STUDENT LEADER profiles

We would like to introduce you to some dentistry student leaders.

To learn about how some dentistry students are finding their leadership path, please go to the Student Leaders in Action section of this site.


Khashayar Gharavi (Toronto '17)

Most recent position in FCDSA

      President (2015-2016)

Education

  • BSc Honours York University
  • DDS Candidate 2017 University of Toronto

Why did you choose dentistry as a career?

I chose dentistry because it is a combination of arts and sciences. It comes with a great lifestyle and the freedom to focus on procedures you enjoy the most.

What are your career goals?

To be a general dentist.

What is the most important issue facing dentistry students today?

Learning and acquiring the skills we need to be a successful practitioner.

Why is FCDSA important to you?

Because of the necessity and the benefits of having well connected dental student societies across Canada forming a strong voice for all dental students at a national level.

In which committees/working groups are you involved?

As the president, I will be directly involved in the Executive committee and indirectly with the rest of the committees.

What was the latest book you read?

Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Best vacation ever

Trip to Europe where you try to explore the continent by making friends and planning the trip as it comes.

Inspiring quote

“Everything is okay in the end, if it is not ok, then it’s not the end.”


Jennifer Branch (Western ‘18)

Most recent position in FCDSA

Regional Councillor – Central Canada (2015-2016)

Education

  • BMSc ’11, Western University
  • MBA ’13, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • DDS Candidate 2018, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Why did you choose dentistry as a career?

I always wanted to own my own business but I didn’t know what that would be. I realized that dentistry is the perfect union of my two passions – business and science!

What are your career goals?

I’m not exactly sure yet so I’m just keeping my options open.

What is the most important issue facing dentistry students today?

I believe that dental education lacks an adequate business component. Owning a dental practice is just as much of a business as it is a science!

Why is FCDSA important to you?

I think that it is important for dental students to have a national representation that acts to support each student association and dental students as a whole.

In which committees/working groups are you involved?

I sit on the Executive Central Regional Councillor (representing the Ontario and Manitoba schools) and I am a member of the Finance Committee. 

What was the latest book you read?

I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern. Hilarious!

Best vacation ever

Honolulu, Hawaii

Inspiring quote

Not so much a quote as the Golden Rule:“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.“


Ivy Lin (McGill ’17)

Most recent position in FCDSA

Regional Councillor – Central Canada (2015-2016)

Education

  • Marianopolis College (DEC), McGill University (Dent-P & DMD)

Why did you choose dentistry as a career?

A lot of the same reasons as everyone else such as the interesting interpersonal interactions, the lifestyle, and the artistic side of the profession, but more simply because I can see myself happy doing this rewarding job!

What are your career goals?

Being able to significantly change at least one person’s life for the better! In other words, I have no concrete idea yet. 

What is the most important issue facing dentistry students today?

The most important issue that dental students have always faced is stress overload and the inability for many to balance their academic and personal lives and needs. More support for dental students is needed on a psychological level in dental faculties.

Why is FCDSA important to you?

FCDSA is a leadership opportunity like no other, as it is a national level organization that is much in need, and we are in the process of building it. Once established, it will provide a platform where all the Canadian dental students will be able to interact and learn from each other for the first time.

In which committees/working groups are you involved?

Executive, Internal Communications Committee and External Communications Committee.

What was the latest book you read?

Misery by Stephen King

Best vacation ever

Royal Canadian Air Cadets’ “Athletic Instructor” summer camp at the Valcaltier military base in 2010, where I challenged myself every day and experienced such an amazing feeling of accomplishment and teamwork and such strong emotions that I will never forget it.

Inspiring quote

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”


Antoine Paradis-Surprenant (Montréal ’17)

Most recent position in FCDSA

Chair, Dental Student Conference Feasibility Working Group (2015-2016)

Education

  • École Secondaire Marcellin-Champagnat (High school)
  • Cégep de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  • Université de Montréal

Why did you choose dentistry as a career?

I was always interested by the field of health and medicine, and enjoy working with my hands. Dentistry seemed to me like the perfect combination of the two! Also, my grandfather and my uncle were dentists and loved their profession. I’ll admit I liked the idea of pursuing this family tradition.

What are your career goals?

Graduating from dentistry would be the first step, of course. Then, I would be really interested in making a multidisciplinary residency here in Canada or in the United States. I find it is very soon to talk about specializing, but I’m not against the idea if I have the opportunity. Of course I also wish to have my own clinic one day.

What is the most important issue facing dentistry students today?

Dentistry is a field that evolves really quickly. I feel like the most important issue for us dentistry students is that in dental school, we learn the basics of all aspects of dentistry, as we should, but when we graduate we are immediately exposed to a lot of new techniques and technologies we might not be familiar with yet. It may take a little time for recently graduated students to fully adapt to the reality of clinic outside of school. But in the end, we are all used to being challenged and I am positive we can all make it.

Why is FCDSA important to you?

I think the FCDSA is a great organization, full of enthusiastic and devoted dental students who are really fun to work with. It is also the main way through which we get to hear from what is happening in other schools across the country, as well as share what is happening on our side, which is always very interesting for everyone.

In which committees/working groups are you involved?

The Dental Student Conference Feasibility Working Group, as chair of the group

What was the latest book you read?

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Best vacation ever

A five-week backpacking trip in Turkey and Greece with a friend who studies dentistry with me. Great beaches, hot air balloon rides, and just so many adventures I’ll never forget.

Inspiring quote

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  Nelson Mandela


DongJin Lee (Toronto ’16)

Most recent position in FCDSA

Senior Council member for the Dental Student Society of the University of Toronto (2015-2016)

Education

  • HBSc at the University of Toronto
  • MSc at the University of Szeged

Why did you choose dentistry as a career?

I have met so many amazing dentists and wanted to become one of them.

What are your career goals?

Practicing and teaching dentistry

What is the most important issue facing dentistry students today?

Huge debt

Why is FCDSA important to you?

To voice the concerns of Canadian dental students

What was the latest book you read?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Best vacation ever

2008 Backpacking trip to Britain.

Inspiring quote

“If it is meant for you, it won’t pass you by.”


Kelsey Eatmon (Dalhousie ’18)

Most recent position in FCDSA

Chair, External Communications Committee (2015-2016)

Education

  • Mount Allison University, Class of 2014 (BSc Biology and Sociology)
  • Dalhousie DDS Class of 2018

Why did you choose dentistry as a career?

I completed a Co-op placement with a local dentist during my last year of high school and fell in love with dentistry. It’s such a challenging and rewarding profession that keeps me on my toes and will constantly allow me the opportunity to learn throughout my career. I can’t imagine dentistry ever getting boring!

What are your career goals?

I would love to stay in Atlantic Canada after graduation and eventually own a practice. I would also like to stay involved in organized dentistry and to get much more involved with public health dentistry and advocating for accessible oral healthcare for all Canadians, especially Indigenous Canadians!

What is the most important issue facing dentistry students today?

Dentistry can be a very stressful program and I think a lot of students put their mental and physical health aside in order to get through their work. Being able to work with patients effectively requires that students be both mentally and physically healthy for the best results and the happiest patients. Dental schools need to start finding ways to carve out more time for the wellness of their students and make the services available, accessible, free of stigma and known to all students!

Why is FCDSA important to you?

The FCDSA is the only Canadian student organization composed of all students that advocates and speaks on behalf Canadian dental students. It is an amazing tool for students to voice their opinions and concerns. Additionally, the FCDSA is such a newly formed organization that is a lot of room for input from students in growing the organization to make it one that is useful to them – we need to take advantage of it!

In which committees/working groups are you involved?

I’m the chair of the External Communications Committee.

What was the latest book you read?

Girl in the Woods – Aspin Matis. It’s an amazing read. Check it out!

Best vacation ever

Of all the places I’ve been, nothing will beat summers on the Miramichi River with my family and our family friends!

Inspiring quote

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Nelson Mandela