Natalie Muccioli Emery

Natalie Muccioli Emery

Board Chair

​Ensuring access to dental hygiene services for vulnerable populations is a professional and personal priority for me.

In 2017, after 12 years I made the difficult, but necessary decision to leave private dental practice and pursue a career in dental hygiene education where I knew my knowledge and expertise would have the most significant impact for the future of dental hygiene and Canada’s vulnerable populations.

For the past eight years, I have pursued a degree in Health Services Management at Ryerson University, in June 2018, I graduated with Distinction. My experience at Ryerson provided me with foundational knowledge in research and understanding the structure of Canada’s health care policies.

I enhanced my learning by selecting professionally related courses in gerontology and disability studies so I would have an opportunity to learn more about these demographics who encounter barriers accessing dental hygiene services.

I was able to view vulnerable demographics through the lens of an oral health care provider and at the culmination of my studies my capstone project researched the knowledge of independent dental hygienists providing care to vulnerable populations through the Gift from the Heart initiative.

Lisa Frisch

Lisa Frisch

I am thrilled to join the Board of Directors for the Gift from the Heart. I have been a dental hygienist for 20 years spanning both clinical and educational positions.

As part of my clinical background, I practiced geriatric oral care for 13 years at the Baycrest Centre. Within my role, I observed the increased need for oral care within the elderly setting.

As an educator, I have been involved in both the clinical and didactic courses focusing on community needs. Through the courses and our clinics, we see the tremendous impact low access to dental care has on our community.

I co-ordinate many various community experiences for the students to increase their awareness of oral health within various community groups here in the Durham region.

I was thrilled to initiate and organize our first Gift from the Heart last spring here at Durham College. I look forward to continue working with the organization and hosting this amazing event.

I have been following the Gift from the Heart for many years. I have been amazed how it has grown over the years across the province and then the country.

I would thrilled to join the Board of Directors and help the organization continue to grow to new heights. This will continue to help those in our community reach both oral and overall health.