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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Farida Saher

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Farida Saher is a proud born-and-raised Albertan. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2007. She then completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Alberta Hospital. Dr. Saher settled in Calgary after gaining her Pediatric Dentistry Specialty Training in Boston.

Over the years, she has developed more and more of a passion and aptitude for treating children with anxiety and patients of all ages with special needs. Making both patients and parents feel comfortable is Dr. Saher’s main goal.

When she is not working, Dr. Saher loves to travel. She has travelled to Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Haiti and Peru with the dental charity Kindness in Action to provide dental care to children in remote, under-served and under-privileged areas.

Dr. Leonard Smith

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Smith began his pediatric dental Practice in 1972. He was the first formally trained pediatric dentist in Calgary and has maintained Dental Care for Children since that time. His passion for children is evident when you see him interacting with his patients and their families. He has dedicated over half his life focusing on the care and promoting health for all children.

He has held numerous positions in various organizations during his career:
Head of the Dental Department at Alberta Children’s Hospital; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine University of Calgary; President the Society for Dentistry For the Handicapped; Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada; Life Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; Member of Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Life Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry; Founder and President of the Society for A Healthy Mouth – Healthy Child (Alberta); Founder and President of the Foundation for A Healthy Mouth -Healthy Child (USA).

He has been married to his wife Hilda for 44 years and has two grown daughters and two grandsons.

Dr. Carmen Cymbalisty

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Carmen Cymbalisty has had the pleasure of working as a general dentist for the past decade. She graduated from the University of Manitoba as a Doctor of Medical Dentistry. She then went on to New York University College of Dentistry in New York, New York, where she completed two-years of intense specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry and Special Needs.

Half of her career was spent in the public sector, working for the Government of Canada providing dental services for First Nations people in remote communities of northern Manitoba. The other half of her career has been in the private sector in Manitoba as well as Grande Prairie, Alberta. She worked as both an associate and owned her own general practice.

Dr. Cymbalisty has worked with many patients with extreme dental fears. Her easy-going, cheerful nature lends itself perfectly to these unique patients, and having a gentle demeanor, a careful hand, and most importantly, empathy, has helped her win over many patients with dental phobias.

Her personal interests include enjoying time with her husband, weight training, exercising and perhaps one day returning to Figure Competitions. She’s a real foodie and is very excited about experiencing many of the fine restaurants in Calgary.

Here’s why our patients recommend us

“I brought my son in to see Dr. Saher and staff. They were absolutely amazing! He has a fear of needles (as do most children), and he didn’t even realize she gave him the needle. Had four teeth extracted and a filling, and he was on his way to school. Was never in any discomfort and was very happy with his visit! Thank you”