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

  • The staff at Eastgate Dental are always pleasant, efficient and helpful. My dentist and her assistant are fantastic!! I don't like going to the dentist buy my dentist and assistant are... read more

    thumb Gail B
    December 24, 2021

    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

    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

    thumb k mc
    March 27, 2021
  • The Staff here are Super Nice and Really good at helping you feel comfortable, especially when you may experience a bit of anxiety about your appointment procedure. I would most... read more

    thumb Steve Brandt
    January 15, 2022

    I was received in an orderly manner following COVID restrictions and protocols after having signed in through a portal the day before. There was no delay in receiving me at... read more

    thumb Thomas Ayers
    January 29, 2022

    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
  • 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

    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

    The dental work is good, staff is friendly, I've had generally positive experiences. My one complaint is the billing. They do direct billing but I've often had various things go... read more

    thumb Nathan Jervis
    February 18, 2021
  • 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 Fougere
    June 23, 2021

    They took me as a new patient and I was able to get an appointment very quickly! All the staff there are so nice and very helpful, I’m glad to... read more

    thumb Karleigh Keegan
    June 30, 2022

    My hygienist is Angela , she is very nice, and my dentist is Dr.Gelman , he is very good dentist and explane to me everything. He always did good job.

    thumb Fariba Nobarpour
    January 27, 2021
  • 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
    February 14, 2022

    The staff and Doctors are all extremely nice and professional. I have never had a problem and they are super gentle when doing any major work. Would recommend 100%

    thumb Antonella Monroy
    October 4, 2021

    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
  • Had an really bad infected tooth. My previous appointment with another doctor was still 2 weeks away 🙁 Eastgate Dental took my call this morning and gave what... read more

    thumb Michael Kemp
    July 29, 2022

    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

    I would like to thank everyone at Eastgate Dental Centre for their kindness, and a superb job!! I was overwhelmed with their care and the job they did... read more

    thumb Shirley Milne
    May 4, 2022

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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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