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Klasser, Dr. Gary D. DMD, Cert Orofacial Pain

Dr. Gary D. Klasser is an Associate Professor in the Division of Diagnostic Sciences at Louisiana State University, School of Dentistry. He obtained his dental degree from the University of Manitoba (Canada) in 1980. Over the next 22 years, he enjoyed the practice of general dentistry from both a public health and private practice perspective until he returned to graduate studies in 2002. In 2004, he completed his training and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Certificate in Orofacial Pain. In 2005, he completed a fellowship in Oral Medicine/Oral Oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). From 2005 – 2011, he was an Assistant Professor and Director of the Oral Medicine/Orofacial Pain clinic at the College of Dentistry in the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Klasser has published in a number of peer reviewed journals and has contributed chapters to various textbooks while serving as an editorial reviewer for a number journals. He is also co-editor for the next edition of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain book entitled: Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Management.

Jones , ​Ms. Jo-Anne

Ms. Jones is a dental hygienist who offers courses in therapy as well as on general topics of interest to the entire dental team as well as women specifically.
Jo-Anne is the president of an educational and clinical training company dedicated to excellence in quality education and team training. Jo-Anne has been selected as one of the DPRUs Top 25 Women in Dentistry and joins the 2017 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the 7th consecutive year. The Elizabeth Craig Award of Distinction was presented to Jo-Anne in recognition of her exceptional and ongoing commitment to promoting the dental hygiene profession.

Morley, Dr. Keith CD, BSc, DMD, MBA, FRCD(C)

Dr.Keith Morley graduated from the University of Manitoba with his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. He completed his training in Pediatric dentistry at the University of Toronto and Hospital for Sick Children Toronto. In 2013 he received his MBA from the Kellogg Northwestern and Schulich Schools of Business. 

After serving in the Canadian Armed Forces Royal Canadian Dental Corps, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and established a pediatric dental practice in Barrie Ontario. He has served as the President of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2007/08 as well as the Chief of Dentistry and Deputy Chief of Surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital Regional Health Centre Barrie. He has also been an active Fellow of The Royal College of Dentists of Canada by holding the following positions: Examiner, Pediatric Dentistry (1987-1993); Chief Examiner, Pediatric Dentistry (1994-1999); and elected Council member, Pediatric Dentistry (2002-2004).

Dr. Morley has given many presentations both nationally and internationally on pediatric dentistry.

Polonsky, Dr. Marina

Dr. Marina Polonsky graduated from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1999, with the Dean’s Gold Medal of Achievement, and is a member of Omega Kappa Upsilon Honour Dental Society and Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. Since 1999, Dr. Polonsky maintains a private general practice in Ottawa, Canada, with focus on multi-disciplinary treatment utilizing lasers of different wavelengths. She is the owner of the Alta Vista Laser Dental Centre in Ottawa, Canada since 2006.

Dr. Polonsky holds a Mastership with WCLI (World Clinical Laser and Imaging) Institute since 2012,
Mastership in Diode and Erbium lasers from AALZ (Aachen Dental Laser Center) since 2015, Master of Science in Lasers in Dentistry degree from RWTH University in Aachen, Germany since 2016. She is a founder of the Canadian Dental Laser Institute (CDLI), an organization dedicated to providing quality continuing education in Laser Dentistry in Canada. CDLI is now the only ALD affiliated international study club in Canada.

Dr. Polonsky is actively involved in the educational aspect of lasers by teaching laser safety courses, Diode and Erbium certification courses throughout Canada, as well as lecturing world-wide on laser-assisted dentistry. She is a key opinion leader(KOL) and a Clinical Mentor for Biolase Technologies Inc. and has been involved in the development of the newest all-tissue laser system Waterlase Express. Dr. Polonsky is the only certified WCLI trainer in Eastern Ontario and is the only one in Canada affiliated with all 3 major International Dental Laser organizations: WCLI, ALD and AALZ. She also serves on editorial advisory boards for JLAD (Journal of Laser-Assisted Dentistry) and LIDS (Lasers in Dental Science) by Springer. In 2017, she has agreed to take on a role of the Editor of Laser Dentistry edition of Oral Health Journal.


Dr. Steven Olmos has been in private practice for more than 30 years, with the last 20 years devoted to research and treatment of craniofacial pain, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and sleep-disordered breathing. He obtained his DDS from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and is Board Certified in both chronic pain and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders by the American Board of Crainofacial pain, The American Academy of Pain Management, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and American Board of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Olmos is the founder of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres International, with over 45 licensed locations in seven countries dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. He is currently the president of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.

Molinari, John A Ph.D.

Dr. Molinari is currently Director of Infection Control for THE DENTAL ADVISOR in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he served for 32 years in the School of Dentistry as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. He has published over 500 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control.

Dr. Molinari is also co-author of the text Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. He has served as a consultant for the CDC, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, Council on Dental Practice, and regional hospitals.  Dr. Molinari also was Chairman of the State of Michigan Governor’s Risk Reduction and AIDS Policy Commission. Previously, he was the Infection Control section editor for The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of the American Dental Association and contributed a monthly column for Dental Economics.

In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Molinari was inducted as an honorary member of the Michigan Dental Association, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and was a  recipient of the ADA Golden Apple Award.    

Johnson, Dr. Lisa

Dr. Johnson graduated from the University of Toronto School of dentistry in 1999, after which she went on to work in private practice for 13 years. During 8 of these years, along with her husband, she owned and operated a dental practice in a rural community in Ontario. She returned to the University of Toronto in 2012 to complete a 4 year degree in oral pathology and oral medicine. During her specialty training she also completed a Master’s of Science degree. In November 2016, she relocated to Halifax, where she took an assistant professor position at Dalhousie University. Her duties at Dalhousie include research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and managing the oral pathology biopsy service.  She also has a clinical practice at Citadel Oral Surgery in Halifax. Her special interests include mucocutaneous conditions, dysplasia, and oral cancer. 

Dr. Johnson is a new member of the Nova Scotia Dental Association and will be serving as their representative for "Smoke Free" NS. She is a member of both the Canadian and American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. In her spare time, Dr. Johnson enjoys cycling, hockey and taking long walks with her two dogs.

MacEntee, Dr. Michael Geriatric Dentistry

Professor MacEntee is past-president of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Geriatric Oral Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research, the International College of Prosthodontists, and the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada. He also received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association of Dental Research for his research in dental geriatrics, and is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Also he was the editor-in-chief of Gerodontology: The International Journal of Dental Geriatrics

He has been involved for most of his academic career with the oral health needs of older people - as a teacher, a researcher, and a prosthodontist.

He has published several textbooks, over 20 book chapters and more than 150 peer-reviewed papers on the measurement, distribution, impact and management of oral disorders of older adults. His received research grants from numerous sources, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (USA); and Health Canada.

His presentation will provide excellent insight into the many challenges our profession will face in the coming years as it manages the dental needs of Canada’s growing population of older people.

Quiñonez, Dr. Carlos DMD, MSc, PhD, FRCD(C

Dr. Carlos Quiñonez is a dental public health specialist and researcher. He is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Dental Public Health at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. His research program centers on the politics and economics of dentistry, with a specific focus on health and social equity. He is a recognized leader nationally and internationally on oral health care policy and access to dental care, and is Chair of the Canadian Dental Association’s Committee on Clinical and Scientific Affairs, and Editor of Ontario Dentist, the Journal of the Ontario Dental Association.

Tenenbaum, Dr. Howard Periodontics

Dr. Tenenbaum received his DDS from the University of Toronto in 1978 and then went on to complete his specialty in Periodontics as well as a Ph.D. in bone cell biology by 1982. This was followed by a 2-year post-doctoral MRC fellowship in Bethesda at the National Institutes of Health.

In addition to his degrees, Dr. Tenenbaum has a Fellowship from and serves on the Council of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and is also a Fellow in the International College of dentists.

Dr. Tenenbaum has been on Professorial Staff at the University of Toronto since 1984. He is currently Professor and Head of Periodontology at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto and is also the Head of Periodontics at Mount Sinai Hospital. In addition, he is a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathophysiology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is also an FDA panel member for Dental Devices and Drugs.

Dr. Tenenbaum has had continuous funding from the Medical Research Council of Canada for the past 17 years and has pursued ongoing research in the fields of bone cell biology (including recent experiments on the US Space Shuttle carried out by Senator John Glenn), Periodontics, and orofacial pain. He has published over 120 articles and abstracts in major scientific and clinical journals.

Daniel, Dr. Nach

Dr. Daniel earned a Bachelor degree in Microbiology and a Masters degree in Molecular Biology in 1995. He then completed a Doctorate of Dental Surgery and a one year multidisciplinary residency at Université de Montréal. In 2006 Dr. Daniel completed his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Laval University in Quebec City. Dr. Daniel is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and runs a private practice in Moncton New Brunswick. He is also an active member of the Moncton City Hospital.

Abi Nader, Dr. Samer

Dr. Nader attended McGill University where he earned a Degree in Physiology before completing his Dental Degree at the Université de Montréal in 2000. After a one year multidisciplinary residency program at the Jewish General Hospital, he completed his training in Prosthodontics at the Université de Montréal. Currently, he is the Assistant Dean and director of the Division of Restorative Dentistry at McGill University. In addition to his academic position, Doctor Abi Nader holds a part time practice in downtown Montreal and Moncton, New Brunswick.

Thompson, Dr Gordon

Dr. Gordon Thompson has had a distinguished career in dentistry management and administration. Previous management experience includes Associate Dean at the University of Toronto, Dean at the University of Alberta and Chief Executive Officer for the Alberta Dental Association and College. In health policy development, he was a member of the North York Board of Health and Director of Alberta Dental Health Services. He has received the Medal of Honour of the Canadian Dental Association, the Presidential Citation from the International College of Dentists (Canadian Section) and the Distinguished Service Award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In addition to his dental degree, Gordon has a Masters and PhD.and has been an authour of more than one hundred refereed research papers. He is a Past President of the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry, Dentistry Canada Fund and the Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation.

Dean, Dr. Alf

Dr. Alf Dean has enjoyed a career of nearly 40 years. Apart from his involvement in his practice, he has served our profession at both the provincial and national levels. Currently, a partner in the Cape Breton Dental Group, a practice with eight GP's and two specialists, Alf understands both the buying and selling of dental practices. 

Dr Dean is a fellow of The Pierre Fauchard Academy, The International College of Dentists and The American College of Dentists. He is a recipient of the NSDA's highest honour, the Dr Phillip Christie Award and also The Outstanding Alumni Award from the Dalhousie Dental School.

As a former president of the Nova Scotia Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association, he has developed a reputation for honourable service to our profession.

Dolansky , Dr. Bernie

Dr. Bernie Dolansky has had a distinguished dental career including service as President of: the Ottawa Dental Society, the Ontario Dental Association, and the Canadian Dental Association as well as having been a director of the Ash Temple companies and a consultant to Henry Schein Canada. He has also served on numerous professional and volunteer boards and has been awarded Honorary Membership in both the CDA and the ODA.

Bernie practiced and taught endodontics for 37 years during which he transitioned in three partners and numerous associates.

Since 1999 he has assisted dentists with practice evaluations, purchase and sales, associateships, and partnerships as well as lecturing and writing on dental practice transitions.

Grisdale , Dr. Jim B.A., D.D.S., Dip. Prosth., Dip. Perio., M.R.C.D.(C)

Dr. Grisdale is a Board Certified Specialist in Periodontics and Prosthodontics and was formerly an Assistant Professor and is currently a sessional lecturer in the Department of Periodontics at Loma Linda University with a part-time periodontics/implant practice in Vancouver, B.C. Dr. Grisdale received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from McGill University, as well as a postgraduate degree in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. He then went on to the University of British Columbia where he received an additional postgraduate degree in Periodontics.

Dr. Grisdale received the Award of Merit for Restorative Dentistry from McGill University. He lectures extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He is a mentor for Periodontics and Prosthodontic Study Clubs. He is also a sessional lecturer for Continuing Dental Education at U.B.C. Dr. Grisdale has published in the area of treatment for dentin sensitivity, implants, bone regeneration and soft tissue periodontal adhesives. He is an active participant in clinical  research and the study of contemporary periodontal products. He is a member of several professional societies.

Wen Liang, Chi CFP®

Manager, Investment Advisory Team

Current role
Chi Wen Liang joined CDSPI Advisory Services Inc. in 2017 as Manager of Investment Advisory Services. She is responsible for leading the team of investment planning advisors providing comprehensive financial planning services to dental professionals and their families across Canada.

Chi Wen has more than 20 years of experience in financial services at leading financial institutions. For more than a decade, she has been managing teams of senior advisors providing financial planning strategies and solutions to high net worth individuals. Chi Wen is knowledgeable in areas of investment & retirement planning, taxation, risk management and estate planning.

She has held her Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) designation since 2004, and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, with a double major in Economics and Management.

Outside of work
Chi Wen enjoys travelling with family, as well as racquet sports and curling. She also enjoys volunteering with other non-profit organizations to educate youth on the importance of financial literacy.

1.800.561.9401 ext. 6872

Scott, Dana CFP®

Investment Planning Advisor, CDSPI Advisory Services Inc.

Current role
As Investment Planning Advisor at CDSPI Advisory Services Inc., Dana Scott provides expert financial planning solutions for the Canadian dental community in the Maritime Provinces. She has senior-level expertise in the areas of wealth management, retirement, tax and estate planning.

A seasoned financial services professional, Dana brings more than 20 years of experience to CDSPI. She is well-versed in delivering financial planning strategies that help clients clarify their goals, build their own unique plan, and grow and protect their personal and business assets.

Prior to joining CDSPI, Dana worked as an Investment Advisor and Regional Sales Manager for major financial institutions. Complementing her many years of experience is her professional designation as a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®). She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Masters degree in Finance from Dalhousie University.

Outside of work
Outside of her professional life, Dana likes to spend time with her two teenage children, and enjoys entertaining, boating and travelling. She also volunteers and supports various associations including Lacrosse Nova Scotia, Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey and the Financial Planning Standards Council.

1.800.561.9401 ext. 6871

Whiteman, Renata

Senior Advisor, CDSPI Advisory Services Inc

Current role
Renata Whiteman joined CDSPI Advisory Services Inc. in 2000. In her current role as senior advisor within the insurance advisory team, Renata advises a range of clients, including dental specialists, general dentists and students, on insurance plans to meet their specific insurance needs.

With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Renata shares her knowledge of insurance risk management with dentists across Canada by presenting at regional component societies, study club meetings and Continuing Education courses. Prior to joining CDSPI, Renata was an insurance broker at a home and auto brokerage.

Renata holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Santo Amaro, in São Paulo, Brazil. Renata is licensed as a Level 2 general insurance broker and as a life and accident and sickness insurance advisor.

Outside of work
Renata enjoys working with her clients as they achieve milestones, such as the purchase of their first practice. She takes great pleasure in meeting with dentists face to face during her travel and presentations.

1.800.561.9401 ext. 6806


Armstrong, Dr. Jim

Dr Jim Armstrong, B.Sc., MBA, DMD, FACD.  Dr Armstrong is a member of the BCDA Economics Committee.  He is the Managing Doctor of the Aarm Dental Group a solo-group practice where each doctor owns 100% of their own practice and receives 100% of their revenues.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business at UBC.  He is co-program organizer for the “Certificate in Dental Practice Management” Sauder School of Business, UBC.

McAuley, Kevin

Kevin McAuley has 35 years of experience in the dental field as a Dental Technologist, Product Specialist and Trainer. Focused on many practical cases as a Dental Technologist, Kevin gained experience in numerous dental implants systems and created thousands of prostheses for all indications. The last eighteen years have been focused on product development, Product launches and training of numerous clinical and technical solutions for patients.
He has lectured and given practical presentations relating to various implant systems and supporting technologies.
He is currently Market Development Manager, Digital Solutions for Nobel Biocare Canada Inc..

Smith, Dean Manager, Information Technology
Canadian Dental Association

Dean Smith joined the Canadian Dental Association in 2005 as a computer programmer. Dean has been the Information Technology Manager since 2009, he is responsible for all aspects of information technology at CDA. Security and availability are the two focus areas of IT within CDA and Dean plays a lead role in ensuring CDA leads organized dentistry in promoting security and privacy.  Dean has played a key role in the development of mobile computing as well as CDA member services including the CDA Service Portal.
Working in the IT field since 1998, Dean came to CDA after spending nine years working for High Road Communications where he was responsible for building secure web applications for a variety of clients throughout Canada and the US.

Valentine, Geoff BA, BEd, MBA, Associate Director, Practice Support Canadian Dental Association

Geoff joined the CDA in 2001 as the Manager of Information Technology. In 2009 Geoff moved to the position of Manager of Health Informatics Services, and in 2017 was appointed to the position of Associate Director Practice Support Services. Geoff’s primary responsibilities relate to the development and operation of CDA’s Practice Support Services that include CDAnet, ITRANS, the CDA Digital ID, CDA Secure Send and the Practice Support Services website. Other previous and current activities include managing the administration of the Dental Aptitude Test, managing the process of maintaining the USC&LS code book, dental benefits issues and leading development projects like ITRANS 2.0.

Geoff holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, and a Master of Business Administration, specializing in digital technologies, from Royal Roads University. Geoff and his wife Jo-Anne have two daughters and a son, and are recent empty-nesters. In his spare time Geoff volunteers with the sport of Ringette, skis and sails.