Krista Dufour

Krista Dufour

Board Chair krista.gfth@gmail.com

 

As a registered dental hygienist, I am passionate about oral health and social justice.

In 2018, I opened my independent mobile practice, GoSmile to address significant barriers to accessing oral health care services within my community.

I consider myself a student of life and am always actively looking for opportunities to learn and grow. As a regular volunteer at a local charity dental clinic I often see the effects that lack of oral healthcare can have on the overall wellness and quality of life for vulnerable individuals.

I strongly believe that no Canadian should suffer with poor oral health and that we, as oral health professions have a social obligation to advocate and raise awareness of the issues surrounding barriers to accessing preventative oral care and to so what we can to help the most vulnerable in our communities.

I know that together, dental hygienists can and will make a difference.

I am deeply honoured to join the Gift from the Heart team and look forward to working with such amazing, dedicated and compassionate professionals.

Lisa Frisch

Lisa Frisch

Board Member lisafrisch.gfth@gmail.com

 

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.

Dr. Ramez Salti

Dr. Ramez Salti

Board Member

Dr. Ramez Salti is and has been practicing dentistry for 13 years in the province of Ontario.  As the eldest son of three siblings, Dr. Ramez Salti was raised with strong-valued and loving parents.  Family and friends are amongst the most important things for Dr. Salti.

In 1996, he left home to attend McMaster University for his honours science degree where he studied biochemistry and mathematics. He carried on at McMaster University completing his MBA. Shortly thereafter he graduated, as valedictorian, from The University of Western Ontario’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. At Western Dentistry, Dr. Salti became instantly ‘bit by the bug’ to serve his patients, team members and community.

In his third year of Dental school, Dr. Salti travelled to Tanzania, Africa where he spent 2 months volunteering his time with schools, orphanages, hospitals, and local dental offices. This was a life-changing experience that propelled him into further outreach Canadian initiatives.

His philosophy on how dentistry should be delivered was founded and cultivated during his time in eastern Ontario communities, such as Belleville and Cobourg, where he held associate and owner roles for 13 years. His passion for providing care to his patients in a customized and multi-disciplinary fashion remains a cornerstone of his clinical approach. Every patient is different, and thus every patient deserves a customized appointment such that their unique dental and social needs are met.

Dr. Salti is a member of The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, Ontario Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association, and the Bay of Quinte Dental Society. He is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and is certified in intravenous conscious sedation. Dr. Salti strives to advance his training through continuing education and certification courses.

With over 13 years of commitment to education and mentorship, Dr. Salti has been a lecturer in Schulich Medicine and Dentistry’s third-year program. He has also lectured at various study clubs in the Ottawa and Halifax areas. He routinely acts as a mentor to university students, dental students and new dentist graduates.

Dr. Salti offers a wide range of services for patients of all ages. In addition to general dentistry, he has a keen interest in surgical and sedation services. He has gained advanced level training in intravenous sedation, oral sedation, implant dentistry, soft and hard tissue augmentation, and wisdom teeth removal.

He spends his time away from dentistry playing soccer, exercising, and hanging out with his niece and nephews.

Dr. Salti looks forward to meeting you and caring for your unique dental needs.

Victoria DiNardo

Victoria DiNardo

Board Member

Victoria is an independent practicing Registered Dental Hygienist in good standing with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. She is a member of the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association, the Ontario Dental Hygienist Association and the American Academy of Oral System Health. She is a current member of the Business Executive Organization of Hamilton where she sits on a sub-committee to the board and a past board member of the Hamilton and District Dental Hygiene Society where she served as Public Liaison. Victoria works full time at Gleam Smile Centre an oral healthcare practice in Hamilton Ontario. Victoria believes that the key to a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth and as an oral healthcare provider cares greatly about the health and wellbeing of her community. She has participated annually in Gift from the Heart for several years running and is a strong advocate for providing accessible care to the public. 

Carlie Hill

Carlie Hill

Student Ambassador

Hi! My name is Carlie Hill, I am currently in my last semester of Dental Hygiene. The dental profession has always been my plan for the future and now that I have almost completed school I took it upon myself to get out into the dental community as much as I could.

I am very excited to become a team member for Gift From The Heart and help the community and people in need of dental care. I have always admired the efforts that organizations like Gift From The Heart provide to the less fortunate, and now that I have the opportunity to engage and participate in these efforts I am even more thrilled for the day I become a Registered Dental Hygienist!

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