Dr. Jennifer Lai is passionate about dentistry. She moved to Toronto at age 16 to pursue her dream of becoming a dentist. Of course this dream does not come from nowhere. Dr. Jennifer grew up in a dental office alongside her mother and grandfather who were both dentists. You can say dentistry is not only a passion for her, but it is in her blood.
Dr. Jennifer Lai received early acceptance into the prestigious University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry in 2004 as a result of her high achievement in the biochemistry undergraduate program in U of T St George Campus. After receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2008, Dr. Jennifer has continued to further her education by taking numerous post graduate continuing education courses. Now in her tenth year of practice, she is a certified Invisalign provider, also providing the traditional wire and brackets orthodontic treatment (Braces) when necessary. Dr. Jennifer has also been trained by some of the best post graduate dental educators in the world, including Misch Implant Institute and the Kois Centre, where Dr. Natalie Wong and Dr. John Kois have become personal mentors. Dr. Jennifer has been practicing Dentistry since graduating in 2008 and has treated tens of thousands of happy patients in Toronto!
Dr. Jennifer believes that every patient is unique and different in their own ways. Therefore, we should provide comprehensive individualized dental care according to each patient’s unique needs. Open communication is another vital component for optimum outcomes and ultimate treatment success. Without understanding each patient’s wants and ultimate goals, we cannot deliver the satisfaction we try to achieve. Dr. Jennifer prides herself on being a great communicator and she strives to achieve the best quality care by listening carefully to her patients. At the same time Dr. Jennifer will personally educate each patient in the specific treatment and the overall value and importance of dental health as an integral component of our overall health. Dr. Jennifer cares not only about dentistry, but more importantly she cares about how to ensure her patients are healthy, happy, comfortable, and being well taken care of.
Dr. Jennifer is also an active member of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), and International Association of Orthodontics (IAO).
Dr. Jennifer has lived in the core of downtown Toronto neighbourhood since 1999. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan and their two wonderful boys Braedon and Blake.
We are so proud to announce that Dr. Jennifer Lai is a graduate from the prestigious Kois Institute. The Kois Institute is recognized internationally as the pre-eminent forum for Practicing Dentists to further develop their dental knowledge, abilities, techniques in a manner superior to all other Dental Continuing Education. Read more...
Dr. Song is a board-certified general dentist and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Song was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Society, offered to the top 10% of the graduating class for excellence in scholarship and exemplary traits of character.
Dr. Song is a current member of Ontario Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association and excels in all aspects of general dentistry including wisdom teeth removal and missing tooth replacement through the use of dental implants.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Song enjoys outdoor sports including hiking, biking and dance.
Kara has been in the dental industry for nearly 14 years graduating as a Certified Level II Dental Assistant in 2005. She has been working in offices around South Western Ontario and brings a wealth of knowledge clinically and administratively. She has a particular interest in the orthodontic field. If you're in Invisalign treatment within the office, you likely would have seen her! If you have any questions regarding Invisalign treatment, she's your girl!
Kara has a positive sincere attitude and is always a pleasure to talk with. She is very happy to be apart of the City Oasis Dental Team. When Kara has free time she enjoys spending it at her cottage close to Port Stanley, lounging in the sun or getting cozy by the fire.
Shannon is a local Toronto girl, born and raised in the city. Shannon is a proud mother of 4 and when she is not spending time with her kids, she is out and about in the City walking her dog or enjoying some of the local activities or restaurants. Shannon is highly experienced as a Clinical Dental Assistant. She is Dr. Jens primary Assistant and is usually always working “hand in glove” alongside Dr. Jen at Oasis. Shannon is an excellent communicator and a genuinely a compassionate person. She has exceptional dental experience having worked alongside some of Toronto’s most prominent Dentists as well as with the University of Toronto over her 15+ years of professional experience. We are very fortunate to have Shannon on the Oasis team!
Tina brings over 7 years of experience as a Dental Assistant to City Oasis. While Tina worked for City Oasis mid-way through 2019, she joined our team full time when we returned to work following the Pandemic shut down. Together with Shannon, Tina’s focus is assisting Dr. Jen, ensuring sterilizations requirements are met, and generally just making sure the office runs smoothly and on appointments are on time. Tina lives downtown near City Oasis with her husband and two young children. She is always very pleasant and has a cool and calm demeanor. In her spare time Tina enjoys spending time with her children, as well as taking advantage of the many amenities Toronto has to offer.
One of our most recent additions to the City Oasis Dental Team is Adrienne Porskamp. This bright star has 7 years experience at various dental offices across the GTA.
She grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia and received a Bachelor of Science from Mt. Allison University in 2006. After years of travelling to Toronto as a tourist, Adrienne decided that she wanted to call this city home. Furthering her education was always the plan and in 2009 she decided to enroll in George Brown’s Dental Hygiene program. In 2011 she graduated and moved immediately into the field.
Adrienne is passionate about dental hygiene and enjoys educating her patients on the latest techniques and products to improve their oral health. She takes pride in her ability to put patients at ease and is able to perform a thorough cleaning with a gentle touch.
Nothing makes her happier than seeing her patients achieve their oral hygiene goals and become excited about going to the dentist.
We are thrilled to have her on board with our City Oasis Dental family!
Monica began her career in dentistry as a dental assistant and then graduated with honours as Dental Hygienist in 2009 from Canadore college in North Bay. Now with over 10 years of experience working in various clinics in Toronto, she is happy to bring her clinical experience to city oasis.
"What's most important to me is developing personal connections with my patients - it makes my work meaningful."
Her competent technical skills reflect her strong attention to detail. This combined with her friendly disposition enables her to provide patients with the best overall experience possible at City Oasis.
Keeping current with evolving trends and her keen interest of natural and homeopathic remedies being implemented in dentistry are also topics she likes to incorporate into her appointments.
Monica grew up in northern Ontario and likes to escape the city when she can. She loves to travel, talk restaurants in the city and is an art enthusiast.
Alyssa was born in Newfoundland and Labrador and completed the Dental Hygiene program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2011. In 2015 she made Toronto her home and enjoys the energy of the busy city and exploring all that it has to offer.
Alyssa’s patient and gentle nature ensures that clients will have a comfortable and relaxing dental experience. She believes in individualized oral hygiene instruction and clinical care as everybody’s needs vary. She is passionate about Dental Hygiene because it is a growing field where there are always new things to learn and in turn educate. She believes in the importance of oral hygiene education as oral health promotes overall health and well-being.
She has positive attitude and outgoing personality and is very excited to be a part of the City Oasis Dental team!
Ryan has a strong understanding of dentistry and dental services having worked in the dental industry for the past 5 years. He worked from 2011-2016 as a Manager with DENTSPLY Canada, the largest dental manufacturer in the world.
Ryan studied Business and Science at the University of Toronto and graduated in 2005.
We are happy to announce the addition of Cathy Acheson to our growing team at City Oasis Dental.
Cathy is a RN who graduated from Ryerson University and holds current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. She is a current holder of Advanced Certification Life Support, (ACLS)-provider certification.
After graduation she began her career as a dental nurse in an endodontics practice in Toronto and from there moved on to a busy oral maxillofacial surgery clinic where she worked for 25+ years as a surgical and recovery room nurse. The clinic was known for pain free wisdom tooth extractions with various forms of sedation.
Cathy advanced her career leaving Dentistry and going on to work at a well-established Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, primarily focusing her expertise on Cosmetic Laser procedures. She posses’ certifications with over 15 various types of medical lasers including; Diode, CO2, Erbium, Thulium, Fraxel, Alex, Thermage, and many more. Cathy has treated 100’s of patients, 1000’s of treatments on conditions such as: Acne Scars, Facial Veins, Hair Removal, Pigmentation, Rosacea, Sun and Age Spots, Tattoo and Wrinkle Removal.
Over the past 14 years she has also gained great experience injecting Botox for both cosmetic use (lip lines, frown, crowsfeet , gummy smile lines, oral commissures) as well as therapeutic use which includes TMD, Migraine, Hyperhidrosis.