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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Janet Leith

It’s always a pleasure to host Dr. Janet Leith on Oasis Discussions. This time, Dr. Leith shared with me her personal journey in becoming an accomplished dentist and getting involved in organized dentistry. It takes a lot of determination and sacrifice to build a successful career, but it also requires a willingness to take on small steps for women dentists to reach their professional goals. 

I hope you enjoy my conversation with her and share your feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager 


Dr. Leith decided to pursue dentistry because she was genuinely interested in hands-on work and had a wonderful role model and mentor in her father. She often assisted her father when he treated family members.

Dr. Leith learned early on from her father that although dentistry is a good profession, it is challenging to run the business while providing clinical care. Upon finishing dental school, Dr. Leith completed a General Practice Residency and associated for a few years; however, she knew she wanted to drive her own success and purchased her own practice. One lesson she learned along the way is that it can be challenging for a woman to manage other women. However, mentors and networking with other female colleagues has been essential to her growth and development over the years.

Organized dentistry has been a part of Dr. Leith’s life since she was a young associate. She has appreciated the opportunity to volunteer with the ODA and CDA. As such, the impact of women’s participation in organized dentistry can have far-reaching effects on various issues. However, associations must realize and work in different manners that can make it easier for women to contribute given their family responsibilities.

Looking ahead, Dr. Leith feels that there will be no barriers to women’s participation in organized dentistry. Participation will not be based on gender but rather, qualifications and interpersonal as well as communication skills.

Full Interview (14.16″)


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