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What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. They have had extensive training with two additional years of study after dental school. As specialists they devote their time, energy and skill to helping patients care for their gums. A periodontist is one of the eight dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.

Why is your dentist referring you to a Periodontist?

Your dentist has determined that your gums require special attention. The periodontist and dentist work together as a team to provide you with the highest level of care. They will combine their experience to recommend the best treatment available to you while keeping each other informed on your progress. By referring you to the specialist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to your dental health.

Dr. Anastasia Cholakis

Dr. Georgios Giannelis

Dr. John Tsourounakis

Who are our Periodontists?

Dr. Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis obtained her BA from the University of Winnipeg in 1988 and her DMD and Diploma in Periodontics from the University of Manitoba in 1992 and 1998. She also attended the Misch Institute Program in Implant Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cholakis is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr. Cholakis specializes in periodontics and implant dentistry and is an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Periodontal Clinic Director at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry.

Dr. Georgios Giannelis received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with distinction and awards from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2007. Dr. Giannelis continued his postgraduate education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to specialize in Periodontics and Implant Surgery, supported by scholarships from three independent foundations. His studies at UBC led to a Diploma in Periodontics and a Masters degree. He was awarded the "Kathleen McAnulty Memorial Prize in Graduate Periodontics" for outstanding overall performance in the graduate program and the “Nobel Biocare Achievement Prize” for outstanding theoretical performance and excellence in implant surgery. His involvement in research on the field of wound healing led to the "George S. Beagrie Scholarship". Dr. Giannelis takes pride in teaching and as recognition for his contribution to the education of the UBC dental and hygiene students he was given a "Teaching Award". He is being appointed as a part time instructor in the department of Periodontics at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Giannelis is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a member of the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Giannelis is dedicated to superior patient care that is founded on clear open communication, timely access to care and teamwork. He welcomes new patients to his practice. (*Dr. Giannelis is currently away on military service until December, 2014.)

Dr. John Michael Tsourounakis graduated from Aristotle University in Greece with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2008. He completed his Masters Degree in Health Care Management from the University of New Orleans, College of Business, in 2011, graduating with distinction with an award in academic excellence. He then obtained his specialty Certificate in Periodontics in 2012, and in 2013 he completed a postgraduate Fellowship in Dental Implantology, from Louisiana State University, School of Dentistry in New Orleans. During his residency, Dr. Tsourounakis was the first author of three scientific papers, published in the journals of the American Academy of Periodontology, and was honoured with the prestigious Malbern N. Wilderman Award. He is a Diplomate of the American board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.