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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Erin Hennessy: the Art of Dentistry

I had the great pleasure of meeting virtually and for the first time Dr. Erin Hennessy, President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association. Her journey started with the arts, traveled through education and landed in dentistry. She graduated in 2004 as a valedictorian from Dalhousie University and was awarded the CDA President’s award “presented to the graduate who has shown the most outstanding qualities of leadership and character, and who may be expected to become a leader in the dental profession, the dental community, and society at large”. I hope you find the conversation enjoyable and informative and that you will share ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays: Leadership in Action

  This was a great conversation! I welcomed Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays to this Oasis Conversation about Women in Dentistry and learned quite a bit speaking with her. Dr. Summerhays brings both her clinical perspective and her long involvement in organized dentistry when addressing a variety of professional issues, such as income disparities between female and male dentists and women’s access to top leadership positions.  During her presidency of the American Dental Association, Dr. Summerhays encouraged the association and its members to positively think about the one constant in the world of associations: Change. And she approaches the topic of ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Linda Blakey

My conversation with Dr. Linda Blakey, Dental Surgeon from Mount Pearl, NL and past president of the Newfoundland Dental Association, touched upon a number of topics. Most importantly, it highlighted her dedication to becoming a dentist from an early and never swaying from that dream. it also touched upon some of the leadership and work-life balance challenges that women dentists continue to face and what they might do to overcome those barriers.  I hope you enjoy the interview and share your thoughts and feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Dr. Linda Blakey continues the conversation ...

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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  Highlights Dr. Leith decided to pursue dentistry because she was genuinely interested in hands-on ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Effie Habsha: The Sky is the Limit!

I had the pleasure to welcome Df. Effie Habsha, Prosthodontist from Toronto. Dr. Habsha’s successful career represents women dentists’ access to dental specialties and their willingness to participate and contribute equally alongside their male counterparts in the dental profession. Through her initiative “Women in Dentistry, Work-Life Balance“, she strives to help her female colleagues navigate through some of the unique challenges that face women in dentistry. I hope you enjoy this conversation and share your thoughts and feedback with us through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca   Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager  Highlights Dr. Habsha is an accomplished prosthodontist with several accolades. Having loved studying ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Heather Carr: Contributing Meaningfully to the Profession

It was a pleasure for me to walk down memory lane with Dr. Heather Carr, Dental Surgeon in Nova Scotia, past President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association, and presently, member of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Dental Association. Dr. Carr is a passionate professional who dedicated her life to her family, her career, and who donated much of her time and efforts to organized dentistry.  I hope you enjoy our conversation and share your thoughts and feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Dr. Carr has been involved in both private clinical and ...

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Conversation with Dr. Howard Farran: Why Did You Build Dentaltown?

Highlights Dr. Howard Farran spoke to Dr. Suham Alexander about the inspiration behind the creation of Dentaltown and the ensuing formation of the “Townie” community. Dentaltown was originally created to encourage dentists to communicate with one another, share information and discuss cases simulating an online study club. The community has grown substantially to include ~ 250,000 dentists and has searchable information on most disciplines in dentistry as well as business and marketing information. As Dentaltown has evolved over the years, the goal of this community forum has been to create community and transfer knowledge from mentors and experts in dentistry. ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Lynn Tomkins: A Leader’s Journey

It was my pleasure to host Dr. Lynn Tomkins on Oasis Discussions to speak about her journey as a private practitioner and a leader in Canadian organized dentistry.  Dr. Tomkins is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry. She held a number of important roles in the Ontario Dental Association various committees and became the association’s President in 2010. She is the recipient of numerous awards from reputable organizations, such as the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the CDA, and the Toronto Central Dental Society.  Dr. Tomkins was the first woman ever to serve on the ...

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