NEW BUSINESS: Downtown Dental Centre

Dr. Dimple Sharma of Downtown Dental Centre

In a building that once housed an A & P grocery store, Downtown Dental Centre opened at 421 St Paul Street in 1972 by Dr. Ivan Hrabowsky & is currently owned by the incredible Dr. Dimple Sharma, 3rd generation owner

With over 40 years of exceptional dental care & service provided by a dedicated & passionate staff, generations of families continue to return – many even after relocating, commuting from as far as the GTA!

It is for reasons such as these that brought Dr. Sharma to Downtown St. Catharines 11 years ago

Originally from New Delhi, India (where she also practiced dentistry), Dr. Sharma came to Canada in 2000. She attended the University of Toronto and retrained for Canadian dental standards

It was not always an easy time. She recalls really struggling in the first 10 years trying to find where she fit in. The longer she spent in Canada, the more torn she felt where “home” was. It was when she began considering herself a Global Citizen – not tied to any one country – she began to feel empowered & realize wherever she was, was home. Her community and neighbours, family. The more love she gave to Canada, the more she received in return

Dr Sharma soon began to look for a practice of her own, something that would give her the independence & flexibility to look after family while building her career. Erma, the Office Manager of 40+ years, remembers the day Dr Sharma came to Downtown Dental Centre, they immediately welcomed her into the family & she fell in love with Downtown St. Catharines. It was the perfect fit

Dr Sharma has become an active & indispensable member of our community who helps others in every way she can, and is a big fan & supporter of our downtown businesses. She has been a beacon of encouragement for many of our international youth, her openness & kindness helping to guide them as they also find their way

She reminds us all that an easy way everyone can give back is to simply be kind to others, it doesn’t even cost anything

We look forward to working with Dr. Sharma more in the New Year to help bring amazing festivals such as Holi and Diwali to our Downtown Community!


Written by: Katherine Dodge