Natalie Muccioli Emery
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.
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.
From treating and feeding the homeless, to treating people from remote communities with no access to dental and dental hygiene services, to fundraising for access to supplies or equipment, and advocating for access to care for all, I cherish all these opportunities that I had throughout my career to give back.
I feel so fortunate to have been blessed in life with an inspirational and fulfilling career and professional experiences that open my world to so many connections and interactions with wonderful individuals from all over the world.
Gift from the Heart is just another way to show how much we care that everyone in Canada strive for better oral and general health.
I have reached out to community organizations serving vulnerable populations in order to increase awareness of the services provided by GFTH. In my role as a clinical instructor at Dalhousie University, I oversee the dental hygiene care provided by our students in the grad perio program.
A large portion of our clients come from vulnerable population. In the past, I have taught the Exceptional Clients course to Dental Hygiene students at Dalhousie University. Many exceptional clients are also considered vulnerable population.
I have been in the oral healthcare field for over 24 years as a service provider and educator. I have experienced firsthand the large segment of the population who cannot or do not access oral healthcare services.
I have served on council for the College of Dental Hygienists of NS for 6 years. During this time I have been involved in many initiatives aimed at increasing oral health awareness and access to care.
Currently, I serve as the Chairperson of the Membership Services Committee which gives me direct communication with all the members of the CDHNS.
One of the mandates of our committee is to promote the profession of dental hygiene, which I feel fits in nicely with GFTH.