I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from Dental school at the University of Manitoba in 1997. Other degrees attained during my studies were a BSc. (Micro.) and a BSc. (Dent.), which also resulted in a publication in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (1).
After graduation, I practiced in a private clinic for three and a half years in Langley and Vancouver, B.C.. During this time I began to take an interest in community dentistry, working with a local women’s shelter and a Vancouver geriatric care facility.
In early 2001, after an extensive trip to Central and South America, I accepted a position working in small Arctic communities in Nunavut. My first trip was to Cape Dorset and Pond Inlet, subsequently I travelled to most other communities in the Baffin Region.
In September 2003 I took an associate position in private practice in Kisilano, Vancouver. However, in October 2004, I decided to return to community dentistry in Nunavut as I had enjoyed my work in the region and had found a very strong connection with the people.
In 2008, I began implementing an oral health presentation program in conjunction with the Community Health Representative in Clyde River. Subsequently I brought the program to Pond Inlet and Pangnirtung, finding the neonatal program a perfect venue for oral health education.
In 2009 I was contacted by the nonprofit organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) to help develop a dental program for their travelling healthcare program in the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories. Through 2009 I helped in the early development and implementation of a mobile dental program in Sebastia and the Nablus area.
In November 2012, I began a pilot project with Health Canada building a dental program for Northern and Coastal British Columbia under the company name of North Raven Dental. To date I have been providing reliable and timely services to Kwadacha, Kitkatla, Kitasoo, Ulkatcho, and Lax Kw’alaams.
Since 1997 I have been focusing my career toward community dentistry and Canadian aboriginal health. My 11 years of service have made me aware of the unique and significant oral health needs of rural First Nations and Inuit people. My belief in the community health model and dedication to the service has allowed me to develop strong ties to the local residents at the community level all the way to the national level. In short, the goal of my career is to make a strong and lasting positive impact on the oral health of aboriginal community residents, and to provide a healthy and culturally responsive foundation for the next generations.
Outside of dentistry, I am an avid traveller, a painter and a sculptor, I enjoy reading, snowboarding, motorcycles, and carpentry.
(1) Archibald McNicol and Cameron A. Robson. “Thrombin Receptor-Activating Peptide Releases Arachidonic Acid from Human Platelets: A Comparison with Thrombin and Trypsin” The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics May 1, 1997 vol. 281 no. 2 861-867