Meet Dr. Mark Hamanishi DMD, FRCD(C)
Dr. Mark Hamanishi is thrilled to have joined the Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics team!
He grew up just outside of Vancouver, BC and attended the University of British Columbia where he received a BSc in Nutritional Sciences. Although he tries to eat a balanced diet, he loves all foods and would love to hear your recommendations on places to eat in the city.
After his time at UBC, he moved to Boston and attended Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine where he earned his DMD. He thought that living in Boston as a student was an amazing opportunity and he had a phenomenal time there. Almost half the population of Boston proper is students, which gives the city a unique and energetic atmosphere. If you ever find yourself in Boston, Dr. Mark recommends visiting Harvard, Fenway Park, Quincy Market, and the Freedom Trail!
After attaining his DMD, Dr. Mark moved from Boston to Pittsburgh, PA for a three-year Orthodontic residency at the University of Pittsburgh. Once he became an Orthodontist, he stayed in Pittsburgh and worked as an associate to gain more experience and hone his skills. In 2014, he and his wife decided it was time to return to Canada. He completed the Canadian dental specialty exam, obtained his Fellowship with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and became a registered specialist in Alberta.
Dr. Mark is an active volunteer with the Smiles 4 Canada organization, and he volunteers with the Burn’s Memorial Fund. Twice a month he works at the Alberta Children’s Hospital as a member of the Cleft Palate Team. In his spare time, he enjoys running, golfing, and playing soccer, volleyball, and rugby.
Dr. Mark has two rambunctious kiddos at home: a daughter obsessed with Pokémon and dinosaurs, and a son who wants whatever his big sister has. He’s married to his high school sweetheart who is both a scientist and a high school teacher. As a family, you’ll find them roaming around Costco for free samples, chasing the peacocks at the Calgary Zoo, getting their hands wet at the Telus Spark, or hopping a ride to ride at Calaway Park!