We’re a team of dentists and dental professionals who have come together to serve patients in the community we love and we strive to excel at what we do. We’re committed to ongoing learning and compassionate care - and our reward is seeing you smile. We’re grateful you’ve chosen Larry Uteck Dentistry and we look forward to serving you.
Dr. Nada Abdalla
Dr. Nada studied dentistry at Damascus University, and after graduation she completed a three-and-a-half-year residency program in prosthodontics. She has practiced dentistry in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. She and her husband moved to Manchester, UK after her residency, where she practiced dentistry in local hospitals. While she was in Manchester she provided comprehensive patient care in conservative and restorative dentistry. A believer in continuing education, Dr. Nada has taken extensive courses and training to maintain and enhance her expertise. She has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Yaser Issa
Dr. Yaser has an extensive academic background in dentistry. He holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Damascus University, along with a Diploma of higher studies and a Master’s degree; a PhD in fixed prosthodontics and oral medicine from the University of Manchester, UK; and a DDS from Dalhousie University. At Dalhousie he received awards for his table clinic project and in conservative dental treatment.
Dr. Ebrahim Kiani Moghadam
Dr. Kiani studied dentistry at the Shiraz University of Medical Science, graduating with his DDS in 2001. He also holds a Master’s degree in Endodontics, which he received in 2006. After coming to Canada he attended the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University and graduated with distinction. He maintains close ties with Dalhousie, where he teaches endodontics.
Dr. Shadi Ashtari
Dr. Shadi studied dentistry at the Shiraz University of Medical Science, where she graduated with her DDS in 1999 and a speciality in pediatric dentistry in 2006. She entered private practice and over the next twelve years she owned and operated two dental practices before coming to Canada. After completing her National Dental Board Exams and receiving her licence to practice dentistry in Canada, she re-entered practice and eventually settled in Nova Scotia. Dr. Shadi is a member of the Nova Scotia and Canadian Dental Associations.
Registered Dental Assistant
Shanelle graduated with honours from NSCC - IT in 2017 as a Level II Dental Assistant. She started working with us in June of 2020.
Shanelle grew up in a small community in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. She enjoys going back to visit her family and the countryside when she can. Born to a Danish family, she is fluent in Danish. When she’s not at work, Shanelle can be found sailing, crocheting, reading, and of course spending time with her cats Sapphira and Melita.
Crystal graduated with honours from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in 2008 with a diploma in Dental Hygiene. She also holds a certificate in Dental Assisting, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. She started working with us in July of 2020.
Crystal was born on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, however grew up in Ontario. She returned to Nova Scotia after graduating in 2008. She can often be found visiting her large extended family in the Sheet Harbour area. When not at work, Crystal enjoys hiking with her dog Ava, cuddling her cats nessa and Cali, watercolour painting and reading.
Registered Dental Assistant
Samantha graduated from NSCC - IT in 2015 as a Level II Dental Assistant. She Joined our team in October 2019. She brings 6 years of dental assistant experience.
Samantha grew up in Bedford, Nova Scotia. She enjoys spending time with her two daughter, Georgia and Ember, and her husband Coady.
When she's not at work, Samantha can be found exploring the outdoors with her two little girls, and travelling to Cape Breton to spend time with family and friends.
Kelly Graduated with honours from CBBC in 2009 as a Level II Dental Assistant. She started working with us in January 2020.
Kelly grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She brings with her 12 years of experience in the dental field and has worked as both a chairside assistant and administrative assistant prior to her role as Office Manager here at Larry Uteck Dentistry. Outside of work She can be found cake decorating or spending time with family and friends.