It’s a real family affair at Dentistry in the Beach. For over 20 years the practice treats patients as young as 3 years old to those well into their nineties. Many are connected as family, as grown children return to the Beaches to raise their own families. In fact, some days the waiting room at the office becomes a place for family reunions!
Dr. Kathryn Shields, the owner and founder of the practice along with her sister Jennifer, office manager, enjoy working together.
Both girls never dreamed they would be in business together! They grew up in Mandeville, Jamaica. After graduating with a science degree from the University of West Indies, Kathryn was accepted at dental school at both Howard University, Washington DC and McGill in Montreal. “Not sure why she chose Montreal!” says Jennifer. In 1996 Kathryn came to Toronto and set up her practice in the Beaches. Jennifer followed, and has worked as her office administrator ever since.
A few years ago, the practice added Dr. Rena Rabheru, recently graduated from dental school at Western University in London, Ontario. There also are 4 hygienists, 3 assistants and 3 administrative staff who work in the office. “We all love it here,” says Jennifer.
The practice offers all aspects of general dentistry. These days, however, there is a much greater call for cosmetic-related dentistry, especially for adults. Services such as dental implants (instead of dentures) are very popular, especially with older adults.
Dr. Shields particularly enjoys helping her patients make a big change in their lives through restorative dentistry where a tooth (or teeth) are straightened, fixed or replaced, she explains, “restorative dentistry is able to give someone a more beautiful smile, which is so important for one’s confidence.”
Above all, Dr. Shields is most committed to helping patients feel relaxed at the dentist office. She says “too many adults carry a real fear of the dentist which is very difficult to over come.” But by being calm, using a sense of humour, and explaining each step being taken, she finds her staff has a particular gift for removing many of those fears.
Our office seems to be able to help people with their fears and get them to relax,” she says, “and that is so important to us.”
Dentistry in the Beach
330 Kingston Rd.