Dr. Izchak Barzilay
Dr. Izchak Barzilay is the founder and CEO of the Build Your Smile Dental Foundation. He is a world-renowned prosthodontist, lecturer, and dental researcher. His research and teaching activities have brought with it accolades and awards from multiple national and international bodies.
In addition to his leadership roles over the years, he is the past president of the American Prosthodontic Society and will be president of the Academy of Prosthodontics in 2024. He has always had a passion for volunteerism and most recently has spent time providing services to the underserved populations at home and abroad.
Education and advancing others in the dental field is very important to Dr. Barzilay, and he has mentored countless people throughout his career. His experiences in Uganda with Bridge to Health Medical and Dental as well as his organizational experiences at home have helped develop his passion for the work that is to come with the Foundation.
When not actively working at home or at one of his multiple teaching assignments, he enjoys skiing and traveling to some of the most extreme locations on the planet.
Dr. Evangelos Rossopoulos
Dr. Evangelos Rossopoulos received his dental degree from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (his hometown), Greece, in 1980. He completed his graduate studies in general dentistry and prosthodontics at the Eastman Institute of Oral Health in Rochester, New York. He is an assistant professor at the Department of Prosthodontics at Eastman Institute of Oral Health, and is a Community-Based Clinical Educator at UCLA.
Dr. Ross is a member of the American and International Colleges of Prosthodontists, President of the American Prosthodontic Society, the American and International College of Dentists, and both the California and American Dental Associations. He is a past President of the Tri-County Dental Society, serves as a Vice President at the Council of the American Prosthodontic Society and a is a member of the California Dental Association Board of managers for Scientific Sessions. Dr. Ross has been involved with dental missions in California as one of the prosthodontic leads for the CDA Cares events and has served and organized several international outreach programs in Sri Lanka and Zambia.
Dr. Ross enjoys watching and playing basketball, listening to music, and singing Greek songs with his guitar. He is passionate about traveling abroad and experiencing different cultures. Dr. Ross will help grow our international outreach capabilities by scouting prospective new locations that are in need of our services.
Dr. Elahe Behrooz
Dr. Elahe Behrooz joins the team bringing with her a wealth and breadth of knowledge and experience that is unparalleled. Having trained as a dentist in Iran and having obtained her MBA from Carleton University when she immigrated to Canada.
Her drive to be a dentist was so strong that she attended the University of Toronto to once again become a licensed dentist and furthered her training to become a prosthodontist. She is a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontists, the American Prosthodontic Society, and the OKU honorary dental society. She has received numerous awards and has authored multiple academic papers.
She enjoys traveling to explore our world, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Behrooz will be directing our clinical missions and overlooking the operations of the clinical teams.
Dr. Carolina Vera
Dr. Carolina Vera joins our team bringing with her The Mexico Project, which she has been running in partnership with the University of North Carolina for the past decade. Dr. Vera graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and has completed fellowships in Prosthetics and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry. Her studies brought her to the United States where she obtained her Masters of Science in Prosthodontics at the University of North Carolina, and shortly thereafter obtained her DDS in the USA and began her academic career in prosthodontics.
As the program lead for The Mexico Project, she has seen the project grow into what it is today. To learn more about The Mexico Project, click here
Dr. Vera is currently working towards her second Masters degree in Sleep Medicine at the Catholic University of Murcia in Spain. She is an advocate for other philanthropic programs developed by the Government of Mexico and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in both North and South Carolina. Dr. Vera’s goal is to continue creating and expanding international programs that provide aid to marginalized communities so that she can reach more people in need.
Mariela’s passions are unparalleled. She loves working with people and helping them foster their development to become the best version of themselves. She has over 30 years of experience in the dental field and has developed herself into an indispensable team member.
Mariela has studied Sales and Marketing at Humber College, is an advisor at George Brown College, and has received her Dental Practice Management Certificate from the University of Toronto. She has received her Human Resources Management certification and is working towards her designation as a Certified Human Resources Professional.
On her personal time she loves spending time with her family and exploring different cultures around the world. Mariela has also volunteered with Bridge To Health – Medical and Dental, North York Harvest Food Bank and provides aid to Toronto’s homeless community. Mariela is responsible for overseeing fundraising and ensuring that the Build Your Smile Dental Foundation’s finances are in order, allowing us to maximize our efforts and help as many people as possible.
Grace Armitage, RDH
Grace received her Dental Assisting Level II Certificate in 2008 and her Dental Hygiene Honours Diploma in 2011, from Niagara College and Algonquin College respectively. She has worked as a Dental Hygienist in both General and Specialty Practices in the GTA since 2011.
Patients enjoy Grace’s upbeat and positive personality, not to mention her gentle and excellent care of our hygiene patients. Don’t be surprised to hear a classic Dad joke from this comedy enthusiast as she treats you back to optimal oral health. Good or bad, we hope you still laugh. On occasion, you might also see her at the front desk. P.A.’s multi-tasking extraordinaire, in her spare time, Grace enjoys traveling around the world and seeking out her next adventure.
Chris Scappatura is the President of Contagious Enthusiasm Inc., a company deeply committed to fostering positive and enduring personal and office development through engaging seminars, cutting-edge online learning portals, and impactful coaching sessions. With an impressive entrepreneurial background spanning over four decades, Chris has spent the last 20 years in executive leadership roles, where he has honed his expertise in designing business management systems centered around the principles of leadership, effective communication, and relationship-building.
Recognizing the need to reach a broader audience, Chris embarked on a journey of conducting enlightening seminars and workshops, sharing invaluable insights to enhance office environments, ultimately elevating the experiences of management, employees, and clients alike.
Embodying his passion for embracing life with contagious enthusiasm, Chris has also developed captivating personal growth topics, including titles such as “Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed?” and “After Me, You Come First.”
In his dynamic and energetic style, Chris ensures that participants not only learn but also find joy and laughter in the process.
Board Of Directors
Moshe Ronen is a Toronto-based lawyer, international business advisor and prominent community leader. Mr. Ronen is Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress. He obtained a degree in political science and economics from York University and a law degree from the University of Windsor.
Moshe has worked closely on public advocacy for Israel with a number of the country’s prime ministers, cabinet ministers and opposition leaders. He also has organized and led missions to Israel with Canadian government (federal, provincial and municipal), business, and labour and ethnocultural community leaders. Mr. Ronen has also collaborated directly with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, in the latter’s ‘Friends of Israel Initiative’ and was a member of that initiative’s ‘London Forum’.
Mr. Ronen is a charismatic public speaker, noted debater and media commentator on Middle East issues and public affairs. In 1996 Moshe was recognized by the Jewish National Fund with its prestigious Jerusalem of Gold Award for his outstanding communal service. Two years later, the Government of Ontario recognized him with a Volunteer Service Award, presented to that province’s most outstanding community leaders. In 2012, Moshe was awarded with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal by Canada’s Governor General.
In early 1999, as President of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Mr. Ronen, a child of Holocaust survivors, together with his father, Mordechai, accompanied Canada’s Prime Minister on an official visit to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. Later, under Mr. Ronen’s leadership, Holocaust memorialization in Canada achieved a major success when each Canadian province officially legislated and recognized Yom Hashoah as the day to remember and educate about the Holocaust.
Moshe has been a member of the Board of Directors of several major charities including schools and North York General Hospital. He served as a director of First Capital Realty Corporation, a growth-oriented publicly traded Canadian real estate developer and holding company with a growing shopping centre portfolio. He is a senior consultant & counsel to the Green family- Greenwin Property Management and Verdiroc Holdings.
Moshe has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Skylink Aviation Group of Companies Inc., which specializes in emergency relief operations for the United Nations and many governments.
Moshe advises several leading Canadian businesspersons and philanthropists including previously Gerald Schwartz, Chairman and CEO of Onex Inc., and Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books and Music Inc. and Issy Asper, the late founder of CanWest Global and subsequently, his son Leonard Asper. He is currently a senior advisor to Mr. Ronald S. Lauder in New York, & special advisor to Leonard Asper in Toronto.
Lars Janson is a medical and dental device executive with proven subject matter expertise in the commercialization of new technologies across the globe. He has spent the bulk of his over 30 year career in commercial leadership roles with two large multinational medical companies: Johnson & Johnson and Biomet. He started his career in 1989 after completing an MBA at the University of Miami specializing in international commercialization.
Over the last 5 years Mr. Janson has leveraged the experience gained with J&J and Biomet to advise multiple emerging medical/dental device companies on commercial strategies and go to market plans that maximize the organization’s unique value proposition as Managing Director at Delta G Ventures, LLC (DGV). DGV is an early stage medical device consulting firm based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Mr. Janson also serves on the Board of Directors for Southern Implants, Dentures Today, and Build Your Smile Foundation. He also participates in several charitable organizations.
Lars and his wife Karen reside in Stuart, FL. They have one daughter, Chloe, attending the University of Southern California and studying cinematic arts.
Ettore Palmeri, MBA, AGDM, B.Ed., BA, is the President of Palmeri Media Group, the largest dental media provider in Canada. PMG offers expertise in print, digital and event solutions to the dental industry, not only in Canada but also in Europe.
Ettore was born in Italy and taught at a high school in Mississauga. He then went on to teach at the English Language Institute at York University, where he was Head-Master for five years before embracing the publishing world on a full-time basis.
Ettore is also an enthusiastic motivational speaker.
Dr. Carlo Ercoli
Dr. Carlo Ercoli is Professor of Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Implant Surgery and Chairman of the Prosthodontic Department at the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health where he also serves as the Director for the Center of Excellence for Digital Dentistry. He graduated from the “Enrico Berlinguer” Dental Technology Institute in Rome in 1987 and obtained his DDS from the University of Siena, Italy in 1993. He specialized in Prosthodontics in 1996 at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York and completed a specialty training in Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Disorders in 1997. In 2012, he achieved specialty certification in Periodontology. In 2019, he obtained his MBA from the Simon Business School of the University of Rochester.
Dr. Ercoli is a Past President of the American Prosthodontic Society, Executive Council Member of the Academy of Prosthodontics, Honorary Member of the Italian Academy of Prosthodontics, Founding Member of the Italian Society of Prosthodontics and Oral Rehabilitation, Education and Research Director of the American College of Prosthodontists, Board Member of the American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation, and Director-Elect of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He served as Executive Council member of The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Scientific Program Chair of the American Prosthodontics Society, American College of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and Academy of Prosthodontics (2024 Program). Dr. Ercoli is a diplomate of the American Boards of Prosthodontics and Periodontology, an ITI Fellow and Chair of the USA ITI East Region, in addition to serving as a Member of the World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions. He holds memberships in the American Academy of Periodontology, American College of Prosthodontists, American Dental Education Association, Academy of Osseointegration, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, American Prosthodontic Society and American Dental Education Association. He lectures nationally and internationally on dental implantology.
Jermaine Clark,Vice President of Operations at Techify Inc. is responsible for championing the development of innovative technologies for clients, and the continued growth and diversification of the company.
In this role he works with the CEO/Presidents of our client organizations to focus on strategic Business development through Techify’s Intelligent Technology process. He provides a clear point of contact for our clients to develop and grow their long-term strategy to foster continued business growth and overall development, though technology strategy and innovation.
Jermaine hires and develops Techify’s intellectual density by recruiting the right people for the right jobs. Which has catapulted change of the culture, growth and success of the company’s operations.
Jermaine meets quarterly with clients to develop working relationships and provide in-depth advice to drive change, productivity and overall improvement for their businesses, through constant review of their environment, business needs and challenges.
Jermaine has worked in project and relationship management for over 17 years and continues to develop his acumen to add value to Techify, Vendor partners and supported clients.
Advisory Board Members
Dr. Parvaneh Bahrami
Dr. Bahrami practices as a periodontist and implant surgeon. She obtained her DDS in Iran and continued her dental education in Canada. As such, she is uniquely positioned to understand the varying cultural requirements of international communities.
Dr. Bahrami initially joined our team as a volunteer, and very quickly knew that she wanted to contribute on a more consistent basis. Her leadership skills and take-charge attitude made her the perfect person to be the general on the ground, organizing daily operations on our international outreach trips.
Not only is she an accomplished dentist and dedicated to giving back, but she is also an accomplished academic and is a clinical instructor at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and International Congress of Implantology.
Ken Serota, DDS, MMSc, graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry in 1973, the recipient of the G.W. Switzer Award for prosthodontic excellence. He received his Certificate in Endodontics and Master of Medical Sciences Degree from the Harvard-Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1981. He was awarded the American Association of Endodontists Memorial Research Award for his study on Nuclear Medicine Diagnosis for Occult Endodontic Pathology. In 1992, he received the Ontario Dental Association Award of Merit for his contribution to continuing education.
In 2000, he founded ROOTS, the first online Endodontic forum, which remains a force in endodontic education to this day, with the ROOTS Summit 2024 planned for Athens, Greece. He is on the faculty of the endodontic training center Next Level Endodontics in Philadelphia. He was a social media contributor for Navident/Claronav and is currently a clinical instructor in the University of Toronto postdoctoral endodontics department.
In 2015, he founded NEXUS, a Facebook forum to manifest an educational connection for all dental disciplines, which currently has a membership of over 32,000. A contributing editor to Endodontic Practice and the Hungarian Dental Association Journal Fogorvosi Szemle, he has published over 70 articles and has lectured internationally on endodontics and implants.
He is an ambassador of the SlowDentistry Foundation founded by Miguel Stanley, the Canadian ambassador of the Digital Dentistry Society of Canada, and the North American representative of the CleanImplant Foundation. He is on the board of the Build Your Smile Dental Foundation, an NGO which has formed partnerships around the globe, from Toronto to Costa Rica, Uganda, and Mexico. He coordinates sponsorship for the foundation and travels to Uganda annually to provide clinical services for districts outside Kampala, to coordinate symposia for dental officers from Uganda and Rwanda and to train the officers in new technologies.
Reefa McDoom has practiced dental hygiene for over thirty years in Toronto, receiving honours at all levels. She haspracticed in general, periodontal, and prosthodontic practices since 1989 and currently divides her time betweenperio and restorative dental hygiene in a Toronto prosthodontic practice. Reefa has lectured to hygienists andrestorative dental hygienists and is passionate about both local and international volunteer and outreach.