Our Faculty

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Dr. Reg Anholt Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track, APA)

Throughout the past 40 years, Dr. Anholt has been a clinical instructor beginning as a part-time associate professor in various departments. Since 2007, he has been a full time assistant professor. In 2011, He was appointed the Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs with the responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the pre-clinical facilities and teaching clinics. He provides collaboration, supervision and support to clinical faculty, staff and students. His latest administrative responsibilities, paired with academic and professional credentials and substantial clinical experiences, have been instrumental in developing innovative changes in teaching and procedure.

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Dr. Diego Ardenghi Acting Associate Dean Academic / Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

Dr. Ardenghi is a Fellow Board Certified Prosthodontist by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (FRCDC). He completed his Dental Surgeon degree at the Federal University of Santa Maria, RS, Brazil. He then moved to Canada to pursue further graduate education, completing a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria, BC. He further completed a second Masters degree in Craniofacial Science and a Specialty clinical degree (diploma) in Prosthodontics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Ardenghi then moved to the USA and worked as a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in San Francisco, California. After working in the USA Dr. Ardenghi relocated to Canada to work as an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the discipline of Prosthodontics.

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Dr. Mark Berscheid Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

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. Maria Copete Professor

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. Maria 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 Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

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. Renata Grazziotin Soares Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

Dr. Grazziotin obtained her Dental Surgeon degree at the Federal University of Santa Maria, RS, Brazil (UFSM). After some years in private general dental practice she undertook graduate studies focused on Endodontics (Specialty Clinical degree, MSc and PhD) at the Brazilian Society of Dental Surgeons (Sobracid) and Lutheran University of Brazil (ULBRA). She worked as an Endodontist and as a part-time instructor (in two Universities) and, then, as a full time Assistant Professor of Endodontics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (UFRGS). She had the opportunity to spent 2 years as a research fellow: 1 year-internship at the School of Dentistry, Cardiff University, U.K.; and 1 year doing Post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), USA. Then, she moved to Canada to work at the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan, working full time as an assistant professor in endodontics and research projects.

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Dr. Alan Heinrichs 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 I moved to Medicine Hat, AB. In 2011, he undertook a part time position back at the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan 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 of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan since 2013. Related professional activities include serving as a supervising instructor for dental students from the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan 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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Leslie Irwin Assistant Dean/Instructor, Dental Assistant Program

Ms. Irwin is no stranger to the USask College of Dentistry. Before beginning her new role as Assistant Dean/Instructor of 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. Les 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. Abbas Jessani Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

Dr. Jessani is an assistant professor and coordinator for Operative Dentistry at the college. After finishing his DDS from the University of Karachi in 2011, Dr. Jessani joined UBC Dentistry for an MSc and PhD while focusing on access to dental care for marginalized populations—particularly those living with HIV. His diverse teaching experience includes community outreach, problem-based learning and clinical teaching. During his time at UBC, Dr. Jessani won several awards for clinical teaching excellence as well as academic scholarships for his outstanding research skills. When not working, Dr. Jessani likes to travel and volunteer his time in the community.

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Dr. Dean Kolbinson 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. Judy Monteith Group Practice Leader

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 in the Student Dental Clinic as a Group Practice Leader, 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. Garnet Packota Emeritus Professor

Dr. Packota was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  He received his DMD from the University of Saskatchewan, and obtained his M Sc degree and specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He has been a faculty member at the College of Dentistry since 1985. At the College of Dentistry, he served as Head of the previous Department of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences, and was Acting Associate Dean for one year. Dr. Packota is a former President of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) and the Canadian Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and has served as an examiner for his specialty with the RCDC for many years.

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Dr. Petros Papagerakis Associate Dean, Research & Associate Professor

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. Petros 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 his recent relocation at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Dr. David Stark Special Lecturer (Term)

Dr. David Stark is a Saskatoon native and has two degrees from the University of Saskatchewan: B. Sc. (Physics) and D.M.D. From 1990 to 1993, he was in private dental practice in and around Saskatoon. Dave then completed graduate training and received his M. Sc. in Endodontics at the University of Minnesota in 1995. He returned to Saskatoon in 1995 and has been in private practice since then. For as many years, Dave has lectured in Endodontics and supervised in the Endodontic clinics at the University of Saskatchewan's dental school. He is now Clinical Professor and Special Lecturer at the Dental School. Dr. Stark was recipient of the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry's Gold Medal, the Minnesota Board of Dentistry's Star of the North Award and the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan Distinguished Service Award. He is a long-time member, past-President and current Treasurer of the Saskatoon and District Dental Society. He's a runner, a guitarist and singer, and with his three standard poodles, participates in canine agility.

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Dr. Mohan Teekasingh Program Director, Graduate Program Residency

Dr. Teekasingh is a 1996 graduate of the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan. Upon graduation he completed his dental residency at Royal University Hospital (RUH) in 1997. Shortly thereafter he was appointed on staff at the Department of Dentistry at RUH and continues to be an active member in the department. He was on faculty at the College of Dentistry from 1997 to 2003 and continues to contribute to dental education as a guest lecturer in various disciplines. He maintains his practice through RUH where he serves as program and clinic director of the General Practice Dental Residency program. Dr. Teekasingh has served on numerous committees for the CDSS, CDA and CDAC . He is also one of the founding members of the Canadian Association of Hospital Dentists. The dental program at RUH is unique in that it provides 24/7 on call services as well as dental treatment for medically complex patients including head and neck oncology and stem cell transplant patients.

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Dr. Gerry Uswak Interim Clinic Director

Dr. Gerry Uswak received his DMD from the University of Manitoba (1989), his MPH from the University of North Carolina (1992) and his Diploma in Dental Public Health from the North Carolina Division of Dental Health (1993). He completed a GPR at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg (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 31, 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.

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Dr. Kabir Virdi Oral Surgeon

Dr. Virdi received his DMD from the University of Saskatchewan in 2003. He practiced with the Canadian Forces Dental Corps from 2003 - 2006, as the Dental Officer stationed in Ottawa at National Defence Headquarters. From 2006 - 2010, Dr. Virdi completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical residency at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. Currently, Dr. Virdi is in private practice in Saskatoon with Saskatoon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.