Dentistry News

Recognizing professional success

Several Schulich Dentistry faculty and alumni received the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) Award of Merit for 2016. This award is presented to ODA member dentists for outstanding service to the profession for a period of four years or more. Award recipients included: Dr. Doug Beaton, DDS’88; Dr. Penny Campbell-Lownie, DDS’95; Dr. Greg Carr, DDS’83; Dr. Michael Hornyak, DDS’86; Dr. Jim Jean, DDS’73; Dr. Gordon Payne, DDS’86; Dr. Paul Romanson, DDS’72.

ODA President’s Cup Hockey Classic supports DOCS program

It was the match-up of the year when Schulich Dentistry’s hockey team, The Mighty Dents, faced off against the University of Toronto for the 2016 ODA President’s Cup Hockey Classic. Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd, the Mighty Dents prevailed, bringing home the ODA Cup to its rightful place at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. The School’s Dental Outreach Community Service (DOCS) program was the real winner of the game, however, benefiting from fundraising efforts and receiving a donation of $1,500.

New Residency Appointments

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (OFMS) Resident

  • Dr. Jeff Soparlo

General Practice Residency (GPR) Residents

  • Dr. Derek Chung
  • Dr. Kasia Dymerska
  • Dr. Leanna Dunn
  • Dr. Carol Lui

Dr. Jack McLister serves as President of the Ontario Dental Association

Dr. Jack McListerDr. Jack McLister, DDS’75, a faculty member at Schulich Dentistry for close to four decades, was named President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) for the 2016-17 year.

A member of the ODA for 41 years, Dr. McLister’s involvement in organized dentistry began immediately after graduating from Schulich Dentistry in 1975. He joined the London & District Dental Society (LDDS) and sat on several committees focused on community out-reach. He also served two terms on the ODA Board of Directors.

Dr. McLister retired from the family practice he managed for 38 years, but remains devoted to the oral health of Ontarians and will continue to advocate for them in his role as ODA President. He continues to teach and mentor students at Schulich Dentistry.

Honouring a quarter century of service

Western University honoured long-serving employees at special award ceremonies in 2016, recognizing service of 25 years or more. The honourees included Schulich Dentistry faculty and staff: Full-Time: Dr. Sahza Hatibovic-Kofman; Graeme Hunter, PhD; Barbera Merner. Part-Time: Dr. Mariela Anderson; Dr. Mark Botsford; Dr. Bruce Hill; Dr. Peter Fendrich; Dr. Clive Friedman; Dr. Manfred Friedman; Dr. Michael Hornyak; Dr. Ann Jarvis-Wachner; Dr. James Jean; Dr. Gary Keyes; Dr. John McLister; Dr. Donald Munro; Dr. Don Noble; Dr. Gordon Payne; Dr. Paul Romanson; Dr. Kenneth Wright.

Schulich Dentistry alumni honoured

During Reunion Weekend festivities, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry presented the Alumni of Distinction Awards, recognizing the tremendous contributions and achievements of our alumni.

Dr. Bruce HillAlumni of Distinction – Dentistry
Dr. Bruce Hill, DDS, MClD’90

Dr. Bruce Hill is an expert and leader in the field of orthodontics. A graduate of the Graduate Orthodontics Program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Dr. Hill has served as an adjunct professor for more than 20 years and has taught more than 60 graduate orthodontic residents at Schulich Dentistry. He is a dedicated educator and has a great teaching style, making it easy for residents to learn all aspects of clinical orthodontics. He has participated as an examiner on a number of committees and has invited many residents to visit his practice and experience first-hand all aspects of a busy orthodontic office.

With a keen interest in the treatment of special needs children and adults, Dr. Hill began an informal sub-speciality in special needs orthodontics. In 2001, he established a program with the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex to treat children and teens pro-bono. To date, more than 300 children have received comprehensive treatment from Dr. Hill and his staff.

Dr. Brenda ThomsonAlumni of Distinction – Dentistry
Dr. Brenda Thomson, BSc’78, DDS’84

With two Western degrees and many years serving on the Dental Alumni Society, acting in the role as social director for her graduating class, Dr. Brenda Thomson has strong ties to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

She has been in private practice in Mississauga since graduating in 1984. In addition to the many hours she has dedicated to her more than 2,600 patients, she has also been involved in her community.

Dr. Thomson has served in a number of roles with the Halton-Peel Dental Association including president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and editor of communications, as well as serving on a variety of committees. She has also served as a member of the Ontario Dental Association and served as President of the Women Dentists Association of Ontario for two terms.

Dr. Les KalmanCommunity Service Award
Dr. Les Kalman, DDS’99

Dr. Les Kalman has made a significant contribution to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and serves as a strong role model for all Schulich Dentistry students. His sincerity for helping less fortunate patients, demonstrated through the Dental Outreach Community Service (DOCS) program, sets a high standard. His students describe him as a valued mentor and outstanding teacher.

In 2011, Dr. Kalman took on the leader-ship of the DOCS program. Since that time, he has formalized and implemented a volunteer-based outreach program into a mandatory component of the fourth-year dental curriculum. He also proposed and developed a fourth-year didactic course to supplement the program; established an annual agency meeting to reinforce collaboration; and implemented treatment delivery at the Schulich Dentistry clinic to maximize clinical success. He has established new partnerships all in an effort to strengthen DOCS and reach more community members.