Read about our team of Ottawa dentists, hygienists and assistants below. Our staff is well trained and can provide you with an excellent degree of oral healthcare, as well as fully bilingual service in many cases. They are always friendly, and always ready to help you smile.

Get to know them below!

Our Dentists

Dr. Sheema Samarrae is an internationally trained dentist, graduated in 1998 with a degree in Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery from the University of Baghdad in Iraq. Working between Baghdad and Dubai and then moving to Canada, Dr. Samarrae graduated with a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery from Schulich Dental School at the University of Western Ontario in 2008.

She is a member of the Canadian Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, The International Team for Implantology, The International Association of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the American Dental Implant Association.

Dr. Samarrae is highly dedicated for ongoing education to acquire new knowledge and experience in order to offer her patients the best dental healthcare possible. She was able to collect more than 1,800 CE courses in the past few years from highly accredited institutes like Toronto Implant Institute, Pikos Implant Institute, Misch International Implant Institute, Pankey Institute, Kois Center, Digital Smile Design Residency and many more.

Dr. Samarrae is also keen toward helping the community and other dentists to provide excellent services in Implant and other restorative dentistry by providing mentoring and training courses to other dentists.

The staff of The Teal Umbrella knows her as a smiley, humble and easy going person. She works hard to help her patients maintain good oral health. She is compassionate, and works to put the needs of her patients first and foremost.

When she isn’t at The Teal Umbrella, Sheema can be found at home with her three children. She loves and enjoys art and hand crafting.

Becoming a dentist was destiny for Dr. Anita E (DDS), a 3rd generation dentist from Ottawa. Surrounded by dentists her whole life, she says that she loves dentistry because of “the science, art & human interaction!”

Before joining The Teal Umbrella, Dr. Anita worked for her father and gained valuable experience. Dr. Anita is excited to start a new adventure at The Teal Umbrella, with a team that prioritizes patient-care.

Dr. Anita wants you to know, patients will always be her priority!

Fun Fact: Dr. Anita loves travelling, cooking and exercising. She believes it is essential to live a balanced, active and social life!

Hygienists and Assistants

Kelly has been a hygienist at The Teal Umbrella for six and a half years! She has a considerable following of patients who love the deep cleaning she provides. She’s known for her thorough cleanings, for having her patient’s best interest and comfort at heart and for always helping them make an informed decision about treatment, based on client centred care. As a child, she always enjoyed going to the dentist, so much so, that her mother suggested that she pursue a dental career. And so, she did! Fun Fact: When Kelly is not cleaning people’s teeth, she’s salsa dancing!

You will never have a boring appointment under Adrienne’s care. She is an easy-going and enthusiastic hygienist, who loves to joke around! But, don’t be fooled, just because you leave her chair laughing, doesn’t mean you haven’t learned something or been told to floss more often! As she says, “I promise to make sure you are comfortable in my chair and always learning with a smile on your face!” She became a member of our team two years ago. When she applied for a position at The Teal Umbrella, she was at a place in her life where she was serious about taking her career to the next level and she knew that at our office she would become a better hygienist. Fun Fact: Adrienne was once in a beauty pageant and won by hula-dancing her way to victory!

Fifteen years ago, Elizabeth began her career as a Dental Assistant (also known as D.A) because she was fascinated by the profession and being able to help people. She knew she wanted to be part of Dr. Samarrae’s team when she met her and found they had common views on dentistry and high standards of care. She hopes to always make her patients comfortable and to address any questions, fears, or worries they may have. This energetic, Tapatia (AKA, “person from Guadalajara, Mexico”) born D.A, will always greet you with a smile and take care of you as if you were part of her family. Fun Fact: Elizabeth loves to travel, entertain her friends and family and anything that keeps her active.

Keavy graduated as a Level II Dental Assistant from Algonquin College. She’s been working at The Teal Umbrella since December 2017 and has become our Sterilization Centre expert! She considers herself a determined, resourceful and responsible person with a solid core knowledge about infection control, decontamination, and sterilization. Her aim, while working at The Teal Umbrella, is to ensure all dental instruments and surgical instruments used on our patients are adequately cared for and efficiently reprocessed. Fun Fact: Keavy’s favourite pastime is gardening. She says that gardening eases stress and keeps her calm!


Five years ago, Tina began working as a Dental Assistant for The Teal Umbrella and quickly became a key part of Dr. Samarrae’s team. Today, her role as a Clinical Coordinator allows her to continue providing the utmost care to our patients by helping them decide to go through with treatment. She considers herself a good teacher; with any diagnoses made, she will do her best to explain the why’s? The what if’s? The what if I don’t? And she will make sure you leave with no questions unanswered. Fun Fact: On her days off you can find Tina either with her daughter or lifting weights at the gym!

Yalin graduated as a Level II Dental Assistant from Algonquin College and was hired a month later at The Teal Umbrella. She truly appreciates this office’s strong focus on cutting edge technologies like BCR and the Itero scanner. She hopes to offer her patient a fast, but comfortable service and to help people have a beautiful and healthy smile. Fun Fact: Yalin is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, and she loves to watch horror movies!

Ayesha is one of our newest staff members at The Teal Umbrella. Before working in the dental industry, she worked for four years as a Personal Support Worker at St. Patrick Home of Ottawa. Ayesha comes with lots of patience, a great sense of humour and a positive outlook on life. Her decision to work for The Teal Umbrella comes from her need to offer patients a trusted and superior level of care, for a better dentistry experience. Fun Fact: Ayesha’s favourite pastimes are watching documentaries, listening to Caribbean music and dancing!


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