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  Dr. Gilmen and his dental assistant today were amazing. My 7 year old had his first cavity and these two lovely people were so gently to his needs and explained... read more

    thumb Dulce Borges-Jeffrey
    April 16, 2022

    5 star review  Friendly staff, comfortable rooms and atmosphere. Knowledgeable and clear with treatment plan. Put my mind at ease.

    thumb kyle gadsby
    April 21, 2021

    5 star review  I came to Eastgate with an urgent matter- a painful tooth I was trying to get help with before traveling. I wasn't even one of their patients, and they got... read more

    thumb Kaitlin Wilmshurst
    April 26, 2022
  • 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  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

    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  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 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  Top notch Dental office. They treat you like family. All the assistants are awesome, Dr. Jamie is amazing and so nice. They take their time to do the job right... read more

    thumb Steven Bass
    May 28, 2021
  • 5 star review  Dr. Mohammed has fantastic bedside manners and cares. Hard to find that now a days. I recommend everyone who needs dental work done. 6 star service.

    thumb Jesse White
    June 6, 2022

    5 star review  I have been taking my family here for 23yrs. The staff are amazing, the hours are fantastic and the office is always clean. The hygienists and dentists are great with... read more

    thumb Stephanie Provo
    October 14, 2021

    5 star review  First, I always get reminders about upcoming appointments. The staff is great, they welcome you with open arms. Any procedures I have they seem to always accomodate me in the... read more

    thumb Shirley Hollis
    October 21, 2021
  • 4 star review  Comfortable, pleasant staff, great hygienist and dentist. I took my daughter here for emergency dentistry in 2008, and haven't gone anywhere else since. I give 4 stars,... read more

    thumb Meggin Kraft
    June 15, 2022

    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  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  I have been going to Eastgate Dental for quite a few years now and have always had a great experience there. Mary is "the best" hygienist EVER.

    thumb Barb Harris
    March 20, 2022

    5 star review  I had a fantastic experience yesterday at Eastgate Dental Centre. I had a bad tooth that needed taking care of immediately, and I could not be happier with the results.... read more

    thumb Charles Landy
    February 20, 2022

    5 star review  I have been a patient here for over 12 years and cannot say enough. I had menu dentists and hygienists prior to this and none of them were as good... read more

    thumb Ashley Lee
    June 21, 2022

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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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