Meet the Team
Dr. Yasmin Shamji
DMD, University of British Columbia
Dr . Shamji graduated from the prestigious University of British Columbia Dentistry program in 1982 with a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. She associated at an office in Vancouver until 1987 when she moved to Waterloo, Ontario. She has practiced dentistry at her current location in Conestoga Mall ever since. Her passion for dentistry and love for her community is evident through her numerous volunteer initiatives, both locally and overseas. She served on the board of directors for the Grand River Hospital Foundation for six years and served on the board of the Abulcasis Dental Alliance for 7 years, both ending in 2013. She is also a member of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), Waterloo-Wellington Dental Society (WWDS), the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Toronto Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
In her free time, Dr. Shamji loves to travel; however, these trips are not always for leisure. In January 2008, she travelled to Cambodia with the group "Kindness in Action" to provide dental care to those less fortunate and without access to adequate dental facilities. In the last two years, she has travelled to Tanzania, Africa numerous times with the Abulcasis Dental Alliance to help set up new dental clinics and enhance the quality of care provided by implementing sustainable and up-to-date protocols. These self-sustaining projects are affiliated with the AKDN (Aga Khan Development Network). In 2013 she made her way to Khorog, Tajikistan. During her time there she mentored the local dentists, did some volunteer work, as well as implemented office protocols including infection control protocol as per CDC to ensure the highest standards of care. Dr. Shamji went back to Khorog in October of 2015 to continue her volunteer efforts and teach local dentists about the most up to date techniques and materials as well as ensure the progression of the clinic toward first world standards. In 2015 she also travelled to India where she visited a local seniors shelter as well as an orphanage for young girls to provide her expertise regarding the setup of a sustainable dental clinic and all protocols that would need to be put into place.
Dr. Shamji also spent time in recent years completely renovating and updating Trillium Dental Centre with the most up-to-date equipment and modern decor. The goal of these changes has been to optimize the comfort of her patients and provide the absolute gold standard of dental care.
Dr. George Carere
DDS, University of Toronto
Dr. George Carere received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario and went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto in 1977. Kitchener-Waterloo has been home for himself, his wife and family ever since. Family is of utmost importance to Dr. Carere and he and his lovely wife have 3 awesome sons, 2 wonderful daughters-in-law and 6 very sweet grandchildren.
In 1995, Dr. Carere had the honour of being among the first 12 dental surgeons in the country to be accepted into a 1 year residency and trained to surgically place dental implants under the guidance of the world renowned Dr. George Zarb at the University of Toronto.
Passion, pride and a light touch are the words best suited to describe Dr. Carere’s abilities in the dental office. He enjoys working with people of all ages, satisfying all their dental needs, whether they be cosmetic or routine. He is well aware of just how important both a functional and aesthetic smile are to your well being. Dr. Carere is a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons and the Ontario Dental Association, and knows that continuing dental education is an important part of providing the most up to date techniques for his patients.
Dr. Aadil Shamji
DMD, Boston University
Dr. Aadil Shamji was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario. He attended Western University in London, Ontario where he graduated on the Dean’s list with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree. He was then accepted to the Boston University School of Dental Medicine, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2013. After completing his dental degree, Aadil completed an optional 1-year residency program at Western University specializing in hospital based dentistry. Here, he received extensive experience in emergency treatment, caring for the medically compromised and those with special needs, as well as the use of sedation. He holds a certificate in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, is a member of the Ontario Dental Association, the Registered College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Waterloo-Wellington Dental Society as well as the Toronto Crown and Bridge Study Club to keep up to date with the newest techniques and technology.
Aadil married in 2013 to his beautiful wife who he met while attending Western University in 2005. In 2017 they welcomed a baby boy into their family and they could not be happier! When he is not at the office or at home with his family, you can be sure he is either playing or watching sports! His favourites include tennis, squash, golf and hockey. Playing baseball for the City of Waterloo growing up, he earned 2 Ontario Baseball Association Championships. Aside from sports, he has strong aspirations of travelling abroad to establish more sustainable dental care in underserved communities.
While Aadil enjoys practicing a broad range of procedures, he particularly loves working with children. He discovered this passion for children while rotating at a pediatric dental facility in Fort Myers, Florida during his dental education. Aadil is excited to be working at Trillium and looks forward to brightening smiles in his hometown!
Dr. Chelsea SeMi O
University of Toronto
Dr. Chelsea O graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry. She also completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Physiology and Cell & Molecular Biology.
Dr. O has been providing patients with a comprehensive range of treatments including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation and enjoys treating patients of all ages. She feels grateful to be able to help patients achieve a beautiful and healthy smile while also having the ability to make patients feel comfortable in the chair. She strongly believes in life-long learning and keeping up to date with the latest techniques and technologies. Dr. O speaks English and Korean and is excited to be working in the Waterloo area primarily on Saturdays at Trillium.
Dr. Oies Hussein
DDS, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Dr. Oies Hussein grew up in Waterloo, Ontario. He graduated with Honours from The University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s of Science, and went on to Western University to complete his Master’s of Science in Physiology. Thereafter, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Western University. During his dental education, Dr. Hussein was recognized for excellence in dentistry with numerous awards including the Association of Prosthodontists of Ontario Award, the Toronto Crown & Bridge Study Club Award, the 3M Canada Clinical Award in Restorative Dentistry and the Quintessence Award in Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Hussein has also completed additional certification in Invisalign.
In his spare time, Dr. Hussein enjoys exercising, in addition to playing basketball, soccer and golf. Growing up in a large family, including nine nieces and nephews, he also enjoys spending his time with his family and friends whenever possible.
Dr. Hussein is thrilled to be back in his hometown to work in this community. He enjoys practicing all aspects of dentistry, especially cosmetic dentistry and enjoys working with children. Dr. Hussein looks forward to helping patients achieve healthy and confident smiles.
Ellen has been with Trillium Dental since the very beginning. She splits her time between assisting Dr. Shamji and managing the office. She is our resident problem solver and is always a friendly listening ear to our patients. Ellen may be greeting you at the front desk one day, or getting you settled in the dental chair the next. If you have any questions, Ellen is the person to ask. Her expansive knowledge of all areas of the dental office make her an optimal office manager, and a gracious leader of our team.
Laurie has been practicing as a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 30 years. Laurie is also a certified laser technician and can deliver pain-free laser treatments to our patients. Laurie likes to spend her free time outdoors and is a Level II ski instructor. Our patients adore Laurie for her gentle touch, easy-going demeanor and expertise. She attends many continuing education courses which keep her job interesting and exciting.
RDH, Niagara College
Melissa graduated from Niagara College in 2008. She has been an amazing addition to the Trillium team! When Melissa isn't at work brightening smiles, she enjoys the outdoors, travelling and spending time with her puggle! Her easy going personality and attention to detail make for a very smooth and pain-free visit!
RDH, St. Clair College
Michele graduated from St. Clair College in 1997 and has been working as a dental hygienist for 15 years. She first began her career as a dental assistant, where she worked at our office for two and a half years. Michele enjoys working with children and has two of her own. Her caring nature and positive attitude make her a definite asset to the Trillium team. Michele enjoys health and fitness and values continuing education to keep current in the dental field.
Reception, Administration, & Assistants
CDA Level II and Administrative Assistant
Kristina is the newest edition to the Trillium team. She has been working in the dental field for over 10 years. She is a level II dental assistant as well as an efficient and positive administrative assistant. There is no one in the world more organized than Kristina! You will most likely find Kristina greeting you at the front desk but don't be surprised if you see her in the chair! She is a jack of all trades!
CDA Level II and Administrative Assistant
Kendra recently completed her level 2 training in dental assisting and
graduated at the top of her class in 2016 at Medix College. Kendra was born
in Brantford Ontario and now lives in New Hamburg! A local girl from day
one, she loves to golf, read, travel, bowl and hang out with her friends. She's a bubbly personality, loves her job and has been a great addition to the Trillium Team!
Kitchener Waterloo Ontario Cosmetic and Family dentists. Services provided: Whitening/Bleaching, Smile Makeovers, Veneers, Implants, Crowns, Bridges. Dentures, Preventive Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry, Invisalign, Laser therapy and more.