Meet your Riviera Dental Team

Dr. Hussein Elastal

Dr. Elastal obtained his dental degree from University of Detroit Mercy in 2000. He practiced general dentistry in Pembroke, Ontario for two years before opening Riviera Dental Centre in 2004. He has extensive training in implant and cosmetic dentistry, as well as orthodontics, including Invisalign treatment. In his spare time he loves to travel and spend time with his wife and three boys. He is committed to excellence in his profession and will gladly answer any concerns you have about your smile.

Dr. Sara Bahnam

Dr. Sara Bahnam was born and raised in Ottawa. She's wanted to be in the dental profession from a young age due to it's application of art and science to improve a person's health and smile. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science with specialization in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa in 2010, which led her to complete her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Sydney in 2015. She was awarded with the Goldsworthy-Sullivan Memorial Prize for Proficiency in the Field of Oral Biology for her dental research on oral pain and completed a rural placement in her final year of studies. Dr. Bahnam is a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, the Canadian Dental Association, the Ontario Dental Association, and the Ottawa Dental Society. In her spare time she continues to take courses in all aspects of dentistry, where oral surgery, cosmetic, and pediatric dentistry are her main interests. She also loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Heather Thomson
Registered Dental Hygienist

Heather joined the Riveria Dental Team, September 2011. Previously, she worked as a Certified Dental Assistant and Treatment Coordinator in Coquitlam BC. She relocated to Ottawa to continue her studies in Dental Hygiene and graduated with honors in 2010 at The Canadian National Institute of Health. Committed to providing excellence in dental care, Heather regularly attends continuing education courses and has currently completed her Laser Therapy. Her goal is to provide her patients with the highest quality of care and latest in dental hygiene advancements. Heather loves spending time with her family, skiing and their dog Cole

Genvieve Laurin
Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from the dental hygiene program at La Cité Collegiale in 2002. I have been working at Riviera Dental Centre since its conception. I take great pride in patient care and helping them achieve their oral health goals. What I cherish the most is the relationships that I have built with my patients over the years. Known for my warm welcoming personality and gentle touch I will make sure your visit is as pleasant as possible. Away from work I love to spend time with family and friends and like to keep active with soccer, golf and curling.

Sandy Bahnam
Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from La Cité collégiale in 2011 and have been part of the Riviera team for nearly 3 years. Recently, I have joined the Riviera dental team. I enjoy educating patients about how to improve their oral hygiene, while being compassionate and adding a side of humour along the way. My interests include photography, history, and traveling.

Sheryl Lind
Clinic Manager

Welcome to our practice! I am the friendly face that you will meet at the front desk. I love to find ways to help people smile and that includes building confidence to share their smile! I am happy to answer your questions, plan for appointments, help resolve concerns and make your visits positive. Dr. Shaaban and Dr. Elastal are fantastic doctors to work with, as they are highly skilled and fun to be around. I love the energy of our team that shares my primary goal which is to help you!
With 18 years of Dental Experience I can’t imagine working with a better group of people! Everyone is so nice and patient and I feel at home.

Thi Matcheskie
Office Administrator

Born and raised In Ottawa and has been working in the dental field as an administrative assistant for over 12 years and still enjoys the interaction with all the clients and coworkers. In her spare time she loves to be active by playing volleyball, tennis, and hiking. Also, any chance she gets to travel the world and create memorable adventures with her daughter.