DENTAL STUDIO BRUNSWICK STREET | Family-focused Dental Care in Stratford, ON


Dr. Stephen Barlow

Born in Edmonton and raised in Vancouver, Dr. Barlow wanted to be a dentist from the earliest he can remember. His pursuit of this career led him through the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario and eventually to Stratford where he practices general dentistry with his wife and partner Dr. Alida Smisek.

Dr. Barlow strongly believes in continuing education and constant improvement of his skills and practice. He frequently attends seminars and courses all over North America to learn new skills and techniques. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Canadian Dental Association, the Ontario Dental Association, the International College of Oral Implantologists, and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. He insists on reinvestment in new equipment and technologies at the clinic in order to provide ideal treatment and an optimal experience for the patient. In his opinion, dentistry can be practiced with a smile and a laugh. He also believes he is only as good as his team and has surrounded himself with team members who share his beliefs and love their work. In his spare time, Dr. Barlow’s passion is to be with his family. He loves soccer, running, cycling and reading. If he could return for a second life, he would want to have the talent to play soccer for his beloved Manchester City.

Dr. Alida Smisek

Dr. Smisek was born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in Kingsville. After high school, she completed her post secondary education at the University of Western Ontario in London where she graduated with degrees in Honours Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1999.

Upon completion of her dental training, she worked as an associate dentist in Windsor Ontario and in Kingsville. In the spring of 2002 Dr. Smisek and her life and business partner, Dr. Barlow purchased their existing practice in Stratford, Ontario. From 2002 to 2005, she also worked as a clinic instructor at the University of Western Ontario dental school. Dr. Smisek enjoys working part time at the practice with Dr. Barlow, focusing on all aspects of family dentistry. Outside of the dental practice, she enjoys family time, physical fitness, reading and traveling.

Dr. Cynthia James

Dr. Cynthia James was born and raised in the U.A.E. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) from Tamil Nadu at Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, India, and worked in a multi-specialty medical hospital in India. Dr. Cynthia enjoyed working closely with her team that began to feel more like family than colleagues.
During the final year of her tenure, she expanded her role and managed the department; this allowed her to focus on ensuring each patient felt their needs were being heard and taken care of. Dr. Cynthia also continued her education by participating in various dental camps and seminars located in different parts of the country. Her participation in these seminars afforded her the opportunity to provide oral healthcare to under-privileged peoples in different, rural parts of India.

From there, Dr. Cynthia moved to Canada and obtained her National Dental Examining Board of Canada license. She and her family recently relocated from the GTA to London, which is what brings her to the Dental Studio Brunswick Street family today! Dr. Cynthia enjoys educating people about their oral health and finds developing meaningful relationships with her patients truly rewarding. She looks forward to supporting and celebrating positive oral health outcomes with you all! Outside of dentistry, Dr. Cynthia enjoys cooking and spending time with loved ones, however her favourite thing to do is dance. She is not only a skilled dentist but is also a children’s dance instructor.

We are beyond excited to have Dr. Cynthia James join the Dental Studio Brunswick Street family and look forward to each of you meeting her when you visit us.

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