I had the pleasure to host Dr. Mitch Taillon, CDA’s new president. Dr. Taillon is a general dentist from Assiniboa, SK. He assumed his new role on April 20th, 2018. In this interview, I wish to present to you a glimpse of his life inside and outside dentistry.
My colleagues at the CDA Essentials magazine have also prepared a profile of Dr. Taillon, which you can find and read here.
I hope the interview gives you a chance to know more about Dr. Taillon and that you find it enjoyable and useful. We always welcome your feedback, suggestions, and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time!
Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager
Excerpts from the CDA Essentials President Profile
For his entire 34-year career, Dr. Mitch Taillon, CDA’s incoming president for 2018–19, practised in Assiniboia, a small prairie community in southern Saskatchewan where it’s about an hour drive in every direction before you reach another dentist.
It was in this small town where Dr. Taillon first sat chairside with his father Rod, a general dentist for over 40 years. Mitch had just finished grade 9, and he was continuing a family tradition where each of the Taillon boys (there are 5 of them, with Mitch in the middle) would take a turn spending the summer assisting their father at his two-chair dental practice. Their business partnership worked well, and Dr. Taillon modelled the lessons he’d learned from Rod about fulfilling his professional responsibility to society.
Most recently, he served as chair of the CDA Working Group on Access to Care for five years, leading initiatives in support of early dental visits for infants (CDA’s First Visit, First Tooth program), and standards of oral health care for residents of long-term care facilities. In the year ahead, Dr. Taillon will guide CDA’s expanding focus on access to care, on projects that aim to reduce barriers to care for people with cognitive disabilities and for Indigenous children. Both populations face a greater risk of dental disease than the general population.
Full Conversation (9.35″)