Meet Our Dentists
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 traveled 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 traveled 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 traveled 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 under served 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. 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.
Dr. Rifaan Lalji
Dr. Rifaan Lalji was raised in London, Ontario. He attended McMaster University where he completed his Bachelor of Health Sciences, graduating Sum-ma Cum Laude. He then attended Western University where he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. During his dental education Dr. Lalji was recognized for his excellence is Restorative Dentistry, receiving the Canadian Academy of Operative Dentistry award.
In his spare time when Dr. Lalji is not in the dental clinic, he can be found cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing golf and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Lalji enjoys connecting with his patients, creating an environment where they feel comfortable asking questions to understand the various procedures and treatment options. He is excited to continue providing excellent dental care and ensuring patients have access to the latest technologies and procedures by expanding his dental knowledge through Continuing Education courses. Dr. Lalji is excited to work alongside the talented Trillium Dental team to provide patients with excellent oral health and exceptional patient service.
Dr. Kim Beaucage
DDS, PhD, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Western University
Born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, Dr Kim Beaucage completed her Honours Bachelor of Science with a Minor in Biology undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo. She went on to pursue graduate studies at Western University (formerly the University of Western Ontario), where she completed a PhD in Physiology with a Specialization in Musculoskeletal Health Research specifically focused diseases of bone and metabolism. Dr Beaucage was selected for enrollment in the Schulich Dental Clinician-Scientist (DCS) program – a unique program consisting of a PhD in an area of research relevant to dentistry followed by a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at Western University. During her DDS, Dr Beaucage participated in the Dentistry Summer Research Program to remain involved with research focused on arthritis related diseases.
Dr Beaucage’s work has been recognized with numerous scholarships and awards, has contributed to funding of research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and The Arthritis Society, and has been published in top-tier peer-reviewed scientific journals within her field. She has been invited to present her work nationally and internationally. Most recently, Dr Beaucage was awarded the Quintessence Research Award of Distinction for exemplary research in an undergraduate dental program, and the Quintessence Award in Restorative Dentistry for excellence in the clinical aspects of Operative Dentistry from Western University.
In her time at Western, Dr Beaucage co-created and was co-chancellor of a dental research group for students as well as a research group for musculoskeletal health research trainees. She enjoyed volunteering in community outreach programs such as Dental Outreach Community Service (DOCS), DOCS Kids and Sharing Smiles Day, programs that teach children and adults, as well as persons with special needs how to attain good oral hygiene, as well as providing dental care to those in need.
In her spare time, Dr Beaucage enjoys travel, fitness, outdoor activities such as hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She continues to be active in research and will soon be teaching at Western University in the upcoming academic year in Dentistry and Physiology.
Dr Beaucage is delighted to provide dental care at Trillium Dental Centre in her hometown. Recently, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has recognized Dr Beaucage by featuring her in an article that tells the story of her return to Trillium found here. A scientist at heart, she strongly believes in keeping up to date with the latest scientific literature in the field, practicing scientific evidence-based dentistry and continuing to be a life-long learner. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and is looking forward to helping patients achieve excellent oral health, contributing to their total health and well-being.