Our Team

Meet Our Team

Our team of highly qualified professionals are committed to providing our patients the best kind of dental service available through continuous improvement. We encourage your comments and suggestions on how we can serve you better.


Your Dentists


Dr. Bayan Mottahed – DMD

Dr. Mottahed was born in the U.S but grew up in Vancouver. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology from the University of British Columbia and his dental degree (DMD) from Boston University. He is the new principal dentist of Mercato. He purchased the practice from Dr. M, his dad, in 2010 and has since updated the office with new dental and office equipment, software, as well as gave the office a facelift in 2011. Dr. Mottahed is also a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia.


Dr. Steve Mottahed – BDS, LDS, FDS, D.Orth

Dr. M is a graduate of the University of Manchester in England. After serving one year as a dental house officer, he entered general dental practice. Dr. M has advanced training which has led to a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as a Diploma in Orthodontics. Dr. M’s area of expertise is on cosmetic dentistry, particularly crowns and bridges. He currently holds a position as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.



Dr. Samantha Chong – DMD

Dr. Chong has been a full-time member of the Mercato dental team since 2009. She obtained her degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of British Columbia. She is currently an active member of the Vancouver District Dental Society. Dr. Chong enjoys all facets of dentistry but her strengths are in restorative, prosthodontic, and pediatric dentistry.


Dr. Rodney Shainbom – DMD

Dr. Shainbom graduated from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1977. He was in his own practice in Johannesburg until 1996 when he emigrated to Canada. He chose to live in Vancouver because of its natural beauty and milder climate.


Dr. Farnad Rezaie – DDS, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C)

Dr. Rezaie received his DDS degree in 1998 and MSc (Endodontics) in 2003. Prior to moving to Vancouver, he had been practicing as an Endodontist for more than 5 years. In 2010, he graduated from the University of British Columbia Dental School and in 2013 successfully completed the Specialty Assessment Program from the University of Toronto to become a Certified Specialist in Canada. His hobbies are soccer and skiing.



Dr. Parisa Pezeshkfar – DMD

Dr. Pezeshkfar graduated from the Semmelweis University (Budapest-Hungary) after completing her first dental degree (Doctorate of Dental Surgery) in 2011.

She moved to Canada after the completion of her Dental Medicine Doctorate (DMD) at UBC’s Faculty of dentistry, once more she started the practice of dentistry here in Vancouver. Dr. Pezeshkfar covers all aspects of general dentistry . She strongly believes that providing individuals with thorough information about their oral health can help them make better decisions when choosing between different treatment options and even following preventive measures.

Dr. Pezeshkfar is an active member of the Vancouver & District Dental Society (VDDS), British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) & the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and Vancouver Iranian Dental Association (VIDA). Her hobbies are jogging, hiking and cooking.


Your Hygienists


Monique Giblin, RDH Monique has been with us almost since opening day. She started out as an assistant and has since become one of the best hygienist we’ve ever seen. She received her Hygiene Diploma from Yorkville College in Toronto. Monique speaks English and Farsi.

Aman Basi, RDH Aman joined our dental team in 2009. She has been in the dental field for over 20 years, first as a CDA and then as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Her dental philosophy is to empower her patients with knowledge that would enable them to take care of their own oral health and general well-being.

Meaghan Maclachlan, RDH Meaghan studied Dental Hygiene at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, and has been practicing hygiene in Vancouver since her return to BC in 2009.  She joined the Mercato Dental team in March 2017.

Carlie Dyson, RDH Carlie completed an Advanced Diploma in dental hygiene at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She is dedicated to providing oral health education and maintaining patient comfort.