About Terry Fox Dental Centre

Terry Fox Dental Centre

Since 2008, Firas, Susan, and their three young children have called Ottawa their home. Their practice, the Terry Fox Dental Centre, is designed as a family-centered clinic, where every effort has been made to combine the latest in dental care technologies with the soothing comforts of home. The practice is also regularly used as a venue for supporting community initiatives. The Terry Fox Dental Centre is a sponsor of minor sports leagues in the Kanata area and a strong supporter of the Kanata Food Cupboard, raising hundreds of pounds of food over the last few years


Our Team

Terry Fox Dental aims to provide individuals with a comfortable and relaxing environment where we strive to exceed your expectations through professional results and our friendly staff.

Dr. Firas Al Khalili 

From a young age, Firas had a strong desire to pursue a career in dentistry. Raised in Ottawa, he later moved to Kingston where he attended Queen’s University and received a Bachelors of Science (Honours) degree. He then went on to complete his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan. Following this, Firas spent a year at Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, completing rotations in Anesthesia, Emergency Room, General Surgery and Medicine as part of a General Practice Residency Program. Before moving to Ottawa, Firas spent 10 years co-founding and managing a successful dental practice in Michigan. During this time, he was also awarded the distinguished title of Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.  In line with his endless desire to learn and to engage in knowledge sharing, Firas also currently serves as a peer reviewer of manuscripts for the Academy of General Dentistry. However, nothing pleases him more than to sit one on one with a patient and to care for them using the best of what he has learned over the years.

Dr. Susan Daftary 

Following in her father’s footsteps, a physician from small-town Indiana, Susan has aspired from a young age to serve her community. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University, and later attended Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry where she completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Subsequently, Susan spent a year at Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, completing rotations in Anesthesia, Emergency Room, General Surgery and Medicine as part of a General Practice Residency Program.  It was here that she met Firas. Before moving to Ottawa, Susan spent the next 10 years as a co-founder and manager of a successful dental practice in Michigan and as the dental director of a retirement centre. Throughout her career, Susan has always found a way to give back to her community, and has continued to do so to this day as a dedicated dental volunteer for The Ottawa Mission.

Stephanie (Office Manager)

Stephanie was born and raised in Ottawa and graduated in 2001 from Algonquin College as a Certified Level 2 Dental Assistant. Stephanie worked as a Dental Assistant for 12 years before joining our office in 2013 as our Receptionist / Treatment Coordinator.  Since than Stephanie has taken on the role as our Office Manager.

Kim (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Kim was born and raised in Sudbury, she moved to British Columbia and attended Vancouver Community College where she graduated as a Dental Assistant in 2002, Kim then went on to study Dental Hygiene and graduated as a registered Hygienist in 2007. She has since moved back to Ottawa and has been a wonderful addition to our team.

Laurie Lachance (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Laurie was raised in Ottawa. After attending George Brown College, Laurie returned to Ottawa and has been practicing as a Dental Hygienist ever since. Laurie joined our office in the Spring of 2015 and is excited to be a part of the Terry Fox Dental Team. 

Sarah (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Sarah was born and raised in Arnprior, Ontario. She attended Algonquin College and graduated as a Level II Dental Assistant in 2005.  After 2 years of working as an assistant, Sarah returned to school at Cambrian College in Sudbury.  She  graduating from the Dental Hygiene program and has been working as a hygienist for the past 8 years.

Liz (Hygiene Coordinator)

Liz will be one of the first people that you will get to know at Terry Fox Dental Centre.  As our hygiene coordinator, she will walk you through your first experiences at our clinic and ensure your hygiene maintenance appointments are structured to your particular needs. Being the newest member of the Terry Fox Dental team, Liz brings with her fourteen years of dental experience.  She looks forward to getting to know all of the wonderful families that we care for at our family friendly practice.

Tia (Level II Chairside Dental Assistant)

Tia graduated from CDI college in Dental Assisting in 2006. She has been assisting for 11 years and loves to work with kids and enjoys teaching them to care for their teeth.