About the Doctors

Dr. Howard Black 

Dr. Howard Black graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry in 1981. After practicing dentistry in Scarborough for over 20 years, he and his wife Bonnie, the Office Manager, wanted to create a unique dental practice environment that would change the way patients would perceive going to the dentist. Their vision included a spa-like atmosphere with luxurious appointments designed to reduce patients’ anxiety and increase feelings of relaxation and comfort. And so Pine Ridge Dental Centre was conceived.

The result is a highly stylized, technologically advanced facility that is a pleasure for all ages. Dr. and Mrs. Black’s experience in patient management was integral in the planning and design, which supports the newest modalities of treatment and efficiencies in patient care.

Along with the ongoing development of the Centre, Dr. Black continues to enjoy all aspects of family dentistry, maintaining special interest in cosmetic enhancements, comprehensive restoration and orthodontics including Invisalign, of which he is one of Ontario’s highest volume Invisalign certified providers having achieved Premier Provider status in 2006.

Dr. Black is a member of many leading dental organizations including the Canadian Dental Association, the Ontario Dental Association and the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. Away from the office he enjoys outdoor activities, the cottage and boating.

Dr. and Mrs. Black look forward to meeting patients through their day offering their unique brand of hospitality and personal attention.

Dr. Friedman 

Dr. Lauren Friedman received her Honors Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Western Ontario. On receiving the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Graduate Scholarship she completed a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her research on cognitive impairment post stroke has been well-regarded. She went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Friedman has a keen passion for improving patient education and access to dental care. Participating in the Jamaica Dental Outreach program, she found offering free dental services in Jamaica, a very rewarding experience. While living in Florida, she also volunteered for Give Kids a Smile program, providing free dental care to children and highlighting the importance of childhood dental visits in the South Florida community. Committed to maintaining the highest level of comfort, Dr. Friedman treats her patients with a great deal of compassion, kindness and expertise. She strongly values continuing education and is focused on updating her skills to always provide the best dental treatment to her patients. She is a member of the Ontario Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association and the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity.

Outside the office, Dr. Friedman enjoys travelling where she finds her bilingual skills quite helpful. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and paddle boarding as well as spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Harminder Khambay 

Dr. Harminder Khambay was born and raised in the UK. He is a graduate of the University of Sheffield Dental School Class 2000 and is a keen advocate of continuing education. He has his Certificate of Restorative Dental Practice for the prestigious UCL Eastman Dental Institute in 2009. He has completed a research project on emergency dental care at NYU Dental School, as well as completing a clinical skills course at the University of Toronto. In 2012 he passed the Canadian NDEB exams which qualifies him to practice dentistry in both the UK and Canada. Dr. Khambay has experience in all aspects of dentistry and is committed to providing the highest standard of care to his patients.

Dr Khambay has past and present affiliations to many dental organizations including the Ontario Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association (affiliate member), British Dental Association, General Dental Council UK and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr Khambay loves to cook and go to the movies and in his spare times loves to spend time with his family and friends. He has a young daughter and loves bringing out his inner child.

Dr. Mohamed 

Dr Mohamed received his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Toronto. After a year of periodontal research at Mount Sinai Hospital, he attended Boston University and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree with Magna Cum Laude and the American Academy of Periodontology Dental Student of the Year Award for achievement in Periodontics in 2007.

He further persued his studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to complete his surgical training in Periodontics. During his residency he pioneered research in Platelet rich fibrin (an autologous blood derived material) and its numerous clinical applications and now conducts lectures across North America.

He has attained Diplomate status by the American board of Periodontology and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr. Mohamed will be providing cosmetic and reconstructive periodontal and implant surgery. He is a caring individual who shares our commitment and dedication to our patients. In his spare time he likes to read and spend time with family and friends.

Dr Soleymani 

Dr Soleymani graduated from dental schools in Sweden (the Karolinska Institute) and Canada (University of Manitoba). He has practiced dentistry in both countries. Throughout his dental education he has been engaged in clinical practice, including pediatric dental clinics, emergency dental clinics and hospital dentistry.

Dr Soleymani practices all aspects of dentistry and looks forward to knowing his patients, and love to educate them about preventative dentistry. He is a member of Ontario Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry.

On his free time Dr Soleymani enjoys spending time with family, friends and working out. He is also a soccer fan.

Dr Soleymani speaks four languages (English, French, Swedish and Farsi/Persian).