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The future of orthodontics, and docbraces, in Nova Scotia – something to smile about

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The future of orthodontics, and docbraces, in Nova Scotia – something to smile about

With deep roots in the region, Canada’s largest orthodontist network welcomes new orthodontists to four clinics in Nova Scotia

Halifax, November 28, 2023 – docbraces, Canada’s leading orthodontics clinics network, announces today the addition of new orthodontists to lead four of its established clinics in Nova Scotia. The additions help docbraces secure its presence in the province, where the brand was founded in 2016. The newly graduated orthodontists who have joined local docbraces clinics include Dr. Nidusha Ranaweera at Bedford Orthodontics, Dr. Hussein Haji at docbraces Truro and docbraces Hatheway Yarmouth, Dr. Sidney Mugford at Metro Orthodontic Specialists in Halifax and Dr. Nafisa Molla at docbraces Halifax and docbraces Dartmouth.

A pioneer in Orthodontics and co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer at docbraces, Dr. Bob Hatheway played a pivotal role in recruiting the new doctors.

“We are very happy to welcome Doctors Ranaweera, Haji, Mugford and Molla to our team,” says Dr. Hatheway. “These exceptional doctors have already started providing our patients in the region with the best care available today. We are honoured to have them as part of our partnership and to know they’ve chosen this region and country to continue their practice.”

Originally from Sri Lanka, Dr. Ranaweera returns to the East Coast after completing her studies at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. With a Master of Science degree and clinical specialty residency in Orthodontics, she joins the Bedford community which, since August 2023, has become her new home.

Originally from Belleville, Ontario, Dr. Hussein Haji has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Dalhousie University, and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Toronto. Dr. Hussein Haji was born in Belleville, Ontario and after completing a year of science at the University of Waterloo, he obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University. He then pursued dentistry and received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Toronto alongside an award for First Place in Orthodontics at graduation, followed by general practice residency in New York. He completed his specialty training at the University of British Columbia, where he earned a Diploma in Orthodontics alongside a Masters in Craniofacial Science. Dr. Haji is delighted to devote his skills to the Truro and Yarmouth communities alongside his wife and fellow Orthodontist, Dr. Molla.

“I speak on behalf of my peers when I say we are ready to join the docbraces network to build the confidence of our patients, one beautiful smile at a time,” says Dr. Haji.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Dr. Sidney Mugford returns to her roots after completing a Masters in Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Mugford's passion for orthodontics is matched by her love for all things East Coast.

Dr. Nafisa Molla joins the docbraces family with a diverse educational background and specialization in Orthodontics. Dr. Molla completed her undergraduate studies in Health Sciences at the University of Toronto, and then obtained a Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS) in Bangladesh, where she completed a year-long dental internship in a hospital based practice. Dr. Molla obtained a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Toronto, followed by general practice residency in New York. She then pursued specialization in the field of orthodontics and completed a Masters in Medical Sciences (Orthodontics) at the University of Alberta, with research focused on dentofacial orthopedics in children. Dr. Molla will be practicing at two clinics serving the Halifax and Dartmouth areas, alongside her husband Dr. Haji.

Over the past few years, the Atlantic Provinces have seen tremendous economic growth and increase in population. All levels of government are working in tandem with industry and professional associations to encourage newly graduated doctors to set up their practices or accept posts in the region.

“We’re delighted to welcome these four bright stars in orthodontics to our network and the Atlantic Provinces region,” says George Jeffrey, CEO of Canadian Orthodontic Partners, the company behind the docbraces network. “docbraces has strong, deep roots in Nova Scotia and with this new group of doctors, we can be sure the future is even brighter for us here. We’re delighted they’ve made the choice to join our team.”

Founded January 2016, Canadian Orthodontic Partners operates a network of 71 clinics under the docbraces brand. Driven by its purpose of building self-esteem, one beautiful smile at a time, the company has become the leading orthodontics provider in Canada and the second largest in North America. The company is currently working on expansion plans across Canada which will include both organic growth and possible acquisitions.

To learn more about Canadian Orthodontic Partners, its expansion in the East Coast and Canada please visit

About Canadian Orthodontic Partners

Canadian Orthodontic Partners ( runs support services for docbraces ( and its network of community-based clinics — so the clinic teams can deliver personalized orthodontic treatment and build confidence in their patients, one beautiful smile at a time. By supporting the day-to-day administrative functions of each practice, COP empowers and encourages its clinic teams and doctors to focus their efforts on elevating patient care.

Orthodontist-founded and -led, the network values Trust, Learning, Confidence and Community. COP is committed to building a world-class culture where orthodontists want to practice, where team members want to work, and where patients want to visit. Through a network that shares, collaborates, and learns together, the vision of Canadian Orthodontic Partners is to become the icon of orthodontic excellence.

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