Sarah McVanel, MSc, CSP, PCC, CHRL, CSODP

Sarah McVanel helps individuals leverage the exponential power of recognition to retain top talent, fuel healthy teams, and sustain healthy bottom lines. She speaks nationally on the topic, leads workshops, coaches leaders, and conducts organizational recognition program reviews.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Science in family relations, and diplomas in human resources and health care administration. She is also a certified senior organizational development professional (CSODP), professional certified coach (PCC), and certified human resources leader (CHRL). She is one of 1,500 certified professional speakers (CSP) worldwide and a past-president of the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS). With 20 years of experience, including at a senior leadership level, Sarah now owns a boutique firm, Greatness Magnified. She is an author of peer-reviewed journal articles and five books.


Joanna Asadoorian, PhD, RDH

Joanna Asadoorian is a professor and dental hygiene program coordinator at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario. Joanna completed her associate degree at Erie Community College, her Bachelor of Science (dental hygiene) and Master of Science at the University of Toronto, and her doctoral degree at the University of Manitoba in community health sciences. Her doctoral research was in knowledge translation, specifically exploring clinical decision-making capacity. Joanna has conducted studies in continuing competency, self-assessment, reflection, and in educational curriculum and home care practices.

Heather Brownlee, RDA

Heather has been a dental assistant for over 40 years. She worked for 8 years in private practice before starting a family. She joined the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba where she for 33 years, only recently retiring. Heather is currently the President Elect of the CDAA. Although she has been fortunate to work in many practices that were respectful and caring, she is aware this is not everyone’s experience. Heather’s hope is that the Healthy Workplace Matters resources will enable every member of the oral health team to create a healthy, respectful and nontoxic workplace.

David Clark, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C)

David Clark was director of dental services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario. He is currently an instructor in dentistry at the University of Toronto and part-time clinical instructor (dental hygiene) at Durham College and George Brown College. He obtained his DDS in 1976 and a Master of Science (oral pathology) in 1986. David is also a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Academy of Dentistry International. He was a recipient of the 2016 Ontario Dental Association Award of Merit.

Ronaye Coulson, MSc, CCC

Ronaye Coulson holds a Master of Science in counselling psychology and a Bachelor of Science in both psychology and biological sciences. She has conducted research in the field of resilience for over six years, and has shared this knowledge through workshops, public speaking, and as a therapist for over 15 years. Her passions are people and how connection, meaning, and working with our innate capacities help us grow and thrive with more joy and ease in our lives.

Louise Hill, DDS, BSc

Dr. Louise Hill graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto in 1984 and has a general practice in Orillia, Ontario. For over twenty-five years, Dr. Hill has also worked in the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. She is active in the Ontario Dental Association at the local level being a member and councillor for the Muskoka Simcoe Component Society. Dr. Hill believes that a healthy workplace is the foundation for respect and care, for staff, colleagues, and patients. She is honoured to serve on the Healthy Workplace Working Group tripartite committee as a Canadian Dental Association representative.

Heather Jackson, RDH, OMT

Heather Coulter Jackson is a registered dental hygienist. Graduating from Georgian College in 1991, she has 20 years of experience at Pediatric Oral Health and Dentistry in London, Ontario. Heather has been trained extensively in special care dentistry and is a member of both the Canadian Society for Disability and Oral Health and the International Association for Disability and Oral Health. Her continuing education interests include regulation therapy, music therapy, orofacial myofunctional therapy, and Buteyko breathing.

Kim James, RDH, RYT

Kim James is a long-time dental hygienist and movement educator whose goal is to help you build sustainable movement patterns and mindfulness daily. Her teaching integrates yoga, functional mobility, and mindfulness practice in playful and practical ways. Kim’s enthusiasm for making yoga accessible and beneficial for everyone is always clear.

Jo-Anne Jones, RDH, DipDH

As an international, award-winning speaker and recognized thought leader, Jo-Anne Jones has given over 1,000 presentations across the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and Bermuda. Jo-Anne brings life, energy, and inspiration to all her presentations, and she joins the 2021 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the 11th consecutive year. A frank and open lecture style and a focus on direct knowledge translation to practice, complemented by the provision of educational and clinical resources, have earned Jo-Anne many loyal followers both nationally and internationally.

Harriet MacMillan, CM, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Harriet MacMillan is a psychiatrist and pediatrician who conducts family violence research with a focus on preventing violence against children and women. She is a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies, distinguished university professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences, and pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and holds the Chedoke Health Chair in Child Psychiatry. Harriet sees children and families through the Child Advocacy and Assessment Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Rensia AC Melles, MA, CPHS

Rensia Melles has held progressive positions as a counsellor, clinical supervisor, director of operations, and senior consultant for global employee assistance programs (EAPs). She is passionate about fostering workplace mental health and has a special interest in the impact of culture and cross-cultural adaptation/relocation on mental health and relationships. Rensia currently works as a workplace psychological health and safety advisor and facilitator. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Amsterdam and is a Canadian Mental Health Association certified psychological health and safety advisor.

Bob Stenhouse

Bob Stenhouse is a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police undercover operative specializing in organized crime and homicide investigations. Bob has played roles as a hired hitman, crime boss, and international drug dealer. He was also a police whistleblower on ineffective biker gang strategies, making national news and precedent-setting case law. Bob’s colourful experiences and subsequent education in psychological safety, leadership, team performance, and workplace investigations have made him a passionate advocate of psychological health and safety in the workplace. He is the owner of a successful human resource risk management firm specializing in harassment and bullying investigations and prevention.

Lizelle Tucci, RDH, MHS

Lizelle Tucci has worked as a dental hygienist and educator for over 20 years. She is a lifelong learner and started a doctorate of distance education but became overwhelmed. She then completed a certificate on the foundations of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation at the University of Toronto and learned about how the practice of mindfulness can reduce stress and support self-care. Her goal is to share the benefits of mindfulness with the dental hygiene profession, particularly during these challenging pandemic times.

Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS

Bethany Valachi is author of the book, Practice Dentistry Pain-Free, and a clinical instructor of ergonomics at OHSU School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon. She is recognized internationally as an expert in dental ergonomics and, for over 20 years, has helped thousands of dental professionals prevent pain and extend their careers with her relevant, evidence-based dental ergonomic education. Bethany has published more than 80 articles in dental journals and offers dental ergonomic training.

Joy Void-Holmes, BSDH, DHSc, RDH

Joy Void-Holmes is an international speaker and published author with a Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. She is founder of Dr. Joy, RDH, chair of the dental hygiene program at Fortis College Landover, and she holds a faculty position at the American Denturist School. She serves as a professional educator and professional relations consultant for WaterPik and is chair of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access.

Donna Wells, RDH, BA

Donna Wells is a graduate of the dental hygiene program at the Canadian National Institute of Health (CNIH) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Carleton University. After working in both general and periodontal practice, Donna returned to CNIH as a faculty member. Donna is the manager of professional practice at the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association where she provides guidance to members in establishing a healthy and respectful workplace. Donna believes that a heathy and respectful workplace is one of teamwork and collaboration, where all members of the dental team are recognized for their role in the success of the practice.

Susan Wingrove, BS, RDH

Susan Wingrove, based in Missoula, Montana, is a dynamic innovator, international speaker, writer, researcher, consultant (R&D), instrument designer, and a 2016 Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction recipient. Susan is particularly interested in biofilm-focused care, long-term prevention of disease of natural teeth, and implants. She conducts medical research on regenerative wound healing and specializes in developing protocols for healthy teeth, implants, and disease treatment. Susan has published articles in Dental Economics, Digital Dentistry & Healthcare Knowledge, and RDH Magazine, and has authored an implant maintenance textbook, Peri-Implant Therapy for the Dental Hygienist. She is also a scientific panel member for the American College of Prosthodontists Clinical Practice Guidelines.