Meet the Staff
Dr. Nassim Missaghian
Dr. Missaghian (Dr. M) has been practicing dentistry for over 19 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at UPEI in Charlottetown, PEI and his Dental Surgery degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS in 1996.
Dr. Missaghian has travelled and practiced dentistry across Canada: from Moose Factory, ON to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, from Kitchener/Waterloo, ON to PEI and Nova Scotia. Internationally, Dr. M spent a year volunteering in inner-city Kingston, Jamaica running the dental section of a medical/dental clinic in collaboration with the Medical Missions Board. This clinic, located in a church/school compound offered dentistry free of charge for the local population. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Dr. M has made multiple trips to provide dental care to those most severely affected.
In 2007, Dr. M moved to NL with his wife Maureen where they lived in Clarenville for six years and he earned the nickname “the Iranian-Bayman.” In 2013, they moved to St. John's and purchased East End Dental.
At East End Dental, Dr. Missaghian is proud to offer his patients advanced digital technologies and treatment techniques. He has a special interest in digital dentistry and uses CAD/CAM for single-visit crowns, veneers, implant crowns and aesthetic smile designs. He performs root canal treatments, full-mouth aesthetic reconstructions including All-On-4 implant rehabilitation.
Keeping up-to date with the latest advances in dentistry is important to Dr. Missaghian, and he is always looking to learn more. He spends numerous hours each year – well above the annual amount required - attending continuing education courses and seminars to hone his skills.
When not at work, he can be found hiking, mountain biking or snow-shoeing on the various trails. He is absolutely mad about soccer, volleyball and various other sports. Most of all, he loves being in the outdoors with his wife Maureen and kicking the ball around with their three little-rascal-boys Issa, Bayan, and Manou.
Dr. Angela Walsh
Dr. Angela Walsh was raised in St. John's, NL. She pursued her education in Nova Scotia where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. FX University in 2000.
Angela then graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2006 from Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry in Halifax, NS.
She joined the team at East End Dental and has been enjoying her career ever since. Angela was introduced to dentistry at a young age as her father has been a dentist for over 30 years. This family connection extends to her sister Jennifer who is a dental hygienist in the same practice.
Angela has a particular interest in dental implants and has numerous continuing education courses related to this aspect of dentistry. The most interesting to date was an ITI education week in Bern, Switzerland.
She and her husband enjoy travelling, cooking, and weekends at the cabin fishing, canoeing and relaxing with friends by the fire.
Dr. Jessica Barron
East End Dental is excited to welcome Dr. Jessica Barron to the team! Dr. Barron has been practicing general dentistry here in Newfoundland since 2016. She was born and raised in St. John’s, attending Memorial University with degrees in Biochemistry and Education before receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Dalhousie University. As a patient of East End Dental since her childhood, she is excited to now be a part of the team!
Dr. Barron values the importance of continuing education - staying current with new techniques to provide patients quality treatment. She is trained in oral and nitrous oxide sedation, providing additional care to patients who are nervous/anxious during dental treatment. She is also excited to learn more about CEREC digital dentistry and implement it into her practice.
In her spare time, you can find her out walking or hiking with her dog, tap dancing and planning her next travel adventure!
Dr. Morgan Hanrahan
Morgan is from Bay Roberts, NL where she lives with her husband, Brandon and newborn son, Hudson. She loves running, golfing and ice hockey to keep active, and enjoys family weekends spent at her cabin.
Morgan attended Brown University in Rhode Island where she earned her degree in Neuroscience. She practiced dental hygiene for 6 years after obtaining a Bachelor of Dental Hygiene, and then went on to graduate from the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at Dalhousie University in 2019.
Morgan is happy to provide a wide range of dental services to her patients, including fillings, extractions, root canal treatments, and implant crowns. She recently (before covid) traveled to Arizona for training to be able to offer her patients single visit crowns using CEREC digital technology.
Dr. Halah Shahin
Dr. Halah Shahin is passionate about providing her patients with quality dental care in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
Dr. Shahin grew up in Bedford, Nova Scotia. After earning her B.Sc degree from Saint Mary’s University, she attended Dalhousie University’s Doctor of Dental Surgery program. After graduating in 2014, Dr. Shahin moved to Newfoundland to practice dentistry and decided to make this province her home.
Dr. Shahin enjoys treating patients of all ages, offers oral sedation and nitrous oxide to help patients with dental anxiety, Invisalign, and all aspects of general dentistry. Dr. Shahin is excited to offer the latest technology in digital dentistry and same day crowns at East End Dental.
Before the pandemic, Dr Shahin had a travel obsession, she took a few months off in 2019 to backpack around Asia and Europe and achieved her goal of visiting over 30 countries before her 30th birthday. Aside from travel, she enjoys hiking, keeping up with her 7 nieces and nephews, and trying different cuisines. Dr. Shahin is fluent in Arabic and English.
Jennifer Walsh, Dental Hygienist
Jennifer is a registered Dental Hygienist. You might say dentistry runs in her family as both her father and sister are dentists.
Raised in St. John's, Jennifer spent several years in Halifax pursuing her post-secondary education. She studied science at St. Mary's University and Dental Technology at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology before pursuing a career in dental hygiene.
As a dental hygiene student, Jennifer was selected to take part in a program to help alleviate the shortage of dental hygiene services in rural Newfoundland. She had a great educational experience volunteering for several weeks in St. Anthony providing much needed care.
In 2004 Jennifer received her Diploma in Dental Hygiene from Dalhousie University and returned home to Newfoundland where she has enjoyed working with East End Dental for the last 15 years. She loves working with people to help them achieve optimal oral health.
Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, Glenn and two beautiful daughters, Leah and Sarah.
Dan Mercer, Dental Hygienist
Dan Mercer RDH, graduated from Dalhousie University in 1989.
Following his first year working in British Columbia, Dan has spent the majority of his career working in Clarenville, NL. He moved to St. John's in 2012 and has been part of East End Dental since 2013.
Dan has many interests including kayaking, hiking, snow-shoeing, Nordic skiing and flying, all of which highlight his love for the outdoors.
He is the proud father of three: Ian, Ryan, and Kaely, all of whom are attending Memorial University of NL. He is happily married to Dawn, his wife of 25 years.
Alison Mercer, Dental Hygienist
Alison has a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University and a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from Dalhousie University having graduated in 1991. Following her return from a specialty periodontal practice in Vancouver, she started work with East End Dental and has been working there for the past 20 years.
In addition to general hygiene practice, Alison brings with her extended knowledge of orthodontics.
She is also a past treasurer of the Newfoundland Dental Hygiene Association.
She enjoys gardening in her spare time and lives with her husband John, and boxer Lucy in Portugal Cove.
Mandy Druken, Dental Hygienist
Mandy was born and raised in Paradise, Newfoundland and is passionate about oral health and wellness.
After graduating from the Dalhousie Dental Hygiene Program in 2009, she began her career as a dental hygienist right here at East End Dental. In 2012, she had the amazing opportunity to relocate to Grand Cayman. There she practiced hygiene at a general dental office on Seven Mile Beach and enjoyed the Caribbean lifestyle. She returned to East End Dental in 2017, after coming home to Newfoundland.
When she isn't at the office, you'll likely find Mandy and her husband JP enjoying the outdoors with their two children Nate & Lainey, and foolish dog Stella in tow!
Karen Gill, Dental Hygienist
Born and raised in St. John's, Karen graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts. She then attended Dalhousie University where she graduated with a diploma of Dental Hygiene in 2000. She practiced in Toronto for three years until the lure of home proved too strong to resist.
Karen loves her job and takes great care to ensure her patients always feel comfortable and relaxed during their visit.
Outside the office she and her husband Greg are kept busy with their three children, Claire, Natalie and Ryan as well as their pampered pup Phoebe.
Chelsea Ellis, Dental Hygienist
Chelsea graduated with honours from the Dental Hygiene program at Oulton College in June 2019. Only one month later, she became a member of the East End Dental team.
Chelsea was born and raised in a small town of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland before moving to Moncton to pursue her Dental Hygiene career.
In addition to her diploma, she also received certification in local anesthetic and orthodontics.
Educating her patients, especially children, about oral health and healthy living is her newfound passion. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her family at the cabin, relaxing with her cats, and practicing an active lifestyle.
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The staff at East End Dental is always looking for ways to give back to the community they love so much. Whether it’s hitting the lanes for Bowl for Kids’ Sake or participating in fundraising campaigns for Home Again Furniture Bank, we love making a difference in Newfoundland and Labrador.