Our Faculty

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Dr. Reg Anholt Assistant Professor

Dr. Anholt has been a clinical instructor in the college for more than 40 years, becoming a full-time assistant professor in 2007. He performed the role of Assistant Dean of Clinics from 2011 to 2016, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the pre-clinical facilities and teaching clinics. He is currently in the key role of Group Practice Leader in our new comprehensive care clinics.


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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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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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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 Dean, Clinics

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, School of Dentistry, DSATP at the Graduate Prosthodontics at the University of Toronto and at the Graduate Medical Science in 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 Acting 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. 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. Abbas Jessani DDS, MSc, PhD Assistant Professor

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 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. Judy Monteith 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. 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. Walter Siqueira PhD, DDS Professor and Acting Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Internationalization

Dr. Siqueira leads the Salivary Proteomics Research Laboratory. Dr. Siqueira’s program in proteomics, diagnostics and therapeutic using saliva is unique in all Canada. His research focuses on how saliva and salivary components can be used to improve the health of patients, both in the diagnosis and as therapeutics. His background as both a dental clinician and basic scientist has enabled him to integrate basic science with applied clinical research and promote knowledge translation. Dr. Siqueira is considered an international authority in the field of salivary research with more than 90 peer-reviewed papers (h-index = 33) in the most prestigious dental and biochemical journals. Due to his innovative research, Dr. Siqueira has been invited to present more than 50 lectures in universities and at conferences nationally and internationally over the last 5 years. Dr. Siqueira has been awarded several prestigious teaching and research honors. He was a recipient of the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education by the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry. He received the 2012 Salivary Researcher of the Year Award from the Salivary Research Group, IADR. The same year, he received the Visiting Professorship Award from the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR). Dr. Siqueira was also the recipient of the prestigious CIHR New Investigator Salary Award. In 2018, he received from Western University the title of Faculty Scholar. He was granted the 2019 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award, the most prestigious international award in oral health science. Dr. Siqueira has made several significant contributions to the field of salivary research and dentistry, Dr. Siqueira created an innovative nanoparticle method to delivery and protect, against degradation, salivary proteins and consequently prevent oral diseases (PCT Patent, licensing agreement with an Oral Health Company). Also, he is also deeply involved in the identification of salivary biomarkers for the early and easy diagnosis of global diseases such as Zika virus infection, where the outcome of this study recently was highlighted by the scientific and nonscientific media as a ground-break diagnostic method for these conditions (US Provisional Patent). Dr. Siqueira has trained 17 graduate students, 20 undergraduate students and 4 postdoctoral fellows. He is the current President (2019-2021) of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR). Additionally, he was one of the founders of the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR, a CIHR-funded network) and member of the Steering Committee. Internationally, he served as President and Scientific Program Chair of the Salivary Research Group, IADR. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Clinical Oral Investigations and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Dental Research.


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Dr. David Stark Professor, Endodontics

Dr. David Stark is a Saskatoon native and has two degrees from the University of Saskatchewan: B. Sc. (Physics) and DMD From 1990 to 1993, he was in private dental practice in and around Saskatoon. Dr. Stark 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. Gerry Uswak Acting Associate Dean, Academic

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.