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.

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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    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

    5 star review  I am a coward when it comes to the dentist Dr Chi and Diana have went above and beyond to keep sure I’m calm & as pain free as possible.... read more

    thumb Georgina Jeffery
  • 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

    5 star review  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

    5 star review  I loved going here today because seeing Mikayla was really refreshing.and I'm glad that she understands how my anxiety is and she made it a fun experience where there was... read more

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  • 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

    4 star review  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

    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
  • 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

    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

    4 star review  I arrived for my 4pm appointment at 3:51. By the time I was actually in the dentist chair it was almost 4:20. This made my hygienist appointment behind and she... read more

    thumb Michelle Urech

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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