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It’s 2013 and that means the Mayan’s were wrong-the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012. It also means that it’s time to kick those old habits and start fresh with the new year. One of the best parts about ringing in the new year is making our new year's resolutions. Whether it is something small you want to tweek about yourself or a major life change, the time is right now to celebrate a new beginning. As we welcome all the possibilities of 2013, we also reflect on the accomplishments and milestones of 2012. In this issue we look at the fashion stylings of Shabana Ashfaq, Canadian Fashion Designer, owner and founder of Dream Couture Fashion Studio. We are also featuring Miss Universe 2012, Red Carpet styles along with the top 10 high-fashion evening gowns, so make sure you take a look. A hearty congratulations from the Desi Fashion team to Roohi and Nazish on successfully opening their first fashion outlet. Sushma Kilachand of Dagmar Jewelry has had a long and successful journey, do check out her feature on how her journey brings her to Toronto. And as always, the trusty advice from our Dentist from Ohio, Dr. Ramit Joshi who has teamed up with Dr. Neha Sood M.D. to bring in a most informative article about our Dental Health. On a personal note we would also like to congratulate Dr. Ramit Joshi, on recently tying-the-knot and entering into marital bliss. All the best to you and your wife Dr. Ramit. We hope that your 2012 was as wonderful and eventful as ours. It has been an amazing year and we are looking forward to what 2013 has in store for us. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you for your continued support and for reading Desi Fashion. Make sure to stay tuned, it’s going to be a great year ahead!

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whether it is your wedding trousseau consisting of 7 dresses or a recreation of your wardrobe. Using her design flair, your tastes and personality and her knowledge of the latest fashion trends, Shabana will give you that perfect collection every time. When working with a client, Shabana always looks for their strengths, lifestyle, and overall personality in order to create their dream project. She never tries to induce an idea; rather she prefers to build on her clients’ imagination. She admits that there is no formula to success, but to know your clients, you must put yourself in their shoes and see the world from their eyes. By being able to feel what they feel Shabana is able to adorn them perfectly. s

her love of the arts with her passion for fashion. Her talent and innovation bring the best from both worlds together creating designs that are unique, yet elegant, and reflect the personality of the person wearing them. She has showcased her work through many profit and non-profit events, and her unique designs are constantly praised by critics and public alike. Shabana says, “Whether it is Bridal Gown, a Lehnga or a Saree, even a Prom dress, I have no qualms about it. I took the cultural diversity in stride and have custom designed both Western and Eastern dresses. My store is conveniently located at 812 Britannia Road, Heartland Mall, Mississauga and I cater to both the Eastern and Western communities with the promise that any

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Second Runner-Up: Miss Universe Venezuela, Irene Sofiá Esser Quintero. Rest of Top Five: Miss Universe Australia, Renae Ayris and Miss Universe Brazil, Gabriela Markus. Rest of Top Ten: Miss Russia, Elizabeth Golonova; Miss Universe France, Marie Payet; Miss Universe Hungary, Agnes Konkoly; Miss Universe South Africa, Melinda Bam; and Miss Universe Mexico, Karina Gonzalez.

Miss Congeniality Universe™ Award: Miss Universe Guatemala, Laura Godoy Calle. This award reflects the respect and 24 JAN. / FEB. 2013

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Miss Photogenic Universe™ Award: Miss Universe Kosovo, Diana Avdiu. An expert panel chose the delegate they thought best exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from pageant sponsor Diamond Nexus Labs.

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Rest of Top Sixteen: Miss Universe Turkey, Cagil Ozge Özkul; Miss Universe Peru, Nicole Faveron; Miss Universe Poland, Marcelina Zawadzka; Miss Universe Croatia, Elizabeta Burg; Miss Universe Kosovo, Diana Avdiu; and Miss Universe India, Shilpa Singh.

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The Miss Universe® 2012 prize package includes: a year’s supply of hair care products and tools from Farouk Systems; a custom diamond tiara and jewelry designed by Diamond Nexus; a shoe wardrobe from Chinese Laundry; eveningwear wardrobe by Sherri Hill; swimwear wardrobe by Kooey Australia; a year’s supply of makeup products from MAC; a year’s supply of sun care products from Australian Gold; a one-year scholarship (including housing) from the New York Film Academy; luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses; a year-long salary as Miss Universe; personal services including membership to Gravity Fitness and hair services from John Barrett Salon; modeling portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; dermatology and skincare services provided by Dr. Cheryl ThellmanKarcher; professional health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD and dental services by Dr. Jan Linhart, D.D.S.; casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization; extensive travel opportunities

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admiration of the delegate’s peers who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a gift from Diamond Nexus Labs.

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Miss USA, Olivia Culpo

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Miss Universe Brazil, Gabriela Markus

Miss Universe Venezuela, Irene SofĂ­a Esser Quintero

Miss Universe Hungary, Agnes Konkoly


Miss Universe France, Marie Payet

Miss Universe Mexico, Karina Gonzalez

Miss Universe Philippines, Janine Tugonon

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Olympic Gold Medalist, Kerri Walsh Jennings

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Nazish launched her brand ‘Naz Fashion Bug’ in 2007 and since then has steadily built a following initially in the Toronto community and now internationally. Now a fast growing brand that caters to both men and women who are interested in the latest styles, dazzling colors and chic cuts, ‘ Naz Fashion Bug’ has opened their first outlet in Milton Ontario.

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Sushma Kilachand “I was surrounded by beauty, so it was hard not to be inspired.”

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The collaboration between jewellery and fashion is a glorious celebration, and the Dagmar label bears proof of such a successful partnership.

She left Mumbai in 2003 and kept in touch with the fashion scene through her production team. Operating from a small studio in Toronto, Kilachand designed her collection, teaming Indian embroidery and fabrics - silk, chiffon, linen and georgette in bright shades of pink, orange, purple and turquoise - with western styling to produce a versatile line of tunics, ponchos and Indian suits that she describes as Indo-western. She brought her sense of esthetics and clothing line to Toronto in 2004 and has a successful business of clothing, handbags, bridalwear and Dagmar jewellery.

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The House of Dagmar - Jewellery Couture Dagmar Jewellery is an exclusive collection of semi-precious designer jewellery including custom design and bridal, at affordable prices. Designed in Mumbai with a contemporary yet vintage-infused flare, each piece is handcrafted using 22K gold plating and stones such as rubies, sapphires, turquoise, fresh water pearls and onyx. Dagmar jewellery is adorned by celebrities around the world and is available at independent and fashion forward retailers throughout Canada and the U.S. Dagmar’s showroom is located in Toronto, Canada at 183 Parkmount Road, Toronto, Ontario. The jewellery is also widely sold through other store fronts and shopping channels. Kilachand heads a network of independent sales agents for Dagmar Jewelry in North America. These representatives sell the jewellery through fund raisers, launch parties for celebrities, parties at home etc. “Everything is one of a

kind, and there is always something for everybody,” Kilachand wears a lot of the creations herself. “Indians grow up with jewellery. It is in our blood”, Kilachand says points out. In fact, the country has the highest consumption of gold in the world. Fashionable & Affordable Dagmar is marketed mainly to the upper middle class. She describes the Dagmar woman as one who is fashionable enjoys dressing well, appreciates interesting conversations, is not obsessed about the way she looks but at the same time wants that one special piece to make her feel like a million bucks. Kilachand states that she has always wanted to target this kind of woman because she is the one who does not have enough variety in selecting jewellery within her price range. “We offer the look of Bulgari and Tiffany’s, but at affordable pricing, and with Indian workmanship,” Kilachand explains. “I’ve always wanted a woman to

give back to countries and people that need it. Not to do so is shameful.” Dagmar donates 15 per cent of all its proceeds to charity. Many of its beneficiaries are charities that work in South Asia, primarily with children. “These are charities that I believe in and have an emotional connection to”, Kilachand says. They include Children’s Hope, the Trillium Health Care Community Hospital, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of North America, the Children’s Aid Society, Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital and Seva, a charity that effectively works with homeless women in Indian villages. They also organise fund raisers throughout the year. She is now committed to bringing contemporary Indian art to Canada. She is currently working closely with Waddington’s, Canada’s only auction house, and their new gallery space, Concrete Contemporary.

Social Consciousness “There has to be some level of social consciousness in everything you do, or you shouldn’t be doing anything to begin with,” Kilachand says, “You need to

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be so enamoured of a piece that she has chosen that she is compelled to ask where it is from. It makes me really proud to say it is from India.” Using cheaper materials, like semiprecious stones instead of diamonds and rubies, helps bring down the price of a piece. Her favourite is their recent Nizam of Hyderabad Collection. “We took images of his personal collections and made them into affordable pieces that everyone can wear. We used crystals or naturally-occurring stones, which keeps the prices down.”

Rich Indian Culture Kilachand travels to India regularly to procure South Asian art and market it in Canada. “It is important to market Indian culture that is not part of Bollywood”, she says. “There is so much richness in our country that I feel that it is my moral obligation to educate my fellow Canadians about India.” Kilachand believes that the South Asian immigrant population is much more mature than it used to be, “The previous generation was stuck in a time warp believing that India today was the same India that they had left behind. People like us, the younger generation of Canada, have traveled back enough to know that India is more than just Bollywood. We are confident that Canadians will be receptive to the variety it has to offer.” JAN. / FEB. 2013 39



Architecture &Colour Kinetic Movement Rings Painstakingly Designed to do more than just Adorn a Finger


laudio Pino is a jewelry designer world renowned especially for his unique sculptural rings. The combination of colors is the source of all Pino’s designs. He is passionate about gemstones and fascinated by their properties. He juxtaposes icy silver with the warm glow of gold, calm green emeralds with vivid red rubies, complimented with the fresh hue of white pearls. In his design, Claudio Pino searches for originality and integrity of expression while exploring various forms of communication in MAGNIFICENCE jewelry. All his collections STELLAIRE bear witness to the © Claudio Pino historical grandeur of 14k gold, 925 silver, black opal, jewelry making, while at chrome diopsides, emerald, the same time they are moonstones, pearls. animated by contemporary The concept behind this kinetic ring, named Magnificence Stellaire, was tones. Having gemstones, inspired by the immensity of the connected to one’s own starry sky in the farthest reaches body movements and of the northern hemisphere, a sky having it associated with that unifies us. The central stone, one’s personal appearance a black opal, portrays the aurora is his subject of investigaborealis with colorful and turbulent tion all by itself. In May wisps of air in the vibrant darkness 2012, Pino Collections were of the night. The stone rotates 360 exhibited at the Aaron Faber degrees in four directions (South, Gallery on the 5th avenue, North, West, East), thanks to a New York. carefully designed and complex mechanism.

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CEREUS | KINETIC RINGS COLLECTION © Claudio Pino 14k gold, opal, tanzanite, blue diamonds, pearls.

MYSTICAL FLOWERING © Claudio Pino 14k gold, opal, diamonds, moonstone, ruby, pearls, sleeping beauty turquoise. Always inspired by the importance of each element of our surrounding and their interaction between each other, Mystical Flowering was designed to represents the rare Night-Blooming Cereus. A magical plant that once a year, it revives as it from trance, for only the duration of the evening. Attracted by its sublime aroma, the Sphinx moths pollinate them, giving them life. The two fingers ring portrays the shape of that butterfly and this unique flower that communicate the continuous cycle of life.

TACTUS | KINETIC COLLECTION © Claudio Pino The Tactus Ring juxtaposes the cold silver to the warm brass and copper. This hinged ring draws a bridge between the traditions of the metallic suits of armor worn in the middle ages to the historic representation of jewelry throughout time.

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t 21 years of age, Kiran is an excellent example of a dedicated, creative and an upcoming artist. She is a self-taught Henna Artist, who at the age of 12 was already undertaking close family bridals. She is a gifted Illustrator besides being a law student at The University of Sheffield. Academically she has always excelled and achieved straight A’s at school and college. Furthermore, she worked as an Illustrator for the S1 Magazine, of which various drawings done by Kiran were published, “ I am inspired by almost anything and everything, I like to be creative.” “The walls in every room of my home are plastered with my hand painted canvases.” My greatest achievement I would say would be my own Henna business which I started from the age of 12. Working alongside bridal clients and for big events, I have developed an extensive portfolio of my work. I have worked alongside renowned photographers, makeup artists and models. I decided to extend my business further by selling personalised henna and art ornaments. I am currently in the process of starting my own clothing T shirt line.

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o not accept the status quo, and, wherever you are and whatever your circumstances, do not give up the fight…” Farah Mahmood, Mrs. Pakistan World 2012 Despite having had a very privileged upbringing and a pampered life, Farah Mahmood stayed grounded, and always was ready to learn and excel, both personally and professionally. In Dubai, she got into health, fitness, nutrition and self-improvement in a big way. She worked as an interior designer, and managed some major hotel design projects for local companies in Dubai. Mother of two boys and two girls, Farah decided to move to Canada with her husband, to focus more on her children’s education. In Toronto, Farah went on to become a certified personal trainer and a qualified image consultant. She also became an expert in anti-ageing and nutrition. She is in the planning stages of opening an image and fitness studio for women in Toronto. After winning the title of Mrs. Pakistan World 2012 Farah says, “ I feel it is an

the step of empowering women to great effect, and Pakistan loses out while women’s literacy and education rates are so low – in effect, the Pakistani women are only half as successful as they could do if half of the people are not contributing positively to our development. So my advice would be, do not accept the status quo, and, wherever you are and whatever your circumstances, do not give up the fight for improvement. If every woman improves her situation by a little, that is collectively a whole lot of improving!” “I am not arrogant enough to say that I or a pageant can single-handedly change the plight of Pakistani women. However, any publicity that goes to create a sense of empowerment and a sense of ambition in women is positive as far as I am concerned.” “At the same time, I believe it is challenge to not be seen as someone who flies in the face of our values - I have some ideas as to how I can try to shift perceptions in my own way. There is an element of anxiety as it means a lot to me to be able to achieve my goal in that area. I would like to give Pakistan its own “pageant identity” through my representation of our country.” Whenever she is asked about her ideal role model, Farah says, “Being an advocate of individuality, I don’t have any individual role model. I believe there are many people who have admirable qualities that one should seek to replicate. For instance, I admire Benazir for her determination, Malala for her courage and Maria B for her love of Pakistan and her charitable endeavours – and her artistic ability of course! I also take inspiration from Pakistani women in Pakistan, who fight on a daily basis against poverty, starvation, oppression and narrow-mindedness, and yet still manage to educate their children, provide support to their families and progress in their own lives – their husbands would be nowhere without them, and they are my true heroes.”

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Mahmood honor, and it gives me a wonderful opportunity to communicate what I feel defines the mature Pakistani woman of today, whilst trying my best to remove some of the stigma attached to such titles.” Farah says, “My whole family has been extremely supportive. From my husband, who has always encouraged me to follow my dreams, through my kids and my siblings, everyone feels this is something that I should do and do to a high standard. There is a sense that I was always destined to do something like this, as I have always enjoyed the opportunity to get exposure and communicate myself to the outside world. “I have an image in mind that I would like to project, and at the same time, I hope to be a positive role model for other Pakistani women. I want to show that you can be in this kind of business, and yet be a thinking person who is modest, decent and hardworking, behaves in a dignified fashion and does not compromise many of the traditions that makes our country what it is.” Farah stresses that women can be a collective force to be reckoned with in the world. “Many Islamic countries have taken

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fter holding multi-titles, Miss Priyanka Gianchandani currently models with various companies. She freelances from time-to-time, but she is presently represented by Wilhelmina Models. Priyanka loves to model, dance and act. She started dancing at the age of 3 and has been trained in various dance forms. Currently she is an Assitant Dance Teacher at AUM Dance Creations. Priyanka has been acting since the age of 10, and she was formly trained by Barbizon School of Acting and has performed as an extra in many movies, short films and music videos. Later, in the aspiration of becoming a Bollywood Actress, her parents enrolled her into Barbizon School of Modeling, due to her lack of confidence during her puberty years. Within two weeks, she was hired to work with Barbizon Modeling Agency and she was represented as a petite runway and print model for 7 years until October 2011. In 2008, Priyanka was awarded Miss Barbizon, as she is a successful petite runway and print model in her industry. She started freelancing for six months, until April 2012, when she was offered to be represented by MMG-Model Management Group and Wilhelmina Models. Since April she is represented by Wilhelmina. Priyanka also enjoys pagentry.

She started participating in pageants at the age of 20, because since the age of 14, she wanted to participate in pageants, but because of her braces, she felt restricted. Thus, at the age of 20, she started pageantry and she won two titles: Miss India International 2011 First Runner-up and Miss Beautiful Eyes 2011. She currently still holds the Miss Beautiful Eyes title and is always willing to make any appearances as a judge, host, VIP Guest/Cheif Guest, interviewee, motivational

speaker, etc. In February 2012, she went back to Barbizon School and had a 6-month training in Model and Pagent Coaching. She graduated in August 2012, and currently freelances as a Model and Pageant Coach. Although, these are her hobbies, Priyanka has a part-time work as an Exercise Scientist, conducts research with professors, volunteers at the hospital, works in the Emergency Room with several physicians, and is training to become an Emergency Medical Technician (while volunteering at the First Aid and Rescue Squad), in order to gain clinical experience for Medical School, because Priyanka aspires to become a future Physician. Originally she wanted to become an actress, but she fell in love with the Medical field and wanted to focus on bettering healthcare. However, she believes that a person should not forget their dreams and should always strive to achieve them. She currently gives motivational talks to the community, both South Asian and Multi-culutral and especially to young girls, so that families understand that modeling (including pageantry), acting and dancing are not to be frowned upon, so if their daughters or other girls aspire to get involved in these fields, they should encourage them. Priyanka loves meeting people and would love to give advice to anyone who needs it. Priyanka wishes that each and every person see the inner beauty in everyone.

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tuttgart. The luxury brand Porsche Design (Porsche Lizenz - und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG) is unveiling the new-look P’9981 Smartphone. The new version features a striking, completely black, design, further emphasizing the iconic essence of the brand. The Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone from BlackBerry® is distinguished by a linear and purist look combined with innovative technology. The P’9981 Black will be available from mid of January 2013 in Porsche Design stores all over the world and in the luxury brand’s official online shop. The black look creates a stylish new take on the product’s outstanding design and high-quality materials. The P’9981 Black consists of a stainless steel frame encased in black plastic with a hand-applied leather backing. Additional highlights include a special black QWERTY keyboard and a crystal-clear touch-screen display. Just like the first P’9981, the black version features an exclusive user interface and an own BlackBerryMessenger-PIN. The choice of materials and classy black design are typical hallmarks of Porsche Design. Powerful Hardware and Software The Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone is based on a very powerful platform with a 1.2 GHz processor and HD video recording, as well as high-resolution 24-bit graphics and modern sensors compatible with new Augmented Reality applications. The P’9981 also has 8 GB of internal memory and a 16 GB micro SD card. The memory can be expanded up to a total of 40 GB. The BlackBerry 7.1 operating system of the Porsche Design P’9981 Black incorporates a latest-generation browser, one of the best on the market, to ensure a fast and flowing surfing experience. The Smartphone also features Liquid GraphicsT technology for smooth and very high-resolution graphic displays. (

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DIP-DYE COLLECTION Men’s Blanc Hi in Surf Fade; Women’s Blanc Hi in Sharp Green Fade; Blanc Hi in Fuchsia Purple Fade & Blanc Ox in Orange Fade

DIP-DYE COLLECTION Palladium expands its Sport Canvas product range with the introduction o the Dip-Dye Collection,, which uses a unique dye treatment that creates a two-toned fade effect on the boot’s upper. With an array of cheerful ombré hues available in the Oxford and Pam silhouettes, the Dip-Dye Collection combines fashion with function for the perfect summer-weight boot.

BLANC CANVAS COLLECTION For 2013, the brand expands the Blanc Canvas Collection offering with a trio of new colorways including a neutral metal grey, an energetic yellow, and a rich, jewel-toned purple. The designs are available in Palladium’s Oxford and Pampa silhouettes and feature breathable cotton canvas uppers, sporty white accents and logo detailing.

Palladium Sport A Fresh Spring-Summer 2013

For Spring-Summer 2013, heritage boot brand Palladium will expand its product offering with new designs and modern iterations of its classic silhouettes. The brand will grow its Sport Collection with the debut of the Mono Chrome Collection, the City Tech boot featuring LITE technology, and the Dip-Dye Canvas Collection, which uses a unique dye treatment to create uppers with vibrant shades. Additionally, Palladium will update its OriginalCollection with colorful hues and lightweight, breathable materials. 70 JAN. / FEB. 2013

CITY T Palladium will add to its men’s Sport offe with the debut of the City Tech boot. The C Tech boot is modeled after the brand Pampa silhouette and features a seam-free construction. Equipped with Palladium’s LITE technology, the boots join an EVA-injected outsole and a molded rubber midsole, offering the wearer with a comfortable stepping ground. Dri-Lex linings provide breathability, while neo accents, colored outsoles and a uniq paneled mesh effect on the boots’ uppers an athletic and technical aes

Men’s City Tech in Black-Red-White; Black-Vapor-Lime Green; Silver-White-Red & Vapor-Indigo

BLANC CANVAS COLLECTION Unisex Blanc Hi in Purple, Yellow & Metal & Unisex Blanc Ox in Purple


MONO CHROME COLLECTION Launching in Spring 2013, Palladium will introduce the Mono Chrome Collection to its athletic-inspired Sport offering. The collection is an update to the Blanc Canvas boot and features tonal uppers, soles, lacing and logo detailing. A one-piece molded rubber outsole combined with a thick polyurethane insole provides superior comfort and durability. The Mono Chrome Collection is available in a range of eye-popping colours and subtle washed tones. Men’s City Tech in Black-RedWhite; Black-Vapor-Lime Green; Silver-White-Red & Vapor-Indigo

Palladium will also introduce its new dip dye process to the Baggy Lite for men. The boot will be available in two variations of the ombré fade, including a mix of blues, as well as a green and aspen gold combination. The Lite Collection combines a molded rubber midsole with an EVA-injected outsole creating lightweight comfort, while Dri-Lex® linings wick moisture ensuring superior breathability during the warmer months.

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erforming in live concerts around the world, AlkaYagnik, a classically trained artist, has been one of the leading playback singers in Bollywood since the late 1980s. She began singing bhajans for Akashvani (All India Radio), Calcutta at the age of six. Her first song was for the film Payal Ki Jhankaar in (1980), followed by Laawaris (1981) with the hit song “Mere Angane Mein”, followed by the film Hamari Bahu Alka (1982). She got her big break with the song “Ek Do Teen” from the superhit film Tezaab (1988). The song turned her into a star overnight and went on to become a pop hit, also winning her a Filmfare Best Female Playback Award. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was also a career maker for her, as she along with Udit Narayan became household names. She has sung in many languages other than Hindi and has worked with various Indian composers. She has collaborated with awardwinning lyricist Javed Akhtar and noted singer Hariharan Albums such as “Tum Yaad Aaye”, “Tum Aaye” and “Shairana”. Alka shares the title with Asha Bhosle for the greatest number of Filmfare Awards won by a single female playback singer. She sat as judge of various Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge shows, and Star Voice of India, both singing competition shows, in which children or adults of various age groups compete with one another to win the award for best vocals. In addition to this, her song “Chamma Chamma” from China Gate was featured in the song “Hindi Sad Diamonds” from the soundtrack of the film Moulin Rouge! In 2012 she sang with Sonu Nigam ‘Shiksha Ka Suraj’ as part of National Literacy Mission of India for which she was felicitated by Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal. At the celebration of 100 years of Hindi Cinema, her song “Taal Se Taal Mila” from the movie Taal was voted as the best song of the century in a poll conducted by Desi Martini, Hindustan Times and Fever 104.

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BNA Bollywood group members performing at Alka Yagnik show, October 28th, 2012

Alka Yagnik, interacting with Audience

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Alka Yagnik with sponsor, Ambreen Azhar

Alka Yagnik at Indian Sweet Master

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A Memorable Night with Alka Yagnik Mirage Entertainments & Promotions in association with Indian Sweet Master presented the Melody Queen AlkaYagnik, on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Rose Theatre in Brampton. The show was also brought together with the assistance from sponsors like Design 8000 Hairstyling school, and Ambreen Azhar Fashion House and media partners Asian Television Network and Desi Beats (CINA Radio). AlkaYagnik with her mesmerizing voice along with one of the renowned Bollywood playback singer Chetan Rana attracted a sold out affair with about 900 in attendance. AlkaYagnik proved why she is the heartthrob of millions of music lovers, credited with singing for over 700 Indian films and a seven-time winner of the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award. She thrilled the audience with all of her award winning songs, including “Ek Do Teen” from the film Tezaab; “Choli Ke Peeche” from the film Khalnayak; “Meri Mehbooba” from the film Pardes; “Taal Se Taal” from the film Taal; “Dil Ne Yeh Kaha” from the film Dhadkan; as well as “Ringa Ringa” from the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Along with her exceptional singing, Alka also kept the audience engaged with stand-up comedy and shayree (poetry)… for which she was applauded by the viewers.

“Down the memory Lane with Mahalakshmi Iyer and Chetan Rana” After the grand success of AlkaYagnik show (October 28th, 2012 at Rose Theatre, Brampton), Mirage Entertainments & Promotions is proud to present a nigth of celebration for 100 years of Bollywood Music and Indian Cinema on March 17th, 2013 at Living Arts Center. A joint presentation by Mirage Entertainments & Promotions and Amar Bhatia. This show will be highlighted by mesmerizing performances by Mahalakshmi Iyer who gave her beautiful voice to many major Bollywood hits in the last couple of years. Some of the major hit movies that Mahalakshmi Iyer sang for include Bunty & Babli, Don, Patiala House, Salam Namaste and many more. JAN. / FEB. 2013 75


November 11 marked yet another stellar DJ Rekha event launching Beat Bazaar Music and Rajé Shwari was there to perform for the prestigious event. With her dancers and dhol player all lined up, Rajé performed songs new and old at Brooklyn Bowl. “It was truly an honor and pleasure to support a pioneer like DJ Rekha, I wish her the best with her label Beat Bazaar Music. The crowd was really receptive and enjoyed my performance which was a great feeling because I showcased music from my own label Bollyhood Records. This was truly the highlight for me.” Rajé says as she reflects on the evening. Rajé Shwari has been busy working in the studio on new music and is ready to make her solo debut in 2012. Rajé’s debut album I’m Famous in Bollyhood is due out in the first half of next year complete with singles, videos, and exclusive free downloads of unreleased music for her fans starting now with “Average Bitch” featuring H-Dhami. Stay tuned!

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Rajé Shwari’s Brooklyn Bowl Performance: Website: (free download of “Average Bitch” featuring H-Dhami) Twitter: Facebook: YouTube:

Raoul Juneja (aka Deejay Ra) is the latest Canadian hip-hop luminary to be recognized as part of Toronto promoter Fred E. Fame’s “Great Canadian Hip-Hop Trading Card Collection”. Known as the closest thing to a Canadian “HipHop Hall of Fame”, the collection has already received the support of the likes of KRS-One among other American hip-hop legends. Raoul currently appears as the news host and music coordinator for Canada’s urban music TV show “V-MIX”, which airs across the country prime-time each Sunday evening. The show gives special focus to multicultural artists, particularly from the contemporary South Asian music scene such as Jay Sean, Raghav, Anjulie, Mandeep Sethi, Culture Shock, and many others. V-MIX wrapped up its first season this past August as the first Canadian media to speak to Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra about her upcoming English pop album being produced by Lady Gaga’s team. V-MIX also featured rap legend Snoop Dogg in their season one finale, who had previously worked with Raoul for a Canadian film festival premiere of Snoop’s “Singh is King” Bollywood music video. 76 JAN. / FEB. 2013

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CANADIAN HIP-HOP VEEJAY COMMEMORAT Raoul’s first interviews for the 2nd season of V-MIX are none other than “The Godfather of Canadian Hip-Hop” Maestro Fresh-Wes (known worldwide for his hit 1989 ‘Let Your Backbone Slide’ single) and renowned American poet/actor Saul Williams. A well known media personality in Canada over the past ten years, Raoul is the first veejay to be featured as part of “Legends of the Fame: The Great Canadian Hip-Hop Trading Card Collection”. Raoul’s trading card will hit the streets in November 2012, timed with V-MIX’s 1 year anniversary and shortly after the launch of the show’s 2nd season. Born in Toronto but raised in New York, Raoul returned to Toronto in the mid 1990's, immediately becoming part of the growing Canadian hip-hop scene. Raoul’s first college radio series “Comedy Meets Hip-Hop” featured Canadian comedians such as Russell Peters and artists such as Choclair, while his initial foray into TV landed him the first North American interview of world renowned producer Panjabi MC. Raoul even became the first hip-hop deejay to write an op-ed for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe & Mail.

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WHERE THERE’S A WILL Vikas Kohli has written the music for Sawitri Threatre’s production of “Where There’s A Will”. This was the first full-length play written by Indian playwright Mahesh Dattani. CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS This year the Gemini Awards for Canadian television and the Genie Awards for Canadian film have merged into the Canadian Screen Awards. Vikas Kohli has been selected to be part of the inaugural jury for recognizing the best talent in Canadian film, TV, and digital media. “Someone must have switched the ballots for jury selection,” jests Kohli adding, “I feel that I'm reviewing the work of Canadians who I look up to. It’s humbling and an honour to be selected to be a part of such a prestigious event.”

Vikas Kohli’s Association With Gemini/Genie Awards, Award-Winning Indian Playright, & Award-Winning Canadian Director Composer and Music Producer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs is keeping busy with a myriad of projects. The following is a summary of three such projects.

TED ON TRADING CARD! Raoul is also founder of a ‘Hip-Hop Literacy’ campaign, for which he arranged hip-hop themed book giveaways and appeared at schools to read to students across Ontario. Working with charities such as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Raoul’s campaign also received the support of numerous celebrities such as Michael Madsen, Jasmine Guy, Robert Forster, Sarita Choudhury and even Sticky Fingaz among others. Raoul has received awards from the Province of Ontario, commendations from the Government of Canada, and even recognition from Nelson Mandela for his various educational initiatives and community work. In 1996, Raoul was co-executive producer of the Tupac ten year anniversary commemorative album “A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle” alongside Tupac’s incarcerated freedom fighter stepfather, Dr. Mutulu Shakur. The album featured Tupac’s brother Mopreme Shakur (of Thug Life), The Outlawz, Johnny “J”, and TQ among others. Created in 2011 by Fred E. Fame, “Legends Of The Fame: The Great Canadian Hip-Hop Trading Card Collection” features talent from all aspects of Urban entertainment and the Hip-Hop community. For more about Raoul visit his official web site: For a behind-the-scenes look at Raoul's trading card shoot, along with his interview of legendary hip-hop photographer Ernie Paniccioli on “V-MIX on OMNI”, visit: http:// 1780422535001.000000/from-our-land-to-the-islands/ For more about Fred E. Fame’s “Great Canadian Hip-Hop Trading Card Collection” visit:

MALLA MALL Vikas Kohli has written the music for the feature documentary MallaMall, by award-winning director Lalita Krishna. The film tackles how the affluent middle-class in India have created demand for superstores that threaten the small entrepreneurs of traditional bazaars and corner stores. “We used the music in MallaMall to reflect where we are chronologically and geographically in the film. Perceptive viewers will hear South Indian flavours in shots of the Bangalore farmers market and Punjabi flavours in shots of Dehli; And the music evolves with the influx of western corporations,” comments Kohli who also points out “Unusual for documentaries, I wrote the background score as well as several songs. This included an original Bollywood song, a song created from an ancient Sanskrit prayer, and creating a modern arrangement of a devotional Bhajan.” MallaMall has so far screened at the Calgary International Film Festival, Vancouver South Asian Film Festival, and FILMI Toronto's South Asian Film Festival. About Vikas Kohli Vikas Kohli of FatLabs is the first composer to receive the Trailblazer Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival, the first composer to receive a Voice Achievers Award and he also received a MARTY award from the Mississauga Arts Council. As a composer he has worked with award-winning artists and filmmakers from Canada, India, USA as well as major motion Bollywood films.

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Suspension Oval, by Marie José Gustave Upcycled cardboard. Photo: MJ Gustave

Table lamp by Lampi Lampa Upcycled kitchen objects and other pieces

Coffee table «Short-circuit collection ‘CC1’», by MCPLebeuf Upcycled high voltage insulator, stainless steel, glass.

Monde Ruelle

Coffee table «Tas de bois» by Stéphanie Beaudoin Upcycled wood barrel, glass. Photo: Stéphanie Beaudoin

Promoting sustainable and responsible products


onde Ruelle is a unique business in Quebec. Unique because it is a pioneer in its domain, but mostly because of the creative minds it represents! Unique because it’s a shop dedicated to ecodesign and upcycling art where

nearly 50 local artists, designers and artisans have presented their work over the last four years. Furniture, lighting and home objects are made available to the public in an environment where the decor changes with Console «Tour de France» by Patrick Ducreux Upcycled bicycle parts. seasons and exhibits. Photo: Agence Monde Ruelle Unique as well for its distribution network. For 30 designers and artisans, this means market development done for them. A network of over twenty businesses and institutions (Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Design Exchange in Toronto, to name a few) who now sell Quebec made products, sustainable and responsible. A network that goes beyond 80 JAN. / FEB. 2013

Quebec’s borders all the way to Toronto and Calgary. Architects and interior designers as well, who specify Quebec’s creations in their projects. That is not counting on special projects and events which allow to represent, outside of the shop and the network, the talent of this creative bunch. Unique, one more time, by all the communication and PR work being done: participation in TV programs, newspaper and magazine articles. Communication through medias, the

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Suspension «New Wave» by Véronique Lamarre Upcycled CDs and aluminum Photo: Agence Monde Ruelle

Table lamp «Collection Court Jester, ‘Ear’» by Marie-Michèle Gagnon Concrete and steel. Photo: MMGagnon

Bench or table «Map», by System-D Concrete and mahogany Photo: System-D

HISTORY SEPTEMBER 2006: Mon de Ruelle was founde d by Marie-Claude Pa Soucy, artist-decorator renteau-Lebeuf, desig . Monde Ruelle, literal ner, and Hubert ly meaning «world ba Montreal where the fo ck alley», the alleys an unders find the things d streets of they will create furnitu their era, these everyd re and objects from. Tr ay artefacts are what ue witness to impassions them: for become once diverted what they represent an from their original func d what they tion. According to their reinvent furniture and find, Marie-Claude an accessories for the ho d Hubert me, utilitarian art and DECEMBER 2008: Open decorative objects. ing of the Monde Ruell e Gallery. This unique two founders to prom boutique in Montreal ote their products and will allow the those of others. Becaus street, Marie-Claude de e the gallery is not loca cides to create reason ted on a main s for clients and visito elaborated, which allow rs to come back: them s her to present the pie atic exhibits are ces in a particular cont Through the course of ext and promote the wo its first year of existen rk to the medias. ce, the gallery will ho more than twenty peop st and promote the wo le. This number will do rk of a little uble in the course of th art of recycling now ha e second year. Ecodes ve an official home an ign and the d indisputable place fo NOVEMBER 2010: Afte r diffusion, unique in r 2 years of promotio Qu ebec. n, something becomes sales person and it se very clear: not everyo ems to Marie-Claude th ne is a good at it is rather difficult creative work and prom for most creators to ju otion. Marie-Claude Pa gg le bo th renteau-Lebeuf finds and Nancy Brault to fo perfect associates in Ju und Monde Ruelle Ag lie Br ise bois ency. This agency will and its creators throug be in charge of promot h the gallery, do the m in g th e wo rk arket research and de community of boutique velopment for them an s and commerce who’ d develop a ve taken an interest in this type of work.

website as well as social networks, which results in hearing about one or more of their creatives on a monthly basis and increasing the number of people recognizing their work, here and abroad. Since the opening of the shop in 2008, the number of creatives promoted by Monde Ruelle has gone from 5 to 50. Each month, they find new talents through their search or portfolios that come in regularly.

Small table «XIV» by Tat Chao Upcycled glass dishes Photo: Tat Chao Design

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Dunnes Stores Eclectic Glazed Vase Eclectic Velvet Lamp Shade Eclectic Floral Embroidery Cushion Eclectic Coloured Notebook

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Skating at Bonsecours Market

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Winter W onderland Nowhere is winter as warm, friendly and full of fun as in MontrĂŠal.u JAN. / FEB. 2013 85

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Maison Saint-Gabriel, Museum and Historic Site

Place Ville Marie / Christmas tree Skating at the Old Port of Montréal © Quays of the Old Port of Montréal, Paul Labelle Photographes

sounds of the ever-original Port Symphonies. By day, outdoor enthusiasts take to the many ice-skating rinks, such as Beaver Lake on Mount Royal or Bonsecours Basin in the Old Port, while others might prefer to glide indoors at places like 1000 De La Gauchetière, Montréal’s tallest skyscraper. Tobogganing or cross-country skiing, anyone? Don’t be surprised if you chance upon city dwellers with a laptop in one hand and snowshoes in the other: it’s a Montréal thing! Taking the chill out of the air is Igloofest, an electronic music extravaganza that draws a contemporary crowd a thousand strong under the big top on any given night. Then, come spring, it’s time for a good, old-fashioned sugaring-off party to savour a fresh harvest of maple flavours!

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or Montréalers, quality of life is a year round affair. Because the way we see it, life is meant to be lived, even in the depths of winter. Snuggled up indoors, it’s impossible to experience the sparkling wonders of the city! In the central core, Montréal’s vast underground city is ripe with possibilities: shopping, entertainment, cultural events, get-togethers, even a stop at the climatecontrolled Biodôme,with the temperature outdoors never a worry. Do, however, step outside to stroll bustling city streets. Magically decked out in seasonal garb, Montréal’s homes and businesses are certain to warm the heart. This dazzling celebration extends to city museums and exhibitions such as “Who is the real Santa Claus?” and the Oratory’s famed collection of nativity scenes from around the world. In February, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival treats urbanites to a mélange of outdoor entertainment, bars and braseros, portside fireworks, world premiere indoor performances, and a delectable series of wine and culinary events. Leading local restaurateurs invite internationally renowned chefs to dazzle festivalgoers with exceptional menu offerings. Trendy night owls delight in the Montréal All Nighter lineup of over a hundred one-of-a-kind activities. In early March, the Old Port reverberates with the

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Winter evening, Montréal

Mashed Coconut Yams with Cardamom “This is one of my favorite holiday side dishes. My mom always made candied yams for the holidays, which were loaded with sugar and butter and oh so good, but this dish is much healthier and just as tasty. I love the creaminess of yams when you mash them up. It’s like eating candy!” 4 SERVINGS Ingredients: 3 large garnet yams 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk ½ teaspoon cardamom ½ teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Scrub the skins of the yams and dry. Poke multiple holes in the yams with a fork and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 30 minutes or until they are soft all the way through. Remove from the oven. Let them cool slightly and then carefully remove the skin and scoop the flesh out into a bowl. Add the coconut milk, cardamom, and salt, and mash them together using a fork or spoon. Serve immediately.

The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook: 125+ Plant-Based Vegan Recipes for a Fit, Happy, Healthy You By Melissa Costello Foreword by Tony Horton The more than 7 million vegetarians and 3 million vegans in the United States alone are proving that chowing down on planet-friendly fare not only helps them look and feel better, but it can be delicious too. In her debut cookbook, Karma Chow creator and celebrity chef, Melissa Costello shares an exciting collection of 125+ recipes that will be a welcome addition for anyone already following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or for the growing number of people embracing more plant-based meals. As personal chef to celebrity fitness guru Tony Horton, creator of the bestselling P90X® fitness system, Melissa is constantly finding creative ways to keep Tony and her other clients happy, fit, and fueled. With her “keep it simple” and “make it tasty” approach, she offers a smorgasbord of dairy- and animal-free appetizers and

desserts, breakfasts, and dinners, as well as holidayand company-worthy menus. The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook shows anyone how to reconnect with their food and honor it as Earth’s source for keeping us alive–all while finding it easier to rock their workouts and sculpt a welldefined physique. It's a winning recipe for success for anyone looking to transition to a healthier way of life! For more information, please visit:

Melissa Costello, Culinary Nutritionist, Wellness Coach, Karma Chow Founder and Celebrity Chef, makes it easier than ever to look great and eat healthier in the New Year with her new book, The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook. With the holidays approaching, Melissa’s book makes a great gift for family and friends who want to look their best in 2013. With the foreword written by celebrity fitness guru Tony Horton, who not only endorses her recipes but loves them, he credits Melissa’s food with giving him the fuel he needs to sleep well, heal his body and generally perform better. JAN. / FEB. 2013 89


Bone Disease and its effects on the Jaw Dr. Neha Sood MD in collaboration with Dr. Ramit Joshi DDS


steonecrosis of the jaw is a severe and rare bone disease that is another tie that brings medicine and dentistry together and is a relatively new disease to both medical and dental literature. As the population is aging, more and more people are developing osteoporosis and take bisphosphonates for treatment which is prescribed by their physician. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone which is characterized by low bone mass and causes deterioration in architecture of the bone tissue and causing increase in bone fragility. The disease itself has no symptoms. But it leads to increased risk of bone fractures which is the most dangerous reality of the disease. The fractures can happen in the vertebral column, hip, rib and wrist. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry DEXA scan is considered the gold standard for diagnosis of osteoporosis. At age 65, routine screening for osteonecrosis by bone mineral density measurements via DEXA scan is recommended in all female patients. Currently in men, screening is only recommended for those who are at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Approximately 8 million women and 2 million men in the US have osteoporosis. Even though there are slight variations in treatment recommendations, most of the treatment with bisphosphonates is recommended for 3-5 years. Bisphosphonates related osteonecrosis of the jaw is a condition in which bones of the maxillofacial skeleton become necrotic, die and are exposed to the oral cavity. Bisphosphonates affect the turnover of the

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bone and also inhibit how the bone repairs. They can be given orally and intravenously to the patients. Usually patients are taking them for 4-5 years before they develop osteonecrosis. The necrosis happens exclusively in the jaw as it’s an area of high bone turnover because of daily bone remodeling around the periodontal ligaments. Even though the risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw is small with bisphosphonates, physicians should advise their patients of this small risk and also should advise them to have a dental exam either prior to or shortly after starting treatment. Risk factors for the disease include long-term steroid treatment, alcohol abuse, joint injuries and having certain diseases such as arthritis and cancer.

Head and Neck Cancer, as challenging of a disease it is, the treatment is not any easier either and often requires radiation therapy or chemotherapy. The initial effects of such therapy can be dryness to the oral mucosa called Xerostomia but osteoradionecrosis is also another complication of the radiation

ABOUT DR. RAMIT JOSHI Hey fashion and dental enthusiasts, Dr. Ramit Joshi your seasoned Dentist, grew up in United Arab Emirates and graduated with a Doctor in Dental Surgery in 2003, Since then has stayed connected in his profession with Advanced Training in General Dentistry at Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and General Dentistry Residency at Boston University Henry Goldman School of

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Dental Medicine Post Doctoral Program therapy. Osteoradionecrosis which in layman terms is radiation damage to the bone that result in death of the bone. The upper and lower jaw bone has end arterial blood supply which is only oxygenated blood hence the importance; if these arteries are occluded the blood supply is completely cut off. Usually due to radiation exposure at the local site other factors such as periodontal gum disease, tooth infections, biopsy, dental extractions, denture irritations can cause delayed healing and may develop into osteoradionecrosis. Symptoms are similar for both of these conditions and majority of patients usually present with pain, swelling, cellulitis etc. Physical exam findings include jaw bone exposure, fistula formation and signs of clinical infection. However, in osteoradionecrosis, due to the radiation exposure there is missing hair follicles, surface texture changes, and color changes that assist clinicians in assessment of the area of radiation injury. In both cases, most patients respond well, though slowly, to conservative treatments for both the control of pain and long-term oral antibiotic therapy. In cases that do not respond well to antibiotic therapy, local debridement, or the removal of the infected bone, is an option in more severe cases. Hyperbaric treatments raise tissue oxygen levels which can affect the healing process and give greater infection control. More advanced cases usually require surgical intervention. Generally patients will not require alterations in routine dental treatment, it is important as always to visit your dentist every 6 months for an exam and cleaning especially if undergoing treatment with bisphosphonates and to prevent dental infections due to tooth decay or periodontal disease.

from Boston, Massachusetts. Licensed and practicing Dentistry in Ohio since 2006, in capacity of Managing Clinical Dental Director in Cleveland and suburbs providing Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery and Comprehensive General Dental Care. Held Lead Dentist position handling Pediatric needs for patients below 21 years of age as well as managing the functioning of busy dental practices and providing clinical care to offices in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus Ohio. Currently practicing Cosmetic and Family Comprehensive Dental care incorporating his years of experience in both Adult and Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Ramit Joshi

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