About Our Practice & Team in Hamilton

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Keeping It in the Family

Upper Gage Dental Centre opened its doors to Hamilton in May 1978 by Dr. Jim Kivinen (now retired) and Dr. Paul Kinson. Its first location popped up in a small plaza located on the margins of town. Back then, their only neighbours were farmers—Hamilton as we know it today had not yet been developed. 

Despite its remote location (at the time), the dental centre began thriving immediately, thanks largely to our enthusiastic and welcoming staff. Fun fact: some of Upper Gage Dental’s original staff members still work at the office—and they’ve developed great relationships with patients over the years. 

As the dental centre grew, so did its team of doctors, eventually bringing on Dr. Matthew Rydant (Jim’s son-in-law) and Dr. Judith Kivinen (Jim’s daughter). To say we are a family-oriented dental centre is an understatement!

Although we operate in the same plaza as the original office, we moved a few doors down to a larger and more modern space in 2004.

Meet Your Local Dentistry Team

All of our dentists are members of the Canadian Dental Association, the Ontario Dental Association, and the Hamilton Academy of Dentistry.


Dr. Paul Kinson



Dr. Matthew Rydant



Dr. Judith Kivinen



Dr. Greg Wallace



Dr. Ryan Margel

Endodontist DMD, MS, FRCD(C

Our Location

Our Address

  • 1000 Upper Gage Ave, Unit 11
  • Hamilton, ON L8V 4R5

Contact Us

Centre Hours

  • Monday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
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