Our Team

Dr. Don A Friedlander, BSc, DDS 


Dr. Don Friedlander was born and raised in Montreal. He graduated with a BSc in biochemistry from McGill University, and then continued on at McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry for his DDS degree. He subsequently did a surgical/prosthetic hospital residency in Montreal before coming to Ottawa to join an established practice on Elgin Street. That practice soon moved to larger premises on O’Connor Street, where we remained until November of 2015. Just recently we have relocated to Lansdowne Park to better serve our patients.

Over several decades of practice, Dr. Friedlander has built a reputation as a consummate professional who combines a passion for dentistry with a commitment to providing a lifetime of dental excellence for his patients. He enjoys his profession to the fullest, having fun doing work he has a passion for, assisted by people with true talent and dedication. His passion for the profession is also evident in the fact that he is a past-president of both the Ontario Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association.

Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality dental care in a state-of-the-art environment. We use the most advanced and effective materials and techniques in the dental field today. We offer a patient-centered dental office that delivers respect, comfort, competency, education, and patient-appropriate care.

Charlene Code (CDA / PDA)


Charlene is Dr. Friedlander’s preventive dental assistant. She has been a devoted member of Dr. Friedlander's team for 24 wonderful years.

Charlene has a passion for her profession. She prides herself in providing a friendly, caring, and professional environment, making sure your experience is relaxing and enjoyable. In order to provide the best care possible, she regularly participates in continuing education courses in her field. Charlene strives to not only provide our patients with excellent care but also to educate and inform all our patients on their dental health.

In her free time, Charlene loves spending time with her family and loved ones.

Louise Duquette (RDH)


Louise grew up in Ottawa and speaks both French and English fluently. She began her career in the dental field working alongside Dr. Friedlander as his chairside assistant. Since becoming a registered dental hygienist in 1990, she has continued to strive for excellence by attending countless continuing education courses.

Louise’s goal is to help patients obtain the best oral health possible. As a member of various professional dental associations, she stays up to date with the latest information and changes in the profession. She is also committed to making your dental experience a positive and comfortable one with her friendly approach. Over the years, Louise has developed strong friendships with many of her patients. As the relationship between oral and systemic health continues to be explored, Louise knows how important it is to identify risk factors and educate her patients in the prevention of oral health diseases.

Louise is the mother of two athletic teenage boys and loves spending time with her family and friends. She is a huge sports enthusiast who enjoys playing hockey and ringette, roller-skating, and skiing. She also likes biking, gardening, and watching movies.

Brenda Matys (RDH)


Brenda, a Maritimes native, moved to Ottawa in 1974. She graduated from the Algonquin College Dental Hygiene program in 1984 and has been a practicing dental hygienist ever since. She has been a member of Dr. Friedlander's team since 1985.

Brenda loves her profession and truly enjoys assisting and educating patients in all facets of oral care and wellness. Actively continuing her education through courses and conferences in the field, she prides herself on being an active member of the professional community and helping patients achieve and maintain optimum periodontal health.

When she isn’t keeping your smile immaculate, Brenda keeps herself busy with her home and family life. She enjoys travelling, running outside, and spending time with her son and daughter.

Donna Paquette (RDH / RRDH)


Donna has lived in Ottawa for most of her life. She graduated from Algonquin College’s Dental Assisting program in 1981 and immediately started working with Dr. Friedlander. She shortly returned to Algonquin to study dental hygiene and came back to Dr. Friedlander’s team as a dental hygienist in 1984. She then decided to go back to school one last time to study restorative dental hygiene, graduating in 1987 with honours, before returning to the practice, where she has been helping patients achieve excellent oral health ever since. Donna has also been a clinical instructor at Algonquin College since 1999. Her specialities include restorative dental hygiene and 29 years of paediatric dentistry.

Donna enjoys providing optimum dental care for her patients and takes pleasure in the relationships she establishes. She also enjoys life at her home in the countryside with her family and friends.

Shelley Smegal (CDA / CDR)


Shelley, our receptionist, is the friendly voice you hear every time you call. She has over 24 years of experience as a dental receptionist. Her vast experience in the field and passion for working with people give her the unique ability to walk you through your treatment plans and answer any questions you may have, while making you feel welcome and at home in our office.

Shelley was born and raised in Ottawa. In her spare time, she likes to make jewellery and spend time with her husband and two children.