- Meet The Dentists
- Meet The Staff
Dr. R. Todd AppletonDentist
Dr. Neelufer BanaDentist
Dr. Michael LandzbergPeriodontist
Dr. Ryan Margel Endodontist
Welcome to our website! I thought I would tell you little bit about myself. I grew up in the Beach area of Toronto although my university education took me to London Ontario where I attended the University of Western Ontario. After receiving my BSc in Physics in 1993, I was thrilled to be accepted to the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario.
People sometimes ask me why I wanted to become a dentist. I’ve wanted to become one as long as I can remember – there is even proof of this in my Grade 8 creative writing journals. After I underwent orthodontics as a teen, I could see how my smile and more importantly my confidence improved – I wanted to do the same for others. It was somewhat fitting that when I graduated in 1997, I was given the American Academy of Orthodontics award. I left London and moved to Whitby in 1997 and I was pleased to join this dental practice, which has been a fixture on Whitby’s main street since 1967 when it was opened by Dr. Nicholas V. Baker who retired in 2003.
In 2009, our office expanded again when we merged with Dr. Debra Shoniker’s dental office that was located right next door in the same building. After a few weeks of renovations, it was exciting to see the wall no longer there between the two offices. I enjoy serving Whitby’s community and keep up to date with the latest advances in Dentistry techniques. I regularly attend continuing education courses to upgrade my knowledge and skills. Some courses I have taken recently include Orthodontics, Invisalign, Implants and Advances in Esthetic Dentistry.
In my free time, I enjoy music and acting. I have played the trumpet with the Pickering Concert Band and I am involved with various Community Theatre groups in the Durham Region and Scarborough. In fact – I have won a few “Thea” awards over the past few years for my acting and singing in musicals. It has been fun to hear that patients in the audience have been watching me act onstage thinking “that guy looks familiar – hey wait! That’s my dentist!!!”
I look forward to supporting the Whitby community for many more years to come by supplying high quality dental services using state-of-the-art dental techniques. We like to think of our dental office as having a small town atmosphere with all the modern amenities. I encourage you to visit us to experience this for yourself.
Dr. R. Todd Appleton
Dr. Bana joined us in the spring of 2012. Dr. Bana enjoys working with her patients to help achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Dr. Bana earned her Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University. She continued her studies and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Bana enjoys many aspects of dentistry including restorative treatment, crown and bridge work, Invisalign, extractions and root canal treatment. Dr. Bana is an avid believer in ongoing continuing education and has completed many certified courses in all aspects of dentistry. She is an active member of multiple professional affiliations. In her spare time, Dr. Bana enjoys spending time with friends and family, good food, travelling and riding her bike. Dr. Bana grew up in Whitby, and is excited to start giving back to the community. She is looking forward to meeting you and taking care of all your dental needs.
Dr. Landzberg trained in dentistry at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2005, after which he completed a general practice residency at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He completed post-graduate periodontal training at the University of Toronto in 2009 Dr. Landzberg maintains a strong research interest – he has published articles on implant esthetics and a new narrow implant, he is currently working on a long term multi-centre randomized control trial on narrow implants and he was a guest speaker at the Osteogenics 2011 Global Bone Grafting Symposium. Dr. Landzberg joined the practice in 2013 as the in-office Periodontist.
Dr. Ryan Margel, DMD, MS, FRCD(C) is our Endodontist who specializes in root canals. Originally from Toronto, he graduated with distinction from York University with a major in Mathematics. In 2009, Dr. Margel obtained his dental degree from The University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to work as a general dentist for two years prior to embarking on a two-year specialty program at Marquette University in Endodontics. His Masters’ thesis investigated the anatomical complexities of molar root canals. Dr. Margel is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a member of The American Association of Endodontists. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, exercise, and traveling.
I graduated from Durham College as a Preventative Dental Assistant in 1997 and have been working with Dr. Appleton ever since. My main position in the practice is the Office Administrator, but I also enjoy working with children and assisting the dentists. I have thoroughly enjoyed my years at the office!
My role as part of the Dr. R. Todd Appleton & Associates Team is the Treatment Co-ordinator. I was originally trained as a Certified Dental Assistant at St. Clair College in Windsor. After working for several years as an Assistant I was offered a position at one of the insurance companies in the Dental Claims department where I was able to learn more about how your dental claims and estimates are processed. I was hired by Dr. Appleton in 2004 and my role as part of the team is to discuss the Dentist’s recommended treatment plan with you, simplify your insurance coverage benefits and if necessary, prepare a financial plan that best suits your needs.
Good day! After graduating from the Durham College Dental Administration Program in 2007, I began my dental career with our former neighbour next door. I was thrilled to join Dr. Appleton’s Dental Team in 2010 once the dental offices merged. I am very fortunate to work with such a caring, personable and professional team. I always look forward to welcoming you to our office and assisting you with any concerns regarding appointments, billing and insurance.
I graduated from the Toronto School of Business in 1998 as a Certified Dental Assistant. I was originally hired by Dr. Appleton to cover a maternity leave but was thrilled to be hired on full-time – I have been at the office since 2001! I am very proud to be part of such a great team.
I look forward to meeting with you!