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M.S. GALIZA Dental Clinic Celebrates 10TH Year!

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“Starting a new life in Canada has shares of struggles.  I encourage you to widen your horizon and accept the challenges Canadian life has to offer. Focus on your goal. There may be rocks along the way, but then again, consider them as scars. Then make them ….your stars”.

Dr. Mary Sagay-Galiza, DMD

Merlita “Mary” Sagay was a simple lad whose roots are from Ilocos Sur. She finished her degree in the field of Dentistry in the late 70’s at the Manila Central University – College of Dentistry.  In her early 20’s Mary became an Associate Dentist and was able to prove her worth.

In 1981, she decided to try her luck overseas and went to Libya, one of the most exotic destination in the planet they say, due to its Roman era ruins. It seemed that her simple wish of becoming a Dentist has grown to set for higher limits. Returning forth back to the Philippines, trying it out with setting up her own practice, she was determined to escalate her dreams with pride and honor. Later on even if she has to juggle marriage and motherhood, the now Dr. Galiza and her husband of over 25 years, Roland Galiza, set their marks to go farther.  They both saw opportunity to set foot to Canada, to set foot and begin to re-invent themselves. She and Roland applied to the Embassy of Canada as independent immigrants ready to face the new world.

Mary was determined to use and lay her hands once again on her dental instruments.  Aided with the inspiration from her husband and her son, she became relentless, bound and hang-tough to make her wish and dream come true. While she knew that it will take a few years to have her vision come to a reality, she continued on. Studied, reviewed, never hesitating, she kept on making things happen.  Even when they moved to Northern Alberta because of her husband’s work-related job offer, she persevered. She took this opportunity, while working as a dental assistant, to review for the board examination for Dentist.

Working as an Assistant at the dental office of Calgary Dentist Dr. Dick Francisco, Dr. Galiza pursued. She was motivated to venture into her own private practice someday.  And she knew, this would not be possible if she can’t face all the challenges of getting herself licensed. And so she moved forward.  Her steps leaning to the lane of sweet success.

Becoming a practicing dentist in Canada did not come in a silver platter.  They endured all the aches and pains of the system and considered them their scars. But she had implanted in her thoughts the saying of a preacher and a doctor himself, Dr. Robert Schuller, noting, “make the scars of your past, your stars”.

She had pictured herself in a dream.  She knew what she wanted. She had the framework of her future dental office and she definitely is in it. Truly, Dr. Mary Sagay-Galiza is a proud Filipino-Canadian practicing as a respected Dentist.  And that is who we have right now.

The Dental office in Calgary, Alberta that started off with a couple of operatories, is now a successful 7-operatory clinic with more than 500 patients and counting. Her experience of General Orthodontics, Laser Dentistry and Treatments of Periodontal Diseases, are only some of what the clinic has to offer.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!









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