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THE WESTSIDE ADVANTAGE
We’re a Dentist’s best friend (and your patient’s too). We believe in going the extra mile when it comes to service and with our extensive training, we truly understand the best methods for preserving natural teeth. Having Westside as a partner, as your Calgary Root Canal and Implant Placement Specialists, will allow for the successful treatment of more challenging endodontic cases and areas where placement of dental implants may require bone augmentation procedures or a sinus lift. Think of our office as an extension of your dental office. We’ll work with you to do everything possible to preserve your client’s natural teeth.
Dr. Shannon Davis
DMD, MBA, MSc, FRCD(c)
Dr. Davis loves to see people smile. Prior to commencing graduate studies at UBC, Dr. Davis worked as a general dentist in Calgary and the area for over a decade. She owned her own practice in downtown Calgary and then after the birth of her daughter, practiced as an associate dentist.
A proud Calgarian and active community volunteer, Shannon has served as a board member for non-profit organizations including the Calgary & District Dental Society where she served as president in 2020-2021.
In her spare time, Dr. Davis enjoys golfing, hiking and downhill skiing with her husband and daughter. She also loves to travel and has done volunteer dentistry in Jamaica and Honduras.
Dr. Nahal Vessal
DMD, MScD, FRCD(c)
Dr. Vessal obtained her license in Endodontics at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. She is passionate about her work and strives to do her best to make the patients comfortable during and after root canal treatments.
Dr. Vessal continues to advance her knowledge in Endodontics by attending continuing education courses in order to stay updated with newer technology and advancements in the field. She speaks two languages, English and Farsi. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and hiking, and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Iain Gibson
Dr. Gibson was born and raised in Calgary. He completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the University of Alberta. After graduating, he pursued his interest in periodontics and completed the Masters of Periodontics program at Dalhousie University. During his intensive three-year residency he trained comprehensively in periodontal plastic surgery, dental implant surgery, and the diagnosis and treatment of oral, periodontal, and peri-implant pathology.
Following his residency, Dr. Gibson returned to his hometown of Calgary where he is an active member of the dental community. He regularly puts on lectures and shares his knowledge of implant dentistry and periodontics with general dentists.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Gibson spends most of his time with his wife chasing around their young son. He enjoys anything outdoors and tries to play tennis as much as possible in the summer.
Our logo symbolizes what Dr. Davis does and who she is. If you look at our logo from afar, you can see the outline of a tooth and on the inside is a form of Haida Gwaii First Nations art. Dr. Davis is First Nations and has had the opportunity to perform dental treatment for the Haida Gwaii First Nation while completing her Endodontic specialty at UBC. The owl also symbolizes wisdom and insight, which is what we count on to treat challenging teeth.
Westside Endodontics was originally opened out of a colleague’s practice, which was located on the WEST side of Calgary. The plan was to build a practice in a nearby location but due to the flood in 2013 many of the sites initially found in the west were no longer available. Our current location offers accessible, free patient parking, is wheelchair accessible, and best of all easy to find. We just couldn’t bear to part with our name and logo, so we have decided to keep it despite the contradiction.