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Marielle obtained her Dental degree from Université de Montréal in 1975, graduating with honours. She was on staff at Montréal’s Ste Justine Hospital for children and has taught at Université de Montréal’s Dental Faculty. She is a member of The Royal College of Dental Surgeons, The Canadian and Ontario Dental Associations and has actively served on several Ottawa area Study Clubs. She has contributed to the fund for the new Ottawa Hospital Dental Clinic by donating her time for selected dental services. She is in private practice in Kanata, Ontario.
She completed the core continuums as well as other focus courses on occlusion and esthetics at The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education where she is a member of the Philosophy Team. She has recently stepped into the role of mentor to other dentists. She co-founded The Ottawa Women Dentists Study Club, a club with a strong focus on leadership to support women dentists. Marielle was the guest editor of the June 2010 issue of the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. She attended the ALIA Summer Institute, a week long gathering of inspired leaders from around the world, in Halifax, Nova Scotia and in Columbus, Ohio. She is a member of the Presencing Institute and participated in the First Presencing Global Forum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is actively engaged in discussions on Health Care with a Berkana Institute Community of Practice.
Marielle has hosted several workshops on Leadership and Oral Health in Canada. She was a featured speaker in 2009 in Washington State under the auspice of Leadership and Legacy. Her work on ‘Shaping the Future of Dentistry’ has earned rave reviews: ‘(the) message is clear, professional and incredibly engaging… a fantastic call to action’ Dr Malle-Reet Ryan; ‘a very credible passionate speaker’ Dr John O’Keefe.
Stephen Abrams is a general dental practitioner with over 30 years of clinical experience. Upon graduation from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry in 1980 he established a group practice in Toronto Canada which has grown to involve both general dentists and dental specialists.
In 1999, Dr. Abrams began working on a non-invasive laser based device for the detection and monitoring of caries. He currently jointly holds patents on this new technology. In 2006, he founded Quantum Dental Technologies to finish development of The Canary System. This system, based upon the PTR-LUM technology and is currently available in Canada and Europe.
He is a senior member of the European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA) where he has presented a number of papers on the detection of caries using The Canary System. Dr. Abrams has published over ninety articles in various international publications on topics ranging from early caries detection, prevention, removable dentures, design of dental programs and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Abrams has also been active within the profession. He has honorary fellowships in a number of dental societies including Pierre Fauchard and the International College of Dentists. He is a member of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. He has been very active in the Ontario Dental Association, chairing their Dental Benefits Task Force for the last thirteen years, negotiating with the provincial government and local municipalities across Ontario on various government sponsored dental programs. He has dealt with issues of access to dental care, design of dental programs and the value of preventive dentistry while leading this ODA Task Force. In 2002, Dr. Abrams was awarded the Barnabus Day Award from the Ontario Dental Association for 20 years of distinguished service to the dental profession. He is one of the founding board members of ACCERTA Claim Corporation, a dental and pharmacy claims management company.