Our Team

Dr Cassia Braulio (DDS)

Dr. Cassia, received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1995, in Sao Paulo , Brazil, where she was born and raised.  Right after finishing  school she was accepted  to the Endodontics Specialty  course, which granted her root canal specialist degree.  Parallel to working at her office work, she was also involved in teaching at the University Paulista, Faculty of Dentistry, in Sao Paulo.  She was a clinical instructor at the Department of  Medically compromised children.

In a search for a better quality of life, she immigrated to Canada and in 2004  she was accepted in the Dental Qualifying Program at the University of Western of Ontario, where she validated her DDS  degree. Since then, she has been practicing Dentistry in Canada.

However it was long before  Canada that her interest in Dentistry surfaced. When she was only 16 years old, she accepted a  volunteer summer job at a dental office. She had the chance to work with two amazing individuals, both passionate professors that loved teaching. Their passion for dentistry extended to her and Dentistry has been with her ever since.

She has also been involved in teaching university students at clinical level, at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, Restorative Department.

After a long time to find just  the right practice to  settle down,  it was with extreme enthusiasm that she visited Dr Van Gorder's office and thought, "this is the one".

When Dr Cassia is not working, she is spending quality time with her family and pets.

She looks forward to meeting you.

Dr Eric VanGorder (DDS)


Dr VanGorder founded the existing practice in 1973, shortly after graduating from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry. After many years of general practice and extensive post graduate training in reconstructive dentistry, he decided to limit his practice to the provision of adult restorative and prosthetic dentistry. He was one of the first general practitioners in the GTA to receive training in the then new and exciting field of restoration of dental implants. Many dental organizations have invited him to lecture on the finer points of implant restorations. He is an associate in dentistry at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics and has shared his knowledge of crown and bridge dentistry with 4th year dental students for more than ten years.

Debbie De Canhas (Treatment Coordinator)



is our treatment coordinator and  has been in the practice for more than 30   years.  She is an extremelly valuable member of our team. She  will assure  that all your questions  and dental needs are addressed properly. 

Her  overall dental health knowledge is elemental to the well being of patients.  She will do whatever it takes to help you understand the recomended treatment plan.

Her friendly personality will guarantee you have a great time at our office. Her truly caring character will make you feel unique.

Be prepared to be greated by her contagious smile. 


Vesna Vrbat (Registered Dental Hygienist)


Vesna comes to our team in 2014, bringing over 10 years of experience in the dental field. She worked as  a receptionist, dental assistant and finally found herself loving been a hygienist.
Vesna is calm, caring, meticulous and gentle in her approach. She is very good with kids and adults alike. Her smiling face and  effective technique brings a sense of calm and peace to everyone in her care.
Vesna keeps her training current and is constantly updating her skills and learning new techniques and materials that could improve our patients oral health.
 She is looking forward to see you at your next cleaning appointment.


Shawny Balman (Dental Assistant and Receptionist)




Shawny is our certified dental assistant (CDA) and receptionist.  
She joined our team in 2013 and has been a va
luable  member ever since. She has been a CDA for 15 years and can assist in a variety of dental  situations from complex implant cases to pediatric procedures. When Shawny is not assisting Dr. Braulio or Dr Van Gorder, she can be found manning the reception desk. She will help you with your appointments, questions, and she will be glad to help you coordinate them with your insurance provider. Shawny has a sharp eye for detail,is conscientious and  hard working,  with a pleasant laughing demeanour.She will do whatever it takes to help and assist you during your appointments


Beata Smus (Certified Dental Assistant)

Beata is the newest member to join our team. She has been with us since October 2014 and already is a valuable part of the family. Beata has a unique inquisitive personality. Her daily enthusiasm makes our days easier and her cheerful smile makes patients  feel comfortable.

She has this "can do" attittude to perform any given task. Her goal is to learn new things daily.

Making sure you feel comfortable and all your dental needs are directed is her priority.