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Lolo Pediatric Dentistry | Get to know us

meet our dental team.

We care about your child and we want them to have the most pleasant dental experience possible so that they’ll want to come back! We understand that the dental experience can be overwhelming for a child. That is why our carefully selected team demonstrates compassion and patience, working to make your child’s experience stress-free. All of our team members are selected due to their experience and ability to work well with families and children. Get to know the team that puts your child first.

In her spare time, you will find Dr. Zina exploring all the beauty the west coast has to offer with her husband and three young children. She is an avid traveller, yogi, novice skier, and self-proclaimed coffee-addict.

meet Dr. Zina Alkafaji

Pediatric Dentist

As a mother and a healthcare provider, Dr. Zina understands that children require extra care, time, and attention during a dental visit, as well as a comfortable, child-centered setting. At Lolo Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Zina has created the perfect environment for meeting these needs. As a parent of young children, she knows how difficult it can be to instill good eating and brushing habits in the home, and has lots of ideas for parents on how to ensure healthy smiles for their own families. She is a strong believer in prevention rather than intervention, and chooses to take a conservative approach whenever possible.

After graduating from the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois- Chicago, she practiced general dentistry for two years before pursuing her true passion- dentistry for children. Dr. Zina realized that the magic of children kept her enchanted and challenged everyday at work. She wanted to become an expert in children and their little teeth so she spent 3 extra years studying at the University of British Columbia in order to become a certified specialist in pediatric dentistry. During this time she also received a Masters in Craniofacial Science by completing research in pediatric sedation.

Professional Memberships

Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry British Columbia Dental Association American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry University of British Columbia University of Illinois College of Dentistry Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada College of Dentists of British Columbia
Pediatric Dentist Dr Shannon Munsie
In her spare time, Dr. Shannon likes playing volleyball, running, skiing and yoga. She can name all of the My Little Pony characters and several Pokemon. She is also learning to speak French (beginner) and loves to practice!

meet Dr. Shannon Munsie

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Shannon Munsie is from Vancouver and is happy to be back to contribute to the community where she grew up. Before coming to Lolo, Dr. Shannon lived in Ottawa and was a staff pediatric dentist at CHEO (the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario).

It was no surprise to those who know her that when she became a dentist, she specialized in pediatric dentistry. She loves to help children and their families learn to master the dental experience. She did her training at UBC (BSc and Masters), Western (DDS), SickKids Hospital Toronto (hospital residency), and the University of Washington for her Masters degree and specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry. She is experienced working with children who are medically complex, with cleft lip and palate and autism spectrum disorder. She has also lectured on these topics to help other dentists in providing quality care and education to their pediatric patients and families.

She has a gentle approach with her patients and believes that going to the dentist should be a positive experience for children and their grown-ups.

Professional Memberships:

Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry British Columbia Dental Association American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time hiking and exploring beautiful British Columbia with her husband.

meet Dr. Ava Vali Sichani

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Ava graduated from dental school in Iran, in 2009 working as a General Dentist for about 3 years. This is where she realized her love of being a dentist and working with children. Dr. Ava decided to combine both passions in 2012 and started a graduate program to become a Certified Specialist in pediatric dentistry.

As a child she had a hard time going to the dentist, so this gave her the opportunity to make dentistry a good and fun experience for children, which she sees as the most rewarding part of her job! After graduating in 2015 she practiced as a Pediatric Dentist for 4 years before immigrating to Canada, becoming licensed as a dentist, and continuing her passion for practicing dentistry. In addition, Dr. Ava completed the DSATP program in pediatric dentistry at UBC and got certified as a pediatric dentist in Canada. 

Dr. Ava is very passionate about working with children and adolescents, and highly values her patients’ trust. Her goal as a dentist is to promote dental health in a calm and relaxed environment and make every visit to the dentist a good experience for children.

 

Professional Memberships

Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry British Columbia Dental Association American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry University of British Columbia Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada

noah the narwhal says

change your child’s toothbrush frequently!

  • Worn out brushes can wear away at enamel, cause plaque buildup and will not clean the teeth properly, leading to cavities.
  • Bacteria builds up in the bristles so changing their toothbrush every 3 months promotes good oral health.
  • If your child is exposed to sickness, it is recommended to change their toothbrush so they don’t get re-exposed to the bacteria.

 

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