Our Team


Dr. Silva studied dentistry and graduated from The Colombian College of Dentistry in 1992. After practicing dentistry for 4 years, Dr. Silva went to the Queen Mary and WestfieldCollege at the University of London, England in 1997 and obtained a diploma in Clinical Pharmacology. In 1998 she went on to get a Masters Degree in the Science of Gerodontics at St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of London. Dr. Silva also published a paper on Microbiology and Immunology in 1999. Dr. Silva chose Canada as her home in 2000 and settled in the east end of Toronto. The Gates Dental Centre opened the same year which was the culmination of a cherished dream she had since her college days – a dream to have a dental office that is more than just a ‘money making endeavor’. She wanted to practice ‘traditional dentistry’, the old fashioned way that uses the one on one approach rather than the ‘assembly line’ approach that is commonly seen in dental offices today. Dr. Silva is also a member in good standing of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association.

Dr. Silva is completely dedicated to her profession and uses cutting edge technology in the state of the art facility that she calls her office. Her continued desire to learn and excel in what she does is demonstrated through various courses and hands on workshops like externships for implants and oral surgery at the Misch International Implant Institute that she undertakes a number of times through out the year. Dr. Silva is a believer in a very companionate way of practicing Dentistry, which makes her so well loved with our patients, old and young alike.  When Dr. Silva is not at the office or spending time with her family you would most likely find her under water – Scuba Diving to be precise. She is an ardent Scuba Diver and belongs to the SUCI (Scarborough Under Water Club).


Maryam Eskandar has been with The Gates Dental Centre since 2002. With Dr. Silva’s continued guidance & support coupled with her friendly and soft nature, she has earned the love and respect of the rest of the team and the patients too. Maryam is always besides Dr. Silva lending a helping hand and assisting Dr. Silva with all her patients. She loves her job and tries her best to make patients feel as comfortable as possible, so that they are at ease in the dental chair.



Joelle is a proud graduate of Durham College. She loves teaching patients about oral health. She also takes a particular interest in helping patients have fun during their dental cleaning’s. When she’s not having fun at work you can catch her cycling, golfing, curling with her husband or just relaxing with a cup of tea!




Elba Madero is the newest addition to our team since 2010 and brings with her over twenty years of experience in the dental field. Elba’s infectious laugh and great sense of humour have made her an instant favourite with our patients. Elba is very articulated; thorough and organized with whatever she does which helps her remain calm at the most stressful of times. She lives in the east end as well with her husband and 3 kids. Elba also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.



Athena is a graduate from Oxford College. She is a friendly and outgoing hygienist who loves her career. She likes to take the time to educate her patients on proper oral care. Her goal is to have every patient leave their appointment with a smile.