Meet the team


Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Izchak Barzilay is the founder and CEO of the Build Your Smile Dental Foundation. He is a world-renowned prosthodontist, lecturer, and dental researcher.   His research and teaching activities have brought with it accolades and awards from multiple national and international bodies. 


In addition to his leadership roles over the years, he is currently incoming President of the American Prosthodontic Society and will be president of the Academy of Prosthodontics in 2023.  He has always had a passion for volunteerism and most recently has spent time providing services to the underserved populations at home and abroad.


Education and advancing others in the dental field is very important to Dr. Barzilay, and he has mentored countless people throughout his career.  His experiences in Uganda with Bridge to Health Medical and Dental as well as his organizational experiences at home have helped develop his passion for the work that is to come with the Foundation. 


When not actively working at home or at one of his multiple teaching assignments, he enjoys skiing and traveling to some of the most extreme locations on the planet.


Chief of Global Development

Dr. Evangelos Rossopoulos received his dental degree from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (his hometown), Greece, in 1980. He completed his graduate studies in general dentistry and prosthodontics at the Eastman Institute of Oral Health in Rochester, New York. He is an assistant professor at the Department of Prosthodontics at Eastman Institute of Oral Health, and is a Community-Based Clinical Educator at UCLA.


Dr. Ross is a member of the American and International Colleges of Prosthodontists, American Prosthodontic Society, the American and International College of Dentists, and both the California and American Dental Associations. He is a past President of the Tri-County Dental Society, serves as a Vice President at the Council of the American Prosthodontic Society and a is a member of the California Dental Association Board of managers for Scientific Sessions. Dr. Ross has been involved with dental missions in California as one of the prosthodontic leads for the CDA Cares events and has served and organized several international outreach programs in Sri Lanka and Zambia.


Dr. Ross enjoys watching and playing basketball, listening to music, and singing Greek songs with his guitar. He is passionate about traveling abroad and experiencing different cultures. Dr. Ross will help grow our international outreach capabilities by scouting prospective new locations that are in need of our services. 


Chief of Clinical Operations, Domestic

Dr. Elahe Behrooz joins the team bringing with her a wealth and breadth of knowledge and experience that is unparalleled. Having trained as a dentist in Iran, and having obtained her MBA from Carleton University when she immigrated to Canada.


Her drive to be a dentist was so strong that she attended the University of Toronto to once again become a licensed dentist and furthered her training to become a prosthodontist. She is a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontists, The American Prosthodontic Society, and the OKU honorary dental society. She has received numerous awards and has authored multiple academic papers.


She enjoys traveling to explore our world, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Behrooz will be directing our clinical missions and overlooking the operations of the clinical teams.


Chief of Clinical Operations, International

Dr. Bahrami practices as a periodonist and implant surgeon. She obtained her DDS in Iran and continued her dental education in Canada. As such, she is uniquely positioned to understand the varying cultural requirements of international communities.


Dr. Bahrami initially joined our team as a volunteer, and very quickly knew that she wanted to contribute on a more consistent basis. Her leadership skills and take-charge attitude made her the perfect person to be the general on the ground, organizing daily operations on our international outreach trips.

Not only is she an accomplished dentist and dedicated to giving back, but she is also an accomplished academic and is a clinical instructor at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and International Congress of Implantology.


Chief Operating Officer

Caroline brings a vibrant energy and passion for philanthropy to the team. She volunteers her time both locally and internationally and has been a vital member of multiple outreach and education trips to Uganda as a volunteer with Bridge to Health and the Build Your Smile Dental Foundation. 


Caroline is a believer in sharing knowledge and education as a means of progressing professionally. She has developed herself as an engaging public speaker and has addressed various conferences, study clubs, and continuing education centers. Caroline is the co-founder of our local initiative which serves underprivileged female residents in Toronto shelters. Caroline is committed to progressive professional development and is currently studying towards a certification in Management of Non-Profit and Volunteer Sector at George Brown College in Toronto. 


Caroline is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Build Your Smile Dental Foundation, as well as developing the international programs.


Chief Financial Officer

Mariela’s passions are unparalleled.  She loves working with people and helping them foster their development to become the best version of themselves. She has over 30 years of experience in the dental field and has developed herself into an indispensable team member.


Mariela has studied Sales and Marketing at Humber College, is an advisor at George Brown College, and has received her Dental Practice Management Certificate from the University of Toronto. She has received her Human Resources Management certification and is working towards her designation as a Certified Human Resources Professional.


On her personal time she loves spending time with her family and exploring different cultures around the world. Mariela has also volunteered with Bridge To Health – Medical and Dental, North York Harvest Food Bank and provides aid to Toronto’s homeless community. Mariela is responsible for overseeing fundraising and ensuring that the Build Your Smile Dental Foundation’s finances are in order, allowing us to maximize our efforts and help as many people as possible.


Chief Marketing Officer

Elyte joins the Build Your Smile Dental Foundation team with a background in marketing, digital media, and nutrition science.  She received her MBA from the University of Toronto and has translated her academic achievements into various entrepreneurial endeavors.


She is passionate about helping those less fortunate, especially those overlooked at home, and is excited to grow the domestic arm of the Build Your Smile Dental Foundation. She volunteers her time with our furry, four-legged friends, is passionate about travel, skiing, and cooking healthy food.


Elyte is responsible for developing and implementing marketing outreach initiatives and events.

Our organization is run entirely by our devoted team of volunteers.

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2300 Yonge Street
Suite 905 Box 2334
Toronto, Ontario, Canada



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