Hailed as a standout among stand-up performers, Paul Huschilt is a unique conference experience that promises to have his audience laughing the whole way through. Using sharp wit, imagination and talent, his messages on workplace wellness will entertain and captivate delegates, leaving them with tactics to use at work and at home. A trained actor and singer, he holds degrees and diplomas in management, adult education and counselling.
Back by popular demand, Betsy Reynolds is best known for her ability to enlighten and engage her audience while delivering powerful insights based on new research in dental sciences with practical applications. Her topic, “The Future of Dental Hygiene”, combines her solid background in dental hygiene and oral biology with humour and anecdotes that are guaranteed to entertain, educate and inspire everyone who attends. Don’t miss this very informative keynote.
Anna Louise Tolan, a clinician, educator and lecturer, has three decades of dental hygiene practice, specializing in advanced non-surgical periodontal therapy, dental implant therapy and the medically compromised client. She received her Fellowship from the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries and serves on advisory committees as a key opinion leader. Her passion and expertise in using evidence-based protocols in the process of care make her a popular instructor and guest speaker at dental hygiene societies, study clubs and dental groups.
Dani Botbyl is a leading authority in ultrasonic education and for the past 16 years has served as the national clinical educator with Dentsply Sirona Canada. She has lectured internationally and published numerous articles in industry and peer-reviewed journals. Current research interests include educational preparedness of dental hygienists in the area of ultrasonic instrumentation with results driving the global adoption of her distinctive teaching methods. Dani’s dynamic presentation style coupled with clinically relevant topics and a passion for enhancing the practice of dental hygiene creates a learning experience not to be missed!
Denise Hetu has more than 30 years of professional experience in the dental industry including general dentistry, prosthodontics and periodontics. A clinical educator with Dentsply Sirona Canada, Denise’s enthusiasm combined with the clinical relevance of the presentation topics allow participants to take what they have learned and apply it immediately in their practices.
Dr. Alison Sigal is the owner of Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry in Milton. Opened in 2017, Little Bird’s mission is to optimize the growth and development of all children from birth onwards, and care for persons of all ages with special needs. While studying kinesiology at McMaster University, her research focused on lack of access to oral health care issues that faced persons with special needs, and the significant impact this was having on their lives. Dr. Sigal has a DDS and Master of Science Specialty Program in Pediatric Dentistry from U of T. In 2008, she founded the Federal Non-Profit Organization, Oral Health, Total Health (OHTH), dedicated to advocating, educating and improving access to oral health care for persons with special needs.
Dr. David Isen’s anesthesia-based dental practice in Toronto treats patients who require intravenous sedation or advanced techniques in local anesthesia. Many of these people have special medical needs or are dental phobic. An author, consultant for dental and pharmaceutical companies, and international lecturer, Dr. Isen is the immediate past president of the Ontario Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He has given more than 300 presentations throughout North America and around the world on topics related to local anesthesia and medical emergencies in the dental office. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Dr. David Orchard, a chiropractor in Waterloo for more than 30 years, holds certificates in athletic injury management, exercise specialist and occupational health injuries. For several years he was a consultant for a fitness institute in Toronto, provided chiropractic assessments for a hospital wellness centre and is currently a chiropractor for the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans professional men’s basketball team. A member of the Canadian Society of Sports Chiropractors, Dr. Orchard holds a number of certifications, most recently the AMA Guides to Impairment Rating (4th edition) by the American Board of Forensic Professionals. He treats a number of patients with musculoskeletal complaints including dental hygienists.
Dr. Fiona Collins has presented internationally on a variety of oral health topics including dental caries and prevention, biofilm, sensitivity, tobacco cessation, tooth whitening and client compliance. Her interactive presentations provide practical, science-based and thought-provoking information. In addition to writing Continuing Education articles, abstracts and newsletters, she is a trainer and consultant as well as editor for Dental Learning and the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s Dental World. Dr. Collins is a member of several dental associations and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. During her career, she has lived and worked in five countries and has held positions in clinical practice, education and industry.
Dr. Jessica Metcalfe is staff dentist in the Department of Dental Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthetics at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She graduated from Boston University Dental School in 2015 and completed a general practice residency at Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Metcalfe treats all types of cancer patients but her preference is head and neck cancer. She is currently assessing the application of silver diamine fluoride in post-radiation caries patients.
Dr. Jim Hyland has always been one of the first to implement the latest techniques, research and philosophies in oral care. In addition to private practice, his experience includes teaching in the Faculty of Dentistry at U of T, Seneca College and George Brown College as well as serving as the dental staff member of the North York Hospital. Dr. Hyland regularly lectures and writes on a variety of topics related to diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease as an oral infection, interceptive preventive care, decreasing the oral systemic risk and breath odour.
Dr. Jose Lanca is an assistant professor of pharmacology, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, where he has been the undergraduate program director in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. He has contributed extensively to curriculum development and teaching of pharmacology, and continuing medical and dental education. His areas of research include neuropharmacology, pharmacology of alcoholism and drug addiction and herbal medications. Dr. Lanca is a member of several scientific organizations including the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and the American Society for Neuroscience.
Dr. Leonard Litkowski was a tenured associate professor in restorative dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School for more than 22 years. While there he was co-director of the Center for Clinical Studies and received 28 research grants. He has been awarded more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents and was recognized as the co-recipient of Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 from the University of Maryland for his work in bringing new technologies to clinical practice. He is one of the co-inventors of the Novamin technology for the reduction of dentin hypersensitivity. Currently Dr. Litkowski is a practising dentist as well as a consultant to several dental manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies for research and design of clinical trials.
Dr. Michael Sigal is a retired professor of Pediatric Dentistry at U of T, where he was director of the MSc Graduate Specialty Program in Pediatric Dentistry for more than 20 years. He was also head of the Mount Sinai Hospital Dental Program for Persons with Disabilities, the largest of its kind in Canada, which he developed for 25 years. He was the dentist-in-chief and co-director of the Mount Sinai Hospital Dental Residency Program that instructed postgraduate residents in dental care for persons with disabilities/special health-care needs. He has joined Dr. Alison Sigal at Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Uche Odiatu is a certified nutrition and wellness consultant, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certified trainer, a certified holistic lifestyle coach, and co-author of The Miracle of Health and Fit for the LOVE of It! He has given more than 400 lectures over the last 14 years in North America, England, Norway, Bahamas and Bermuda. A professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine, he maintains a thriving dental practice in Toronto and has inspired audiences at the largest dental conferences in the world and Fortune 500 companies. He has been the invited guest on more than 300 radio and TV shows including ABC 20/20 and Canada AM.
Giulia Galloro is a practice advisor and oversees the Patient Relations Committee at CDHO. Prior to joining the college in February 2016, she was a dental hygienist for 15 years and a clinical dental hygiene program instructor for nine years. After completing the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from the University of British Columbia. She is currently working on her certification in infection control, and is CDHO’s infection control expert.
Irene Iancu is a dental hygienist, a theoretical and clinical educator, international speaker, as well as a peer mentor and a QA mentor contracted by CDHO. She graduated with a B.A. in political science in 2005, and after realizing she would make a terrible lawyer, she changed directions and completed the dental hygiene program in 2007. She has worked in various specialty areas of dental hygiene including pedo and perio, ultimately finding her passion connecting the effects of the dentition on the body and the importance of proper occlusion. As vice president of Gift From the Heart, Irene’s goal is to change people’s lives and to involve as many RDHs as possible to help.
Jo-Anne Jones, a successful entrepreneur and international award-winning speaker, brings life, energy and inspiration to all her presentations. The veteran dental hygienist turned educator has a no-nonsense approach and dynamic speaking style that has made her one of North America’s most sought after lecturers in the dental community. Jo-Anne has been selected as one of DPR’s Top 25 Women in Dentistry and joins the 2018 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the eighth consecutive year. A focus on audience engagement complemented by the provision of educational and clinical resources has earned Jo-Anne many loyal followers both nationally and internationally.
Justin Lorentz is a cancer genetic counsellor who has worked at the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre since 2012. A specialist in hereditary breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancer, he is also the lead for the Male Oncology Research and Education (MORE) Program.
Kathleen Bokrossy, entrepreneur, presenter, author and coach, has been bringing engaging energy to the dental profession for more than 30 years. Publisher for Dental Hygiene Quarterly, she is also a member of the P&G, Crest+Oral-B speakers’ bureau and president of rdhu, a professional development provider. She works closely with dental practices to help them thrive in today’s marketplace. Her vision is to help transform the dental hygiene experience with both dental professionals and their clients/patients.
Kerry Lepicek is an engaging presenter with more than a decade of experience using an interceptive and preventive approach to treating periodontal disease, peri-implantitis, halitosis and caries. Her focus is on educating her clients and the dental profession on health and wellness. An international lecturer, she is a published author and has been featured in Dental Hygiene Quarterly.
Linda McLarty has more than 25 years’ experience working with dental personnel regarding infection prevention and control and compliance. As director of education at Germiphene Corporation, she is committed to providing evidence-based, scientifically sound information. She is able to bridge the gap between guidelines and standards to practical solutions for dental hygiene practice. A long-standing member of OSAP, dentistry’s resource for infection control and safety, Linda has lectured extensively in North America and beyond. With both emerging and re-emerging diseases making headlines along with breakdowns in infection prevention and control procedures, Linda provides relevant and timely information geared to protecting clinicians and clients.
Lisa Taylor is registrar and CEO for the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO). Prior to joining the college in 2005 as a practice advisor, she worked as a dental hygienist for 20 years. In 2011 she received the Peacock Award for leadership and excellence in championing a bold, strategic initiative focused on the link between oral health and overall health. In addition to a diploma in dental hygiene, she holds a BA (law and business) an MEd (health professional education) and a Masters Certificate in Organizational Development.
Michele Bliss is a registered nurse with 30 years of experience supporting individuals living with dementia and their care providers. Her career has included roles within the community and long-term care sector providing consultation, education and support to staff caring for persons with complex care needs, including responsive behaviours. As the clinical education specialist at AGE and a GPA certified master coach, Michele is involved in all aspects of the GPA curriculum including coach certifications.
Michelle Aube (Simmonds) is Continuing Education manager at maxill Inc. and founder and owner of Positive Impact Dental Consulting. She is also an educator at Fanshawe College, a CDHO remedial course facilitator and former QA portfolio assessor, and speaker for Straumann implants. Michelle’s mission is to share her knowledge and experience to help deliver strategies that bridge the gap between evidence-based decision-making and practical implementation. Her optimistic “cup is half full” approach is both unique and refreshing.
Patrizia Piccolo, a partner with Piccolo Heath LLP, provides strategic advice to both large and small employers and their human resources and management teams. She advises employers on employment-related regulatory issues, including compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. She also has extensive experience guiding individuals who have been named in a workplace complaint so that they understand their legal rights and obligations. Whether advising employers or employees, Patrizia’s practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring to termination and post-employment contractual breaches.
Penny White, one of the award-winning creators of IST, has worked in both private dental practice and community health for more than 30 years. She is employed with Health Canada as program co-ordinator for the Ontario Region First Nations and Inuit Health Branch Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI).