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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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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Cindy Lyon: How I Became a Dentist

Over the last 40 years, the proportion of women in dentistry has been rising steadily, easing women’s access into a field that has historically been male dominated. Today, we usher a new era where data shows a clear trend shift, where women dentists in graduating classes have comfortably surpassed the 50% threshold, to the point when we have started talking about the feminization of dentistry. It wouldn’t have been possible without the women who made it this way, who found a passion in dentistry and a reward in practicing it. It is only fitting that we, at CDA Oasis, would ...

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Dr. Janet Leith on her Presidency of the Ottawa Dental Society

It was a great opportunity for me to meet Dr. Janet Leith in person at our CDA headquarters. Dr. Leith is the immediate past president of the Ottawa Dental Society and she joined me to tell me about her experience leading the ODS board of directors.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager    

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Tell It Like It Is: Positive Dentistry with Dr. Miguel Stanley

Two years ago, I invited Dr. Miguel Stanley for an interview about his participation in one of the international dental conferences. I very much enjoyed my talk with him then; and I did again, this time around, when I invited him to share his experience speaking about dentistry on the TED stage. There aren’t many TED talks about dentistry, so when I found his, I thought it should be featured as an incentive for other dentists to share their experiences and thoughts about dentistry on such a prominent stage!  Miguel is a renowned international dentist, speaker, author, and TV host. He ...

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