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Leadership Team

Susan Anholt, BA, RDA

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Susan holds a certificate in dental assisting, and holds current registration and licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant in Saskatchewan. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, from the University of Saskatchewan. She has been employed in private practice dentistry, dental assisting education and currently serves as the Executive Director/Registrar of the Saskatchewan Dental Assistants' Association. Susan has spent a lifetime serving in many volunteer capacities. She is a former President of the Saskatoon Dental Assistants’ Society and the President of the Saskatchewan Dental Assistants' Association. She is a past member of the Council of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan. She has served on and continues to serve on numerous community boards and councils. She is currently a director of the National Dental Assisting Examining Board and long serving member of the Canadian Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities.

Jerod Orb

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Jerod has been Executive Director of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CDSS) since 2007. Graduating with a degree in Political Studies from the University in Saskatchewan in 2004, he soon found his way to Parliament Hill where he served as a legislative assistant for almost 4 years. A booming Saskatchewan economy in 2007 and an acute dose of home sickness had Jerod heading back to the prairies accepting the position of executive director with the CDSS.  Although the profession was totally foreign to him, it did not take long to realize that he was working for a great group of people.  Over the years he’s also had the pleasure of working with the leadership of the other oral health professions.  Yet another wonderful group of amazing and caring people. It is his desire to aid his oral health colleagues by providing a non-dental perspective to oral heath issues. He also feels his time in government can also help his colleagues maneuver the complexities of Interprofessional and government relations. 

Leslie Topola, SDT, DHE

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Leslie is currently a Manager for the Saskatoon Health Region, Population and Public Heath-Oral Health and Rural Public Health Nursing departments. She is a dental therapist and graduated from Wascana Institute of Applied Arts & Science in 1974. She worked as a dental therapist in the Saskatchewan Dental Plan in Saskatoon and as a dental health educator for Saskatchewan Health.  From 1992-95 she was the Director of Saskatchewan Health’s Dental Health Education Program. Since then she has managed several programs in Saskatoon Health Region. She has over 40 years of experience in community-based public health and has used this knowledge to develop, expand and promote the Saskatchewan Oral Health Coalition.

Kellie Watson, RDH, MBA

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Kellie Watson 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, she has served in a management role with a regional health authority, and since 2007 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 has served as a Board of Governor for the National Dental Certification Board, including being President from 2012 to 2015, Regulatory member and Treasurer for the Federation of Dental Hygiene Regulatory Authorities (FDHRA), and been involved with accreditation site visits for dental hygiene education programs in her region. She is committed to upholding the standards of the dental hygiene profession, has been 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, and advance the dental hygiene profession in Canada. 

Doctor Parviz Yazdani DMD, BSC

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After finishing degrees in physiology and anatomy, Dr. Parviz Yazdani graduated from the College of Dentistry at University of Saskatchewan. He has been a dentist for the past 20 years and has worked extensively in both small town and urban settings. In addition to working in private practice where he owns and manages two clinics, he has worked in OR settings providing comprehensive dental services under general anesthesia. He has served as a clinic instructor at the College of Dentistry and is the founder and former managing Director of Saskatoon West Dental, and the Outreach clinic of the College of Dentistry. He has also launched and served in various field clinics, operated by a number of NGO's in Africa, Latin American and Middle East, providing dental care to refugees and the underserved. He resides in Saskatoon.

Maryam Jafari, MPH

Member Till: Administrative Assistant
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Maryam was a dentist and an Assistant Professor in Iran for seven years. She moved to Toronto where she worked as a Research Fellow in the University Health Network for two years. Maryam received a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2016. She is passionate about improving people’s lives through research, empowerment and advocacy!

Carol Karppinen

Member Till: Summer 2013

Karen J. MacDonald

Member Till: January 2016

Candace Rediron

Member Till: Summer 2016

Vidya Shanmugam

Member Till: Spring 2014

Yvonne Tessier

Member Till: Summer 2013

Christine Thompson

Member Till: Fall 2014

Sheri Townsend

Member Till: Spring 2016

Megan Wells

Dianne Whelan, RDA, CCA

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Dianne served as a registered dental assistant (RDA) for 40 years. She has had the opportunity and privilege of working in Private Practice Dentistry - Family and Pedodontics, Saskatchewan Dental Health Plan, Saskatoon and Prince Albert Parkland Health Regions. As a member of Saskatchewan Oral Health Coalition, with the necessity to facilitate oral care in long term care homes, she decided to diversify, returned to school in 2015 to receive her continuing care assistant (CCA) certification. In 2016, Dianne moved to rural Saskatchewan, where she has a broad range of employment options available. She is passionate about public awareness, sharing and networking with caring associates to support oral care for all in Saskatchewan. Dianne would like to encourage broader participation from RDAs and CCAs in the Coalition.

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