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Meet the Team

OUR FOUNDERS

  • Alain Sabbah
    Alain Sabbah
    Founder, Co-CEO
  • Jeremy D. Behar
    Jeremy D. Behar
    Founder, Co-CEO
  • Lyle Schumacher
    Lyle Schumacher
    Alberta
  • Dr. Dennis Fair
    Dr. Dennis Fair
    Alberta
  • Dr. Harbuksh Sekhon
    Dr. Harbuksh Sekhon
    Alberta
  • Dr. Tracey Ruddick
    Dr. Tracey Ruddick
    Alberta
  • Dr. James Dessouki
    Dr. James Dessouki
    Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Jay Stevens
    Dr. Jay Stevens
    Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Don Santos
    Dr. Don Santos
    Manitoba
  • Dr. Brant Toy
    Dr. Brant Toy
    Manitoba
Alain Sabbah
Founder, Co-CEO

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Alain is responsible for leading the development and implementation of CDS’ overall strategy, with a particular focus on superior oral care and providing an unparalleled patient experience. Alain manages all aspects of the operational infrastructure in order to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of the business, and leads all business development efforts.

Commencing his business career as an entrepreneur over 20 years ago, he gained extensive experience in sales and marketing, business operations, strategy and execution. He then moved to a corporate environment, completing his tenure acting as the Country Manager and Vice President for a billion dollar US-based consulting organization, leading all aspects of the Canadian business (a $300 million business with regional offices across Canada).

Alain joined the commercial real estate and healthcare firm Cirrus Consulting Group as a partner in 2011. Alain led all sales, marketing, consulting and operations activities resulting in 4 x growth over 4 years, expanding the company’s footprint to serve the dental community across North America. With an incredibly acute understanding of the Canadian dental landscape, he acts as an industry leader and key resource on business matters pertaining to dentistry in Canada.

Jeremy D. Behar
Founder, Co-CEO

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Jeremy oversees corporate direction and strategy for Canadian Dental Services, including all financial, legal, and asset management functions within the business. Jeremy possesses a strong entrepreneurial spirit, company-building insight, and superior technical knowledge of the dental business, having spent over 20 years leading change and improvement in the dental industry in both Canada and the United States.

As a recognized leader, speaker and author within the dental industry, Jeremy has positioned Cirrus Consulting Group – the industry’s preeminent commercial real estate advisory firm – into its long standing dominant growth and leadership position.

Jeremy has seen firsthand how the dental industry has evolved over the past 2 decades, and is dedicated to further shifting the industry in Canada to better support and alleviate dentists from the management burdens of running a successful practice. The entire CDS organization exists with a singular primary focus: to enable dentists to be dentists, focused solely on providing high quality clinical services to patients.

Lyle Schumacher
Alberta

Lyle Schumacher

Lyle Schumacher, B.Sc. Eng., MBA

Lyle Schumacher has over 20 years of experience in management and operational leadership of dental practices. Lyle has successfully built, grown and sold several dental clinics in the Alberta market. Lyle will play a key role in CDS’ business management strategy, patient experience process, and implementation strategy. A hands-on leader, Lyle has developed an incredible passion for the dental industry.

Lyle has been married to Dr. Tracey Ruddick for over 25 years.

Dr. Dennis Fair
Alberta

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Dr. Dennis Fair, B.Sc., D.D.S.

As Chief Clinical Officer of CDS, Dr. Dennis Fair leads overall responsibility for clinical standards and care, and is instrumental in designing clinical process and standards.

Dr. Fair graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. and D.D.S. degree in 1982.  After gaining some measure of experience in most aspects of general dentistry, he began a journey to focus his practice to more specialized areas of the profession. Since 1986, sedation dentistry has been a growing part of his practice, facilitating procedures involving more complex restorative and reconstructive therapies, including the area of implant dentistry. In 1988, Dr. Fair completed his first surgical and restorative course in implants with Core-Vent in Dallas, Texas. Since then, he has attended numerous dental courses and seminars focusing on many fields related to implant dentistry.

In 1995, he attended the Branemark Clinic in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he had the privilege to train under some of the original masters of the science and research that had emerged from Europe some years previous. Dr. Fair has completed all the course requirements and is a graduate of the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington; he is presently working on gaining Mentorship qualification there. Dr. Fair continues to develop his knowledge and skills through many hours of continuing education in dentistry, and has become a high-end provider of implant and more complex restorative dentistry.

Dr. Harbuksh Sekhon
Alberta

Dr. Harbuksh Sekhon

Dr. Harbuksh Sekhon, B.Sc., (Specialization in Microbiology), M.Sc., Immunology, DMD

Dr. Harbuksh Sekhon completed his undergraduate (1993) and post graduate (1998) studies at the University of Alberta. Dr. Sekhon completed his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry in 2003 at the University of Manitoba. Harbuksh is a native of Edmonton, and has successfully built and managed Gallery Dental, one of Edmonton’s preeminent general dental practices.

Harbuksh decided to become a dentist after receiving his graduate degree in immunology. Dentistry has become not just his career, but his passion. Dr. Sekhon completes up to 300 hours of continuing education in dentistry a year in a wide range of dental services like dental implantology, periodontics, and orthodontics. Dr. Sekhon will play an integral role ensuring CDS’ clinical standards are unmatched in the industry.

Dr. Sekhon has completed all the course requirements and is a graduate of the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington; he is presently working on gaining “Certified Instructor” status. Further, he will advise on Continuing Educational matters, and provide thought leadership for our dental partners.

Dr. Sekhon is married.

Dr. Tracey Ruddick
Alberta

Dr. Tracey Ruddick

Dr. Tracey Ruddick, B.Sc., DDS

Dr. Tracey Ruddick graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1990 from the University of Alberta. Dr. Ruddick has been practicing in the community of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta for over 25 years as a general dentist. Dr. Ruddick enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, and loves getting to know her patients. She is proud to work with a passionate team to provide restorative and preventive treatments to help her patients achieve long term dental health. Dr. Ruddick is very focused on training, mentorship and clinical guidance, and will play a key role in CDS’ acquisition and growth strategy, clinical mentorship programs and overall clinical process design.

Tracey is married with 3 children.

Dr. James Dessouki
Saskatchewan

Dr. James Dessouki

Dr. James Dessouki, B.Sc., Advanced Certificate in Anatomy, DMD

Dr. James Dessouki graduated with honors in 2004 from the University of Saskatchewan, with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. Dr. Dessouki has successfully built and grown several practices in Saskatchewan. With a focus on comprehensive dentistry, James’ practice philosophy has always been to put the patients’ needs first. A native of Saskatchewan, he will advise CDS on clinical matters and play an integral role in the development of the local market strategy.

Dr. Dessouki is married and has 2 children.

Dr. Jay Stevens
Saskatchewan

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Dr. Jay Stevens, B.Sc., DMD

Dr. Jay Stevens graduated in 2000 from the University of Saskatchewan, with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry in 2004. Dr. Stevens has immersed himself in continuing education and has a passion for learning and mentoring. His focus has been to practice comprehensive dentistry including aesthetics. A native of Saskatchewan, Dr. Stevens will advise CDS on clinical matters and play an integral role in the development of the local market strategy.

Dr. Stevens is married and has 2 children.

Dr. Don Santos
Manitoba

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Dr. Don Santos, DMD., B.Sc.

Dr. Don Santos is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (2004), with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. Dr. Santos has been a partner at Garden City Dental Centre since 2008. The fourteen-operatory general dental practice has been serving the community for over 25 years. Dr. Santos is a native of Winnipeg and will act as a strategic advisor to CDS in acquisition and clinical matters.

 

Dr. Brant Toy
Manitoba

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Dr. Brant Toy, DMD

Dr. Brant Toy is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (2003), with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. Dr. Toy has been a partner at Garden City Dental Centre since 2008. The fourteen-operatory general practice has been serving the community for over 25 years. Dr. Toy is a native of Winnipeg and will act as a strategic advisor to CDS in acquisition and clinical matters.

Dr. Toy is married with 3 children.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

  • Alain Sabbah
    Alain Sabbah
    Founder, Co-CEO
  • Jeremy D. Behar
    Jeremy D. Behar
    Founder, Co-CEO
  • Jeanne Ye
    Jeanne Ye
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Dr. Dennis Fair
    Dr. Dennis Fair
    Chief Clinical Officer
  • Lyle Schumacher
    Lyle Schumacher
    Vice President/General Manager, Alberta Operations
  • Sean Rosenthal
    Sean Rosenthal
    Director, Marketing
  • Sonni Virdi, RDH
    Sonni Virdi, RDH
    Manager, Field Operations, Ontario
Alain Sabbah
Founder, Co-CEO

alain-sabbah

Alain is responsible for leading the development and implementation of CDS’ overall strategy, with a particular focus on superior oral care and providing an unparalleled patient experience. Alain manages all aspects of the operational infrastructure in order to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of the business, and leads all business development efforts.

Commencing his business career as an entrepreneur over 20 years ago, he gained extensive experience in sales and marketing, business operations, strategy and execution. He then moved to a corporate environment, completing his tenure acting as the Country Manager and Vice President for a billion dollar US-based consulting organization, leading all aspects of the Canadian business (a $300 million business with regional offices across Canada).

Alain joined the commercial real estate and healthcare firm Cirrus Consulting Group as a partner in 2011. Alain led all sales, marketing, consulting and operations activities resulting in 4 x growth over 4 years, expanding the company’s footprint to serve the dental community across North America. With an incredibly acute understanding of the Canadian dental landscape, he acts as an industry leader and key resource on business matters pertaining to dentistry in Canada.

Jeremy D. Behar
Founder, Co-CEO

jeremy-behar

Jeremy oversees corporate direction and strategy for Canadian Dental Services, including all financial, legal, and asset management functions within the business. Jeremy possesses a strong entrepreneurial spirit, company-building insight, and superior technical knowledge of the dental business, having spent over 20 years leading change and improvement in the dental industry in both Canada and the United States.

As a recognized leader, speaker and author within the dental industry, Jeremy has positioned Cirrus Consulting Group – the industry’s preeminent commercial real estate advisory firm – into its long standing dominant growth and leadership position.

Jeremy has seen firsthand how the dental industry has evolved over the past 2 decades, and is dedicated to further shifting the industry in Canada to better support and alleviate dentists from the management burdens of running a successful practice. The entire CDS organization exists with a singular primary focus: to enable dentists to be dentists, focused solely on providing high quality clinical services to patients.

Jeanne Ye
Chief Financial Officer

Jeanne Ye, Director of Finance

As Chief Financial Officer, Jeanne Ye oversees the company’s financial management, analysis, internal controls and provides leadership in acquisitions and transition processes.

Jeanne has over 18 years of finance and operational experience in various industries from technology, professional services, to the healthcare industry. Jeanne has held a series of senior leadership positions prior to joining Canadian Dental Services, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of Horizon Occupational Health Solutions Inc., a national occupational health services company.

Jeanne has extensive experience in financial due diligence, post M&A business strategy implementation, business process reengineering and restructuring, and achieving operational synergies.

Jeanne is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Certified General Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Laurentian University.

Dr. Dennis Fair
Chief Clinical Officer

dr-dennis-fair

Dr. Dennis Fair, B.Sc., D.D.S.

As Chief Clinical Officer of CDS, Dr. Dennis Fair leads overall responsibility for clinical standards and care, and is instrumental in designing clinical process and standards.

Dr. Fair graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. and D.D.S. degree in 1982.  After gaining some measure of experience in most aspects of general dentistry, he began a journey to focus his practice to more specialized areas of the profession. Since 1986, sedation dentistry has been a growing part of his practice, facilitating procedures involving more complex restorative and reconstructive therapies, including the area of implant dentistry. In 1988, Dr. Fair completed his first surgical and restorative course in implants with Core-Vent in Dallas, Texas. Since then, he has attended numerous dental courses and seminars focusing on many fields related to implant dentistry.

In 1995, he attended the Branemark Clinic in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he had the privilege to train under some of the original masters of the science and research that had emerged from Europe some years previous. Dr. Fair has completed all the course requirements and is a graduate of the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington; he is presently working on gaining Mentorship qualification there. Dr. Fair continues to develop his knowledge and skills through many hours of continuing education in dentistry, and has become a high-end provider of implant and more complex restorative dentistry.

Lyle Schumacher
Vice President/General Manager, Alberta Operations

Lyle Schumacher

Lyle Schumacher, B.Sc. Eng., MBA

Lyle Schumacher has over 20 years of experience in management and operational leadership of dental practices. Lyle has successfully built, grown and sold several dental clinics in the Alberta market. Lyle will play a key role in CDS’ business management strategy, patient experience process, and implementation strategy. A hands-on leader, Lyle has developed an incredible passion for the dental industry.

Lyle has been married to Dr. Tracey Ruddick for over 25 years.

Sean Rosenthal
Director, Marketing

Sean oversees the overall marketing strategy and execution for Canadian Dental Services. Having grown up as the son of a prominent endodontist, Sean has had first-hand exposure to the dental industry, its rewards, and its challenges. He applies his experiences to every aspect of his role.

Sean has nearly 20 years of solid B2B and B2C marketing experience in a variety of industries.  He has a drive for delivering profitable solutions to enhance revenue, generating demand, maintaining customer loyalty, and building solid brands. He has always strived to be a leader in digital and social media marketing, as demonstrated by increased brand exposure through online advertising, digital properties and social media campaigns.

Sonni Virdi, RDH
Manager, Field Operations, Ontario

Sonni Virdi, Regional Operations Manager, Ontario, CDS_300x300

As a Regional Operations Manager at CDS, Sonni is responsible for facilitating operational excellence for clinics across Ontario, while ensuring the delivery of quality patient care. With 14 years of experience in the dental industry, Sonni spent the initial part of her dental career as a Registered Dental Hygienist in a multidisciplinary practice, eventually branching out from a clinical setting into education, auditing, and then finally, operations.  Although she still occasionally practices clinically, Sonni is passionate about being on the forefront of the changing landscape of dentistry.

A native Calgarian, Sonni now lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Sonni values the importance of an active healthy lifestyle and the pursuit of exploring new places and cultures.