Dr. John N. Odai completed his pre-dentistry education at the University of Alberta. He went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Manitoba in 1995. Following graduation, he was accepted into a one-year General Practice Residency program at the Denver General Hospital, now known as the Denver Health Medical Center. After completing his residency program, Dr. Odai moved to Ottawa in 1996, where he was in general practice until 2004.
In 2006, he completed the Master’s Specialty program in Endodontics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Odai then returned to Ottawa where he and his long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Thompson, opened Capital Endodontics in 2006.
A recognized member of the dental community, Dr. Odai is actively involved in organized dentistry on the local, provincial and national stage. He has served on several committees of the Ottawa Dental Society including as its president from 2011 to 2012. He represents Ottawa as a general council member of the Ontario Dental Association, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, representing his specialty of Endodontics.
In 2018, Dr. Odai was recognized for his exemplary work and dedication to the dental profession by being inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a distinction held by 4% of Canadian dentists.
A proud father of two boys, John is an avid sportsman who enjoys a spirited soccer game, as well as a good round of golf.
Dr. Mike Thompson completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at McGill University in 1994, followed by a one-year General Practice Residency program at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. He moved to Ottawa in 1995 and set up his private practice in Orleans in 1997. In 2003 he was accepted into the Post Graduate Endodontic specialty program at the University of Toronto.
After completing his specialty training in 2006, Dr. Thompson returned to Ottawa, where he joined his long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Odai, in opening Capital Endodontics.
Mike is a scuba diver and loves travelling to exotic locations in the world where there is great diving. He also loves to travel to discover new places, people and cultures. However, recently any spare time he has is spent playing undercover police and catching speeders with his awesome little man, who would like to grow up to be an undercover dentist!
Dr. Ben Sohmer is an Anesthesiologist in the Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He also works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sohmer completed a BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University in Montreal in 1996. In 2000, he earned his MD from Dalhousie University in Halifax. In 2005, he went on to gain certification as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) in Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa. He completed a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. in 2006 and then went on to earn a Masters of Education at the University of Cincinnati in 2013. He is actively involved in medical curriculum development and lectures nationally and internationally on intra-operative echocardiogrpahic imaging.
Ben is married to Ali and they have two sons Jonah and Micah. Dr. Sohmer is fluent in English and French. We welcome you to read more about Dr. Sohmer on the Ottawa Heart Institute website.
Sylvia brings 37 years of dental office management experience to our office. She worked for Dr. Odai for 6 years as his office manager at his practice in Kanata until 2004.
Sylvia decided to continue this great relationship with Dr. Odai when he returned to Ottawa from his specialty training in 2006, and joined him and Dr. Thompson as the office manager when they founded Capital Endodontics.
She is affectionately known by the team as the “Boss Lady.”
Paula completed the dental assisting program at Algonquin College in 2001. She joined Capital Endodontics when our doors opened in 2006. Paula’s goal when greeting patients is to ensure they are well informed of what to expect from their visit at Capital Endodontics and help them feel comfortable and at ease.
One of the most rewarding parts of her job is the happiness and appreciation our patients have for what we do and hearing that they have had a wonderful experience.
Susan has enjoyed working at Capital Endodontics since 2013 in the capacity of administrative assistant. She is a “people person” who cares deeply about providing the best possible service to patients of all ages. Her friendly, smiling face will make you feel welcome and relaxed as you step into our reception area.
Susan is also a busy wife and grandmother of 3 young grandchildren.
Heather has been a certified dental assistant for 5 years. She completed her training in Victoria, British Columbia, where she fell in love with Endodontic treatment and knew she wanted to pursue a career in the field. She moved to Ottawa in 2017 with her husband for his military career.
She has been with Capital Endodontics since 2018. Her role is very unique as she is an administrative assistant as well as a dental assistant. This means she has the ability to schedule our patients’ appointments and then easily transition into assisting the doctors with consultations or treatments.
Her goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality of care, while making them feel welcome and comfortable in our office.
Jessica graduated from the dental assisting program at Career Canada in 2001 and joined our team in August 2007.
Gorica has been a proud member of Capital Endo since 2008, and has many years of experience in the dental field. She is so grateful to work in such a fun and caring environment, alongside the team of energetic and experienced people whose goal is to communicate well with our patients and to provide the best care possible. Her gentle touch and friendly chairside manner helps each patient feel more comfortable and relaxed during their visit.
Sabrina graduated from Career Canada College in 2002. After starting her dental assisting career in general practice, she joined our team in 2011.
Nicole graduated from the Dental Assisting (Levels I & II) Program at Algonquin College in 2008. Upon entering the dental field, she has enjoyed the many aspects the profession has to offer, including patient care and interaction, working in a team environment, as well as the ability to learn and grow in the advancing field.
Nicole has been a member of Capital Endodontics since 2015. She prides herself on helping ensure that the patient experience is comfortable, with a balance of professional and casual conversation.