Our Faculty

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Dr. Diego Ardenghi DDS, MA (Educ), MSc, Dip. Pros, FRCD (C) Assistant Professor

Dr. Ardenghi is an Assistant Professor in Prosthodontics in the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan. He joined USASK after working as the Director of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida, Acting Associate Dean Academic at USask, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University California San Francisco. In addition, Dr. Ardenghi had worked as the Assistant Secretary of the International Dental Ethics and Law Society, a Society that was established to foster an international dialogue on the values guiding the practice of oral health care. Dr. Ardenghi earned his dental degree from the Federal University of Santa Maria, RS, Brazil. His Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum Studies is from The University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and his Master of Craniofacial Sciences and Clinical Specialization in Prosthodontics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Diego is a Board Certified Prosthodontist and Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He has several publications and has spoken nationally and internationally in several dental meetings, congress, conferences and CE courses. He also works as an invited consultant (reviewer) for several respectable international journals. Dr. Ardenghi is one of the few clinician dentist educators who have a formal graduate training (Master of Arts) in Curriculum studies where he learnt about curriculum design for dental education. His main research areas are in the field of Teaching Methodologies, Student Learning, Qualitative Research, Dental materials and Synchrotron imaging including veneers and CAD/CAM dentistry, Access to Dental Care Services, and Prosthodontics 3D Printing.


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Dr. Mark Berscheid Professor, Pedodontics

Dr. Mark Berscheid obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 2007. After working in the oil and gas industry for one year he decided to pursue dentistry. In 2011 he obtained his DMD from the University of Saskatchewan. He worked as a general practitioner in Saskatoon for 2 years before enrolling in a 3 year hospital residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. In 2016 he received a Masters of Dentistry from the UofM for completing his masters thesis which involved using micro-computed tomography for analyzing accessory canals in the furcation region of primary molars. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.


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Dr. Doug Brothwell DMD, BED, MSC, DDPH Dean

Dr. Doug Brothwell is Dean and Professor in the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan. He joined USask after 20 years at the University of Manitoba, including 10-years as Associate Dean (Academic) and 10 years as the founder and Director of the UM Centre for Community Oral Health. Canada’s largest dental public health entity serving disadvantaged Canadians. Dr. Brothwell is proud to have served more than 2-years as President of the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry, and over 20 years as a member and Chair of the CDA consumer products Seal of Recognition program. He has DMD and BEd degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, MSc and DDPH degrees from the University of Toronto, and a Certificate in Quality Management from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Brothwell’s teaching responsibilities and interests include epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, mental health, smoking cessation, and evidence-based decision making.


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Dr. Maria Copete MSc, DDS Professor

Dr. Maria Copete, earned her DDS degree from the Colegio Odontológico Colombiano in 1981. After some years in private dental practice, she undertook graduate studies in oral pathology at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and obtained a specialty certificate in oral pathology and a Master of science degree in 1992. She obtained post-graduate training and certificate in dental diagnostic science at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1994. She completed one year postdoctoral fellowship at Temple University, School of Medicine, Department of Pathology in 1995. Dr. Copete is a fellow of the American Academy of Oral Pathology and is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She is currently a professor in the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan.


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Dr. Keith Da Silva DDS, MSc, Cert. Pediatric Dentistry, FRDC(C) (Paedo, DPH) Assistant Professor

Dr. Da Silva is a clinician and researcher in the disciplines of pediatric dentistry and dental public health. In addition to his role as an assistant professor, Dr. Da Silva is also working on his PhD in public policy where his research will focus on oral health policy and access to dental care. He completed his dental training at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine; his pediatric dentistry training at the New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center; and his master’s degree in dental public health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Da Silva is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in pediatric dentistry, a candidate for fellowship in dental public health, and a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. After spending eight years in private practice, Dr. Da Silva shifted his focus and is now primarily involved in teaching and research activities. He is also active within the dental community, having recently completed his term as president of the Halton-Peel Dental Association.


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Dr. Peter Doig DMD, Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Management Assistant Professor

Dr. Doig graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry in 1983. He also holds a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Management from Athabasca University. After graduation, Dr. Doig practiced general dentistry for 30 years in Dauphin and Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Dental Association and a Past-President of the Manitoba Dental Association. He is currently the Chairman of the Dentistry Committee of the Canadian Dental Accreditation Commission. He is also the Chairman of the Board of instream, a high-tech firm active in B2B services to the insurance industry, primarily in dental claims transmission and payment services. Dr. Doig’s academic focus includes dental practice management, comprehensive care dentistry and advanced education of internationally trained dentists through lecturing, clinical teaching and mentorship. He believes mentorship is the foundation of an approach to education that facilitates excellence in learning, student success and a lifelong passion for the profession.


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Theresa Donald RDA Instructor, Dental Assistant Program

Terrie graduated from the Kelsey Institute Dental Assisting Program in 1985. She served as a board member for The Saskatchewan Dental Assistants Association from 1986 through 1990. Over the course of her career, she has been employed in a variety of roles in dentistry including sales, automation of offices and extensive chairside experience. Theresa is also an instructor with the Red Cross teaching First Aid, CPR , Babysitting and Phycological First Aid. During her 35 years assisting career she has mentored many dental assisting students.


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Christine Downing Instructor, DA Program

Christine Downing is full time Instructor for the Dental Assisting Program. Christine is a Registered Dental Assistant and a Registered Dental Hygienist. She completed her certificate in the Dental Assisting Program from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Wascana Campus in 2004. After working as an RDA in private practice she returned to SIAST in 2008 and earned her Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2010. Christine was the recipient of the Clinical Proficiency Award on behalf of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan. She started her career as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2010 and maintained her license as a Registered Dental Assistant. Christine has enjoyed mentoring Dental Assisting and Hygiene students over the span of her 15-year career in private practice. Christine is also an acting member of the Professional Conduct Committee with the Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists’ Association since 2016. Passionate about her new role within the University of Saskatchewan Dental Assisting Program, Christine looks forward to making the program successful and sought after. Christine truly enjoys interacting with her students and providing them the tools they need to achieve their goals in the program and their future.


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Kellie Glass MBA, RDH Assistant Dean, Dental Assisting Program

Kellie Glass graduated from the University of Manitoba, School of Dental Hygiene in 1995 and has been involved in the dental/health field in many capacities since that time: as a clinical dental hygienist, educator/instructor at both the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan, and respected speaker at regional and national professional conferences. Upon completion of a Master’s degree in Business Administration specializing in Health Services Management from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005, she has served in a management role with a regional health authority, and from 2007 to 2019 has been Registrar – Executive Director for both the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba (CDHM) and the Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists’ Association (SDHA). In her roles as Registrar-Executive Director, Kellie was committed to upholding the standards of the dental hygiene profession, was instrumental in developing programs and services for both the CDHM and SDHA, and is passionate about working collaboratively to improve the oral and overall health of the people of Saskatchewan.


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Dr. Renata Grazziotin MSc, PhD, DDS Assistant Professor

Dr. Grazziotin is Assistant Professor at the College of Dentistry. She joined USask in 2017 to work in the discipline of endodontics. In 2019 she moved to the US to join University of Florida operative dentistry as a resident. Her passion for USask made her come back to the College in 2020 to coordinate an endodontics course and to share knowledge in operative dentistry. Dr. Grazziotin is also proud to have worked as a post-doctoral fellow (dental education) at the University of California San Francisco-UCSF in 2015-2016; and as a research fellow (dental materials) at Cardiff University U.K. in 2011-2012. Dr. Grazziotin is originally from Brazil where she worked in the academic field for more than 10 years (including being a tenured-professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul UFRGS). She earned her degrees in Brazil: DDS (Federal University of Santa Maria- UFSM, 2001); Diploma in Endodontics (Brazilian Society of Dental Surgeons- Sobracid, 2006); MSc Endodontics (Lutheran University of Brazil-ULBRA, 2008); and PhD Endodontics (Lutheran University of Brazil-ULBRA, 2012). Dr. Grazziotin`s teaching responsibilities and research interests include synchrotron images for dentistry, dental materials, inter-relation endodontics-restorative dentistry and dental education – working mainly with confidence and visual methods.


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Dr. Amanda Gruza DMD, FRCD(C) Assistant Professor and Incoming General Practice Residency Program Director

Dr. Gruza graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry in 2010 and subsequently completed a one-year general practice residency at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. She then spent several years in private practice as a general dentist and worked as a part-time clinical faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry. In 2019, Dr. Gruza completed her four-year, hospital-based residency through the University of British Columbia, becoming a board-certified Oral & Maxillofacial Pathologist, as well as a board-certified Oral Medicine Specialist. Dr. Gruza currently teaches and supervises both undergraduate dental students and post-graduate general practice residents. As of 2020, Dr. Gruza will also take on the role of Director of the General Practice Residency program at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Gruza also works in private practice part-time as an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist and Oral Medicine Specialist in the Saskatchewan Health Authority.


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Dr. Alan Heinrichs Assistant Professor, Part Time Group Practice Leader

Upon receiving his DMD from the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan in 1981, Dr. Heinrichs entered full time private practice beginning in Estevan, SK. He moved in 1984 to Swift Current, SK, where he practiced until 2000 when he moved to Medicine Hat, AB. In 2011, he undertook a part time position back at the College of Dentistry as an assistant professor, with a focus on clinical instruction while practicing part-time at his former dental practice in Swift Current. He has been a full-time assistant professor at the college since 2013. Related professional activities include serving as a supervising instructor for dental students from the college during their extern program at the Fond du Lac First Nation in 1988 as well as serving as the Interim Clinical Director at SIAST’s Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant Program, Regina Campus, in 1991.


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Dr. Jay Hoover BDS, PhD Professor

Dr. Jay Hoover received his BDS from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 1975; graduate and research training in Periodontics from the Royal Dental College, Denmark, and a PhD from the University of Peradenyia, in 1980. Dr. Hoover is a full professor at the College of Dentistry and is responsible for teaching basic and clinical periodontics to years 2 and 4 and tooth morphology to year 1.


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Dr. Ahmed Hussain MSc, PhD, DDS Assistant Professor

Dr. Ahmed Hussain is a Canadian Board Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics. His academic background includes a Bachelor Degree of Dental Science, Master of Science in Prosthodontics, a Doctor of Dental Surgery, and a Doctor of Medical Science (PhD). His passion for knowledge has led him to travel the world to study dentistry. He studied at the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto; in Canada, and Kyoto University in Japan. Dr. Hussain is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Prosthodontics and an active member of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan. He has numerous publications in well-reputed journals and he is the inventor of a new scaffold for bone regeneration. He has presented both nationally and internationally and won various awards).


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Leslie Irwin Instructor, Dental Assistant Program (On Leave)

Ms. Irwin is no stranger to the USask College of Dentistry. Before joining the Certificate in Dental Assisting (CDA) program, she worked at the College of Dentistry as a clinic floor dental assistant—a position she first began in September 1991. During her time with the college, she has had the opportunity to work with dental students in many capacities. Most recently, Ms. Irwin provided training for the axiUm Dental Software Program and ran the college's Pediatric Program. Ms. Irwin graduated from the Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1986 and spent her first few years out of school working in private practice before joining the college.


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Dr. Dean Kolbinson DMD, MSD Professor

Dr. Dean Kolbinson received his DMD degree from the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan and his Master of Science in Dentistry degree and Certificate in Oral Medicine from the University of Washington. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Oral Medicine. He is a full-time Professor, with a part-time oral medicine clinical practice, at the College of Dentistry.


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Dr. Jay Lalli Assistant Professor

Dr. Jay Lalli was raised in Saskatoon and proud to call it his home. He completed his D.M.D in 2012 at the University of Saskatchewan and subsequently completed the General Practice Residency (GPR) at the Saskatoon Health Region. Following this, he completed his specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2018 at the Winnipeg Health Region, and also graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Masters in Dentistry. He currently works at Saskatoon Oral Surgery, is an assistant professor at the College of Dentistry, and is a member of the Cleft Lip and Palate team at Jim Pattison’s Children's Hospital. Dr. Lalli’s main interests are in facial trauma, orthognathic surgery and head and neck pathology.


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Dr. Andrew Leask BSc, PhD Professor

Dr. Leask completed his Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology at the University of British Colubmia. He went on to complete his PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Leask is a member of the scientific boards of the American Society of Matrix Biology and the International CCN Society. He is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Cell Communication, which gained its first impact factor under his leadership. He is also on the editorial board of the American Journal of Pathology. He has been a plenary and invited speaker at many meetings and at approximately 100 universities, including Okayama University, University of Liverpool, FASEB Matricellular meeting, and the American Society of Matrix Biology. Dr. Leask has an h index of 57 and has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers that have been cited over 12,000 times.


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Dr. Jory Longworth Assistant Professor

Dr. Longworth graduated from the University Of Saskatchewan College Of Dentistry in 2013. He enjoyed two years of full time private practice in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In late 2015, Dr. Longworth began part-time clinical instructor at the USask College of Dentistry and immediately developed a passion for education in dentistry. Over the past 5 years Dr. Longworth has served the college as course coordinator for DENT 220 operative dentistry, DENT 225 dental anatomy, DENT 226 occlusion, DENT 309 dental communications 1, DENT 330 removable prosthodontics, DENT 340 fixed prosthodontics, and DENT 409 dental communications. Dr. Longworth is also currently working on his thesis to earn a master’s degree in public health from the University of Saskatchewan School of Public Health.


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Dr. Sheri McKinstry BSc, BSc (Dent), DMD, MPH, M.Dent, FRCDC-Provisional Assistant Professor

Wabishki mitadim ojichidaa ikwe / Dr. McKinstry is Anishinaabekwe from Treaty 1 territory, and proud member of Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. She is married with four children and is honoured to live and work on Treaty 6 territory. She is an assistant professor in the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan. She is looking forward to sharing her professional and personal lived experience with the University of Saskatchewan, especially the College of Dentistry. Dr. McKinstry completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Manitoba in 2001; and went on to attain a Bachelor of Science in Dentistry and a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2005, also from the University of Manitoba. Upon graduation from dental school, she provided dental care in First Nation communities for over a decade until she left to specialize in paediatric dentistry. During this time, Dr. McKinstry started a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies and obtained a Master of Public Health in 2017, specifically in Indigenous Peoples’ Health from the University of Victoria. Here, her area of focus was in Reconciliation and Cultural Safety in Dentistry. Recently she completed the Master of Dentistry / Paediatric Dentistry Residency program at the University of Manitoba, where her research focus was on the oral heath experience of First Nations children. Her goal is to use her knowledge and expertise to benefit First Nation children and communities while transitioning into an academic and research career. Dr. McKinstry is a provisional Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in paediatric dentistry.


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Dr. Judy Monteith Part Time Clinical Instructor Support

Dr. Judy Monteith was born in Saskatoon and raised in rural Saskatchewan. In 1984, she graduated from the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan. Following graduation she practiced dentistry in Saskatoon, worked for the Saskatchewan Dental Plan and taught in Removable Prosthodontics. She relocated to practice in Southern Ontario in 1988 until her return in 1999. Since then she has been in private practice and has taught primarily in Operative Dentistry, Fixed Prosthodontics and Removable Prosthodontics. Her current role, mentoring the Student Dental Clinic, is one she finds most rewarding.


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Dr. Francisco Otero-Cagide Associate Professor

Dr. Francisco Otero-Cagide received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City in 1975. He completed his graduate Diploma programme in Periodontics at the University of Toronto in 1978. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology since 2006. Dr. Otero-Cagide joined the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan in 1992.


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Dr. Petros Papagerakis DDS, BSc, MSc, PhD Associate Dean, Research

Dr. Petros Papagerakis graduated from the School of Dentistry-Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed postgraduate training at the University of Paris (France) in Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Hospital Pediatric Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences (BSc), Oral Biology (MSc), and Cellular and Developmental Biology (PhD). He also completed a NIH-funded post-doctoral training in Craniofacial Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas, USA. Dr. Papagerakis served as faculty of Dentistry (primary) and Medicine (affiliated) at the 7th University of Paris, the University of Texas and the University of Michigan before relocating to the University of Saskatchewan.


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Dr. Tyler Phaneuf BSc, DMD Assistant Professor

Originally from Maymont, Saskatchewan, Tyler completed a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan and was a member of the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry class of 2014. Tyler practiced family dentistry in Regina for three years before returning to grad school at the University of Toronto to complete a three-year residency in endodontics. Current professional memberships include fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (F.R.C.D.(C)), American Academy of Endodontists, Canadian Academy of Endodontists, College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan, and Regina & District Dental Society.


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Dr. Amrinderbir Singh DDS, MPH Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health and Director, Inclusive Community Care

Dr. Amrinderbir Singh is an Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health and Director of Inclusive Community Outreach at the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan. He joined USask after working for four years in Northern Saskatchewan in different capacities as Director of Primary Health Care with Saskatchewan Health Authority and Regional Inter-sectoral Coordinator with Northern Human Services Partnership. Dr. Singh completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Sri Guru Ramdas Institute of Dental Sciences and Research in India. He practiced as a dentist before completing his Master of Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. With extensive experience working with Northern Saskatchewan communities, Dr. Singh’s role at USask is to explore opportunities for innovation to extend service and care to priority populations outside of cities. Dr. Singh has spent his career developing and executing a comprehensive, integrated and community based holistic health model. His research interests include Canadian Indigenous oral health, access to oral healthcare services in Canada, spirituality and health, oral health and nutrition, patient and family-centered care, and holistic approaches to oral health.


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Dr. Gerry Uswak Associate Professor

Dr. Gerry Uswak received his DMD from the University of Manitoba in 1989, his MPH from the University of North Carolina in 1992 and his Diploma in Dental Public Health from the North Carolina Division of Dental Health in 1993. Additionally, he completed a GPR at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg in 1990. He joined the College of Dentistry as an Associate Professor in 2005. Shortly thereafter, he became acting dean for a period of two years and then went on to serve as dean until August 2017. He teaches Dental Practice Management and maintains a Dental Public Health consulting practice. Dr. Uswak has practiced in various locations including Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Bolivia. His clinical practice was primarily hospital-based Pediatric Dentistry. Prior to joining the College, Dr. Uswak was CEO of the Inuvik Regional Health and Social Services Authority. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry and a member of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan Quality Assurance Committee.