“The graduate orthodontics program at Western has an excellent reputation for providing an exceptional education, both academically and clinically. I was proud to be accepted here.”
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
I believe it starts from the top. The Orthodontics Chair and the Clinic Director have done an outstanding job creating a positive working and learning environment for all the residents. We also have excellent orthodontic instructors, and Western faculty, who devote their time to our education. Our clinical and administrative staff is also very well organized and supportive which allows us to get the most out of our day-to-day learning.
Where is “home” for you?
Saint John, New Brunswick.
Describe your research.
An orthodontist not only needs to understand the biomechanics of moving teeth in a healthy and stable way, but also requires a thorough understanding of the growth of the jaws. I am doing a cephalometric (radiographic) study that is investigating nasal morphology as a possible predictor for craniofacial growth direction.
Do you engage in volunteer activities?
Back home in New Brunswick, I am involved with coaching Special Olympics soccer. In fact, I was one of the coaches who represented New Brunswick at the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games here in London, Ontario.
Have you worked as a TA or RA?
I have worked as a TA teaching third year dental students part of their orthodontic component. Being involved in academia is something that I hope to do following my time here as a graduate student, so it was a great experience.