Our Professional Dental Team


Dr. Avi Shelemay


Medical Anesthesiologist

Dr. Ben Sohmer


Clinical & Administrative Team

Includes Dental Hygenists, Assistants and Administration.




Dr. Avi Shelemay

Dr. Avi Shelemay opened Capital Periodontics in Barrhaven in November of 2008. In addition to running his practice, Dr. Shelemay is currently a Clinical Instructor at the University of Toronto School of Dentistry.  At U of T, Dr. Shelemay works with the Periodontal graduate residents.  He teaches periodontal surgery including gum grafts, and the placement of dental implants.  He also co-runs LITE (Live Implant Training and Education) which offers hands on training to general dentists. Before moving to Ottawa, Dr. Shelemay was an Assistant Professor (part-time) with the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto and staff periodontist at Mount Sinai Hospital. He also maintained a private practice limited to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Toronto. Dr. Shelemay is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Periodontology. He obtained his DDS from the University of Toronto in 1996, and subsequently completed a one year internship at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Shelemay completed his Master of Science degree and specialty training in Periodontology at the University of Toronto in 2002. His research focused on osseointegration and how implant surface features regulate optimal healing and maintenance of soft and hard tissue levels around dental implants.

Dr. Shelemay and his wife Elisa have two daughters, Leetal and Michaela.  He enjoys spending time with his family and their adorable puppy.  Dr. Shelemay recently earned his pilot’s license and when the Ottawa weather cooperates he loves to fly!  Dr Shelemay is fluent in English, Hebrew and Italian.

Dr. Avi Shemelay's Full Profile

University of Toronto, Toronto,  MSc (Periodontology) degree, Graduated 2002.

Mounts Sinai Hospital, Toronto, General practice residency, (July 1996-June 1997).

University of Toronto, Toronto, D.D.S. degree, Graduated 1996.

Associations & Scholarships

Ontario Dental Association councilor (2010-Present)

Ottawa Dental Society council (2008-Present)

Alpha Omega, Toronto chapter council (2004-2006)

University of Toronto Open Scholarship (2001)

University of Toronto Open Scholarship (2000)

Alpha Omega Foundation Research Grant (2000)

Ottawa Dental Society council (2008-Present)

Alpha Omega, Toronto chapter council (2004-2006)

University of Toronto Open Scholarship (2001)

University of Toronto Open Scholarship (2000)

Alpha Omega Foundation Research Grant (2000)

Continuing Education


2016, 2015, 2011,  Osteogrenics 2011 Global Bone Grafting Symposium

2010  Advanced Bone Grafting & Sinus Augmentation Techniques for the Dental Professional, Kingston, Ontario

2011, Pacific Dental Conference

Professional Presentations and Publications

Lecturer: Capital Periodontics Implant mentorship (2009-10) and Dental Hygienist Lecture Series (2010-Present)

Publication: Recall, Maintenance and Complications in Implant Patients. Shelemay, A: Ontario Dentist 2006(5): 31-34.

Co-lecturer, Implant potpourri. Toronto Implant Study Club. Toronto, March 24, 2006.

Lecturer: Noble Biocare Implant mentorship (2005-2006)

Publication: Is There A Link Between Periodontitis and Cardiovascular Disease?  H. C. Tenenbaum, Jim Yuan Lai, Avi Shelemay, Michael B. Goldberg. PEAK Article, Dispatch Summer 2005.

Publication: Management of soft tissue deformities around implants placed in the aesthetic zone. Shelemay A : Journal of the Canadian Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 2004 (1): 31.

Lecturer, Ontario Dental Nurses and Assistants Association meeting. Topic: Treatment planning for dental implants. Toronto, February 18, 2004.

Lecturer, Endopore dental implant system course.  Topic: Ridge preservation following tooth extraction. Toronto, October 31, 2003.

Poster presentation, American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) conference, San Francisco, September 20-24, 2003.

Publication: Alveolar Ridge-Splitting: A New Microsaw Technique, Jong-Jin Suh, Avi Shelemay, Seong-Ho Choi and Jung-Kui Chai.  Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 25(2):16-71 (2005).

Poster presentation, American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) conference, New Orleans, September 24-28, 2002.

Publication: The Effects of Etidronate (HEBP) on Osseointegration of Sintered Porous-Surfaced Implants in Rabbit Femur. Master of Science thesis, 2002.

Publication: Bisphosphonates and Periodontics – Potential Applications for Regulation of Bone Mass in the Periodontium and Other Therapeutic/Diagnostic Uses. Tenenbaum HC, Shelemay A, Girard B, Zohar R, Fritz PC. The Journal of Periodontology. 2002; 73(7): 813-822.

Poster presentation, Challenges in Regenerative Medicine (ChaRM) conference, Toronto, June 12-13, 2002.

Poster presentation, University of Toronto, faculty of dentistry-research day, February 26, 2002.

Lecturer, International Dental Student Conference/COLLOQUE (IDSC), Toronto, January 19, 2002.

Poster presentation, International Association for Dental Research (IADR) conference, Chicago, March 7-10, 2001

Publication: Electron-Deficient Carbocations. Direct Observation of α-Carbonylmethyl Cations by Laser Flash Photolysis. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 1993; 115: 1664-9.

Our Sedation Team

Dr. Ben Sohmer

Dr. Ben Sohmer is an Anesthesiologist and Fellowship Coordinator in the Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.   He also works as an Associate Professor in the Division of Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Sohmer completed a BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University in Montreal in 1996. In 2000, he earned his MD from Dalhousie University in Halifax. In 2005, he went on to gain certification as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) in Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa.  He completed a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ben is married to Ali and they have two young sons Jonah and Micah. Dr. Sohmer is fluent in English and French. We welcome you to read more about Dr. Sohmer on the Ottawa Heart Institute website.

Our Dental Team


Melissa – Office Manager

Melissa joined the Capital Periodontics team January 2022 with over 17 years experience in the dental field. Melissa graduated from the Algonquin College Dental Assisting program in 2005 and has enjoyed a career in the field ever since. Melissa is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the office as well as the development of relationships with our referring dentists.  When not in the office, Melissa spends her time at the gym, on the field playing competitive ultimate frisbee or with her labradoodle Dez.

Shauna – Patient Coordinator

As Patient Coordinator, Shauna is responsible for booking new patient consultations and hygiene appointments. Shauna has a strong administrative background and this is her first job in the dental industry. She is an incredibly fast learner and has learned the inside outs of dental insurance in no time!

Shauna is an avid cook and baker and often treats for the team! She lives in Barrhaven with her husband and her beautiful baby girl.

Christine – Dental Assistant

Christine LaRose was Dr. Shelemay’s first Dental Assistant at Capital Periodontics in 2008!  Ten years, and two kids later, Christine returned to our practice in April of 2018 and we are thrilled to have her! Her main role is as Dental Assistant, and she helps out in the front as well.  Christine has 10 years of dental experience in both general and surgical and is very comfortable answering any questions you may have.

Christine lives in Barrhaven with her husband and 2 boys. When Christine is not in the office she is spending time with her family. Christine loves all aspects of photography and always has her camera in her hand! (We have her to thank for most of the staff pictures.)

Erica  – Dental Assistant

Erica has been with Capital Periodontics since 2012 (with a short hiatus in between).  Erica graduated from Dental Assisting in 2008 with Honours. She has been a dental assistant since that time, and most in a specialty office. She has a passion for surgery and loves assisting chair side.

Erica lives in Kemptville with her husband Joe and she is currently on maternity leave enjoying time with her son.

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