Our doctors

Dr. David Pampena


Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Dr. David Pampena attended A.N. Myer Secondary School and then pursued his post secondary education at The University of Western Ontario (UWO) in London. Following the completion of his dental degree at UWO, his commitment to family and long-time social ties led him to remain in his home region to practice dentistry.


After obtaining his undergraduate science degree, Dr. Pampena also completed a Master's degree in Biochemistry in 2004. His Master’s research helped to clarify the role that a protein, "Osteopontin", found in bone tissue, plays in bone physiology. A published scientific author, Dr. Pampena's research has and continues to have applications in the treatment of bone diseases such as Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, as well as various forms of bone cancers.


It was his desire to be more hands-on in helping people that led Dr. Pampena to pursue a career as a dentist. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, but his learning has never stopped. In an ever-changing world where medical advancement occurs more rapidly than ever before, it is crucial for today’s dentist to stay up to date with current trends and techniques. As such, Dr. Pampena has taken numerous post-graduate courses so that he can provide a wider range of more specialized dental services and procedures to his patients. He is experienced with implantology, surgical wisdom tooth removal, surgical periodontics, and root canal therapy. Plus, he is licensed to provide moderate sedation in the dental office.


Dr. Pampena is a member in good standing with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Dental Association as well as the Academy of General Dentistry. Notably, Dr. Pampena is also one of the only dentists in the region who is a member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (there is no Canadian equivalent). Members of this society are committed to furthering their knowledge and treatment towards Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorders (TMD). In addition, Dr. Pampena was awarded fellowship status within The International Congress of Oral Implantology.


Dr. Pampena has been married to his wife Rosanna since 2011 and has two sons: Austin, born in October 2013 and Andrew, born November 2015.


It will always be Dr. Pampena’s goal to provide the highest quality dentistry to everyone who entrusts him with their oral care. He hopes to welcome you to The Pines Dental soon.





Dr. adrian palencar


Dr. Palencar graduated from Komensky University in Slovakia with the degree Doctor of Universal Medicine, He immigrated to Canada in 1970. In 1975, Dr. Palencar founded Brock Dental and has since dedicated his life to providing exceptional service to the dental community. He is well versed in all aspects of dentistry from Implant Prosthetics, Crowns and Bridges, to his passion Orthodontics. Dr. Palencar is an accomplished keynote speaker and continues to lecture for Rondeau Seminar, and orthodontic course aimed at educating and mentoring dentists who are interested in performing orthodontics in their practice.


Dr. Palencar was awarded a Master of Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) in 1997 and received a Pinkster Award from the International Association of Orthodontics (IAO) in 2003. He is an IBO Board Diplomate and received his certification as a Master Senior Instructor. Dr. Palencar is a past President of the IAO Ontario Section, past Treasurer of the Regional Niagara AGD, a peer reviewer for the IJO and an Examiner for the IBO.


Outside of dentistry, Dr. Palencar spends his time with his loving wife, 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Dr. Palencar holds a second degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and enjoys running, skiing, and travelling.




Dr. Harjit Gill


A 2001 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan, Dr. Gill enjoys all aspects of dentistry, from basic restorative treatment to more complex procedures such as crowns, veneers and root canal therapy. Dr. Gill has a special interest in pediatric care and focuses on preventative care by emphasizing on educating and raising awareness about dental health. As a member of Canadian Dental Association (CDA), Ontario Dental Association (ODA) and Niagara Peninsula Dental Association (NPDA), Dr. Gill enjoys participating in many continuing education courses and keeping current on developing treatments and technologies. She is part of the executive committee of the NPDA since 2015 and has been actively serving as an ODA councillor since 2016. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Gill enjoys reading, travelling, cooking and spending time with her five children.

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