Ibrahim
    August 14, 2020
  • 5 star review  Another fabulous visit at Eastgate Dental! Professional while maintaining a very comfortable atmosphere. Extremely proactive with Covid regulations above and beyond! The staff are amazing and great at what what... read more

    thumb Christine Digiantomasso
    June 7, 2021

    5 star review  They are awesome! I would recommend them to everyone I know. So friendly and work with you on your benefits and making sure you are well looked after

    thumb Crystal S.
    September 30, 2021

    5 star review  I have been a patient with Eastgate dental centre for over 15 years. I can honestly say why I keep coming back is because my hygienist Angela is fantastic! She... read more

    thumb Sonya Strand
    May 8, 2021
  • 5 star review  The staff is always friendly. Procedures are explained thoroughly, and they're always sure check in with you frequently as they're working to make sure you're as comfortable as possible. I... read more

    thumb QueenMari3
    December 2, 2021

    5 star review  I love love love my new dentist! I feel safe going into this office because of their protocols. Also, Dr. Bhandari and the staff are a dream. The level of... read more

    thumb R. Pang
    August 23, 2021

    5 star review  I was more than happy with my experience here. The hygienist that did my cleaning was comforting and professional she was definitely great at her job. When I spoke to... read more

    thumb Mark X
    May 13, 2021
  • 5 star review  Went to have a periodontist assessment. Dr was straight forward and honest. Really happy he did not tried to sell any treatment like other dental clinics would have done. Thanks

    thumb Claire Walker
    April 7, 2021

    5 star review  My hygiene appointment with Angela was amazing!!!! She was very caring and compassionate. She explained everything she was doing and observing. A... read more

    thumb Patricia Gerrior
    October 30, 2021

    5 star review  This dental office is one of the best as far as I'm concerned. They do great work, and always want the patient to be comfortable. The fact that they are... read more

    thumb scott hall
    June 8, 2021
  • 5 star review  I had such a pleasant experience at my appointment today. I've never felt more welcomed and comfortable at a dental office before. Dr Chan Lum makes you feel like you... read more

    thumb Joann Fouge
    June 23, 2021

    5 star review  Dr Chi was excellent. I thought I was getting a tooth pulled but it ended up it was two teeth which could be fixed and saved and even fixed... read more

    thumb Marsha Wass
    March 25, 2021

    5 star review  I had a painful wisdom tooth emerging through my gums, and they were able to get me in the next day. I was very very nervous, as it’s been years... read more

    thumb Alexandra Franklin
    October 27, 2021
  • 5 star review  Very professional dental office. Covid protocols were excellent - if you have any fears of that, they have done everything to put your mind at ease. As bad... read more

    thumb Alex Gallant
    November 18, 2021

    5 star review  Dr. Gelman has been my dentist for several years now -and he is “WONDERFUL”- Angela & Kelly have been cleaning my teeth and my family’s teeth for several years now;... read more

    thumb Lisa Santaguida
    February 20, 2021

    5 star review  In these crazy times it's really appreciate all the work they have gone into making sure everything is clean and safe. The 2 wonderful ladies that helped me out had... read more

    thumb Keri Potter
    September 9, 2021

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Our Community

The entire team at Eastgate Dental Centre are proud to live and work in the vibrant community of Hamilton. This is our home and we genuinely care about taking care of the oral health care needs of our community – and we can do the same for you too.


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