“My favourite part of being a dentist is the interaction I have with my patients. One of my goals in my practice is to develop rewarding, long-lasting relationships—that is, treat my patients, treat their kids, and watch their kids grow up.”
Dr. Ari Katsnelson was born and raised in Toronto, just north of Yonge and Eglinton. He chose to attend dental school in Montreal in order to use his French language skills and experience French Canadian culture. While living in Montreal, he volunteered for the McGill Dentistry Outreach Program, providing basic dental care to underserved populations. He returned to Ontario to seek a dental practice focused on patient-driven care.
When Dr. Katsnelson first learned about Yonge Eglinton Dental, he was immediately interested in returning to the area where he grew up and being part of a practice that matched his own values.
“I was drawn to Yonge Eglinton Dental because of its overall philosophy of dental care and the importance placed on long term relationships with people.”
A self-described “simple straightforward guy”, Dr. Katsnelson is quick to add that his work at Yonge Eglinton Dental is always about the team around him and the meticulous care each member provides in dental care and hygiene. “Today more than ever,” he says, “we know the importance of keeping your mouth healthy. It is the gateway to your body and your overall health.”
Although he works with all ages, he is particularly fond of working with children. In addition to his expertise in all aspects of dentistry, Dr. Katsnelson’s patients enjoy his calm, patient nature and his humour. “I also explain everything I’m doing,” he says, “because unless it’s a birthday, most people don’t want a surprise!”
Fluent in both French and Russian, Dr. Katsnelson continues to further his education through lectures and seminars on current dental topics including Invisalgn. In his spare time he places a high priority on family, particularly his role as doting Uncle, and enjoys travels, sports and a wide range of music.
Dr. Ari Katsnelson graduated from McGill University with a Doctor of Dental Medicine. Prior to McGill, he earned an Honours B.Sc. from York University. He is a member of the Ontario Dental Association and the current president of the McGill Alumni Dental Study Club.