Meet your Fernbank Dental Team

Dr. Hanan Shaaban

Dr. Shaaban obtained her dental degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax in 2000. She moved to Ontario shortly after and has been practicing dentistry ever since. Dr. Shaaban is a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and is dedicated to providing quality care for her patient.

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.

Ausmar Espana
Registered Dental Hygienist

Ausmar joined Fernbank Dental in 2013 after graduating with honours from the Canadian National Institute of Health. She has over 16 years of experience in the dental field. Ausmar was the recipient of the Golden Scaler award for outstanding clinical skills. She is committed to provide excellent dental care to her patients. She regularly attends dental courses to maintain and update her knowledge in new technology and techniques. Ausmar’s attention to details and compassion are always appreciated by her patients. Ausmar loves spending her free time with her family and friends. She enjoys photography, running and being outdoors. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

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 Fernbank 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.

Julie Adouachvil
Office Administrator

Julie, our energetic dental receptionist, has over 6 years of experience as a dental office administrator. Julie enjoys working with people and meeting their dental needs. She enjoys seeing new faces and looks forward to greeting our regular patients. Julie brings strong office management skills to the team and has great knowledge in all administrative aspects of the dental field. On her off time, she values quality time with her family and she loves traveling the world.

Olga Chirokova

Olga graduated from dental assisting in 2008 with honours. She immediately fell in love with the career and has been working since graduation. Olga enjoys all aspects of dentistry, especially putting smiles on people's faces and seeing progress as people achieve a better dental health. On her spare time Olga likes to ride motorcycles with her husband, going camping with family and friends and enjoying the simple things in life.

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.