Student Ambassadors

Interested in learning more about our Undergraduate Dental Programs (DENT-P and DMD) and what it means to study dentistry at McGill University? Our Student Ambassadors are available to answer your questions about life as a dental student as well as share their stories and experiences. Subject to the availability of the ambassador, you may also request a tour of our preclinical laboratory as well as our dental clinic.

Browse through our Student Ambassador’s profiles below to learn more about each of them. If you find someone with whom you would like to chat, feel free to contact this person directly by email with any questions or concerns you may have. We would ask that you please refrain from sending the same message and questions to many ambassadors at the same time.

If you would like to visit the Undergraduate Dental Clinic, you can contact one of our 3rd or 4th-Year Student Ambassadors and ask for a tour.

Click on the 'Français' link located in the upper right corner to see the profiles of our francophone ambassadors.

(Photos: Jacqueline Yip, Class of 2017)


stamatis.kouniaris [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Stamatis Kouniaris)

Class: DMD I

Language(s): English, Greek and French (casual) 

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Marianopolis College, 2012); B.Sc. Anatomy and Cell Biology (McGill University, 2015)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Montreal in a big Greek family. I chose to pursue a career in dentistry because it combines my passion for science and artistry. I love building and painting miniature airplane models because of the focus I achieve and the intricacy involved to attain a beautiful result. I am also excited for the management side of dentistry. Growing up, I watched my father grow his restaurant and was fascinated by the way he made decisions to offer the best service and product in an atmosphere where clients felt at home. I am striving to develop that same mindset for my dental practice someday. I was drawn to McGill dentistry because it embodies community spirit. My experience with their Outreach program, which sets it apart from other dental schools, made me realize that many people are unable to afford dental care. To lend a helping hand, I organized two fundraisers and a Seeds of Change crowd-funding campaign, raising over $7500 for Outreach. My favorite past times include playing hockey, golf, the guitar, and watching reruns of my favorite sitcoms (e.g. Friends). Don't hesitate to contact me with questions. I’ll be more than happy to help!


georgina.lamontagne [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Georgina Lamontagne)

Class: DMD I

Language(s): English, French

Home town: Saint John, New Brunswick

Education: B.Sc. Biology Honours: Health Science Concentration, Pre-medicine Major (Bishop’s University, 2017)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Montreal and moved around Eastern Canada during my childhood, but spent the majority of it just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick. I studied Health Science at Bishop’s University and had the opportunity to take part in a pain research project in collaboration with the department of Pharmacology and Physiology at Université de Sherbrooke. The project I was involved in examined spinal cord plasticity during the pain associated with bone metastases. I was inspired by my own family dentist to pursue a career in dentistry and my research experience reinforced my desire to work in a profession where I could help alleviate pain and improve the quality of patients’ lives. During my undergraduate studies, I volunteered with a medical and dental outreach group in rural villages around Cusco, Peru. Working in these communities, isolated from all healthcare, was an eye-opening experience and I hope to continue to work with vulnerable populations in the near future. In my spare time you’ll find me skiing, running, doing yoga, painting and crafting or trying out a new recipe. Contact me with any questions, I would be happy to help!


nicolas.ouellet [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Nicolas Ouellet)

Class: DMD I

Language(s): English, French and Spanish (rudimentary)

Home town: Montreal, Quebec 

Education: DEC in Health Science (Collège Ahuntsic, 2014); B.Sc. Biomedical Science (Université de Montréal, 2017)

Mini-Bio: I was born at Sacré-Coeur hospital, I grew up in Montreal and I still live in this beautiful, yet imperfect city that I have the pleasure to call home. Needless to say, I’m a Montrealer through and through. What makes me the proudest of being a part of this booming mix of potholes and orange cones isn’t Schwartz’s deli or Saint-Viateur’s bagels, but McGill University. Not only is McGill preceded by its outstanding reputation, it’s also built on very strong core values: giving back to the community, altruism and hard work. These are just some examples of principles that are on par with my own convictions and it’s also the reason why I chose this university to pursue my studies in dentistry. Also, early on in my life, at around age nine, I already knew I wanted to become a dentist. I was and still am passionate about arts and sciences and was completely amaze by the outstanding finesse my dentist would demonstrate to treat and reassure me when I was on the chair. It sparked an immense interest for that profession. Before applying to dentistry, I graduated from Université de Montréal with an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences. During that three-year program, I worked on a couple of research projects assessing the risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease after a myocardial infarct. Finally, for the past seven years, I’ve been working as a lifeguard and a team supervisor in CDN/NDG, I’m passionate about jogging, swimming and I’m also the biggest car guy in the world! Looking forward to meeting and helping you. Feel free to join me at any time.


thien.vuong [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Thien Vuong)

Class: DMD I

Language(s): English, French

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, 2016); Dent-P Program (McGill University, 2017)

Mini-Bio: Born and raised in Montreal, I spent my childhood trying all sorts of different activities. My diverse experiences such as trying various sports, taking language classes and learning about art, have helped me orient myself towards what interests me today. Having a forte in drawing and sculpting with Play-Doh as a child, manual work was something I always appreciated. Also, having parents in tight bond with the local church, I instinctively grew up being there to help my community and to interact with others. I swam competitively for ten years before I became a coach of the same sport. I greatly cherished all those years spent interacting with motivated children. I got the chance to watch them develop their social skills and help them pursue ambitious goals. I chose McGill Dentistry for its social awareness and generous gestures to society’s oral well-being, my satisfaction for manual and precise work, and my appreciation for human health seen through nice smiles. In most recent years, exercising, playing sports, discovering culinary art, learning about the dental field, and establishing great relationships are what have been keeping me busy. It would be my greatest pleasure to answer any of your questions!


stephanie.wiseman [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Stephanie Wiseman)

Class: DMD I

Language(s): English and French

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Vanier College, 2013); B.Sc. Exercise Science with minor in Multidisciplinary Studies in Science (Concordia University, 2016); M.Sc.A.PT Physical Therapy Qualifying Year (McGill University, 2017)

Mini-Bio:I was born and raised in Montreal, a city with a vibrant culture unlike any other. I am thrilled to be pursuing my dental studies in my hometown. I am an avid hockey fan – I work as a tour guide for the Montreal Canadiens, giving Habs history tours of the Bell Centre. I have also been a volunteer with Saint-John Ambulance for five years and this is one of our primary venues at which we provide our emergency services. This experience allows me to combine my passion for helping others with my passion for music and hockey; giving me the opportunity to provide treatment at a variety of events. It was through this experience that I truly discovered how much I enjoy working with people and serving as a sense of comfort in stressful situations. On that note, something that greatly appealed to me about McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry is the community outreach program. I have volunteered at the Outreach clinic in the past, and providing dental care to the underprivileged members of my community is something that I hope to continue to pursue and be involved with throughout my future dental career. Please feel free to contact me!


michael.aronoff [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Michael Aronoff)

Class: DMD II

Language(s): English

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Dawson College, 2013); B.Sc. Honours Psychology (McGill University, 2016).

Mini-Bio: I was born in Montreal and grew up in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. I am a huge sports fan, and do my best to be as active as possible each day. From a young age, I began developing a love for working with my hands. I used to build models, play with Lego blocks and make playdough designs. Although I enjoyed producing a final product, it was the process of creating something from scratch that mesmerized me. As I got older, I acquired an interest in helping others in need, which led to my involvement as a volunteer at the Jewish Cummings Centre for seniors and at Summit School for children with intellectual disabilities. I also spent many summers working as a shadow for a boy with autism. I came to the realization that dentistry was the ideal field for me after shadowing a close family friend at his dental clinic. More so than the precise instruments he got to use, and the physiological knowledge he demonstrated of the oral cavity, I was truly amazed by the remarkable rapport he displayed with each patient, and how comfortable they felt with him. I sincerely believe that no other profession would be more satisfying.


jean-daniel.azuelos [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Jean-Daniel Azuelos)

Class: DMD II

Language(s): English, French, and Spanish

Home town: Grenoble, France (in Canada for the past 11 years)

Education: Software Engineering Undergrad (Université de Grenoble, 2001); Bachelor of Business Administration (École Sup. de Commerce de Grenoble, 2002); M.Sc. Management (École Sup. de Commerce de Grenoble, 2004); M.B.A. (Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA, 2004); B.Sc. Biology (Concordia University, 2016). 

Mini-Bio: I was born in France, and moved to Canada 11 years ago. Having several family members in medical and dental professions was too obvious to influence my career choice. Having great interest in innovation, I therefore decided to pursue a first career in Information Technology and Management. I worked 10 years as a Consultant and Director for Accenture (former Andersen Consulting) then CN Railway. I was appreciated and recognized, but I did not completely realize myself. I was missing the contact with people, the scientific part of it, as well as working with my hands and visually seeing my work take shape. Deep inside, I always knew I wanted to be a dentist, and more than a decade after graduating, and a son born along the way, I decided to take the plunge and here I am! When I am not working/studying or taking care of my family, I am a passionate competitive cyclist.


mitchell.pinto [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Mitchell Pinto)

Class: DMD II

Language(s): English

Home town: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Education: B.Sc. Honours Chemistry (Acadia University, 2016)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and grew up a little outside of the city. After high school, I went to Acadia University where I completed a degree in chemistry. During my time at Acadia I was lucky enough to get a position as a student researcher working on various projects involving photo-activated cancer therapy. I first became interested in a career in dentistry during my undergraduate degree when a few of my friends began the application process. I did some research into the field and decided that it would be a good fit for me, as I love the sciences, I like to work with my hands, and the concept of owning my own business has always appealed to me. I applied to McGill as an out-of-province student after researching various programs and deciding that McGill had both a curriculum that interested me and a great reputation. I do a bunch of different things for fun - I love to run and hike, as well as just hang out and toss a Frisbee around. I dabble in photography, I like sitcoms, and I'm always down to play a board-game. Please feel free to contact me!


wenjia.wu [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Wenjia Wu)

Class: DMD II

Language(s): English, French and Mandarin

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Marianopolis College, 2015); Dent-P Program (McGill University, 2016)

Mini-Bio: I was born in a small town in Belgium but I grew up on the South Shore of Montreal! I attended Centennial Regional High school and then Marianopolis College. Everyone in my family has worked in the domain of art and social sciences, besides my parents, who both pursued a career in science; and as a result, I was exposed to the best of both worlds. In high school, it was during my volunteer shifts at the Montreal General Hospital that I had my first interactions with patients, and knew from that point on that I wanted to work in the domain of healthcare – I wanted to be able to help people in need, and follow up with them over the long term. Later on, I was drawn to the profession of Dentistry because it is the perfect balance between art, healthcare and craftsmanship. Applying to McGill was daunting at first, coming straight out of CEGEP, but I was welcomed with open arms to a school with a strong sense of community and incredible programs aimed to service the Montreal community. Aside from all the academics, I’m an avid reader, aspiring gardener, and one-day hope to adopt a dog!


sahar.zamani [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Sahar Zamani)

Class: DMD II

Language(s): English, Persian and French (casual)

Home town: Esfahan, Iran

Education: DEC in Health Science (Dawson College, 2015); Dent-P Program (McGill University, 2016)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Esfahan. My family moved back and forth between my hometown and Montreal before I decided to settle here with the goal of one day studying at McGill. Having moved so much was a bittersweet experience, but I met people from a variety of different background, and this helped me appreciate the beauty of diversity. A career in the health field was of great interest to me, but I was puzzled regarding which journey I would like to take on. To help narrow my decision, I decided to volunteer as a First Aid responder at my College and at a hospital dialysis center. These volunteering experiences gave me an opportunity to interact with many physicians, nurses, and assistants. I enjoyed this experience, but felt like it was not the profession for me. During this time, I learned more about the field of dentistry, and this sparked my interest. As someone who has been painting for more than l0 years now, dentistry had an appealing combination of health science and art, with the addition of patient interaction. In my free time, I love to paint with watercolors. I LOVE chocolate and enjoy discovering new cozy coffee shops. It would be my pleasure to answer any questions!


julie.cai [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Julie Cai )

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English, French, Mandarin and Spanish

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Marianopolis College, 2014); Dent-P Program (McGill University, 2015)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Montreal, Quebec, and I grew up on a little island just past the West Island. I attended Collège Saint-Louis and then Marianopolis College. At a young age, I developed an interest in helping people in need, which was why I volunteered at retirement centres, at hospitals, and also worked as a camp counsellor for disabled children for several years. The satisfaction that came with providing my help to others was what led me to embark on humanitarian trips to third-world countries, where we would provide healthcare to underprivileged individuals. It was on these trips that I truly developed an interest in dentistry, and especially public health in this field, since I was able to witness the difference it could make in a person’s life. Other than volunteering, I love keeping busy and was always actively involved in extracurricular activities. I was part of the student council at Marianopolis College, during my Dent-P year at McGill College and also this year during my first year of the DMD program at McGill College. I was also executive for clubs such as UNICEF, Global Brigades and dragonboat.


amelie.fournier [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Amélie Fournier )

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English and French

Home town: Ottawa, Ontario

Education: B.Sc. Honours in Human Kinetics (University of Ottawa, 2014)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, in a French speaking family. I grew up as a competitive dancer, along with my younger brother, which enabled me to travel across Canada and the United States. After high school, I decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. During my last years in undergrad, I became a research assistant with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. There, I was fortunate to work on multiple projects involving physical literacy and activity in toddlers and youth. Unlike many, I had never thought of dentistry before entering university. My interest in this career grew exponentially when a friend of mine got accepted into the program and I began to research what it involved. The combination of art, precision, entrepreneurship, and of course science, made it the perfect career choice for me. During my free time, I love to do intricate crafts, baking, and cooking. It is not rare that you will find me completing a paint-by-numbers painting, a puzzle, or in the kitchen trying out new recipes. Other things I enjoy are working out at the gym, taking part in group fitness classes, hiking, traveling, and of course shopping!


irina.gulerez [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Irina Gulerez)

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English, Romanian, Italian, French (casual) and Spanish (casual) 

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: B.Sc. Honours in Biochemistry with minor in Pharmacology and minor in Italian Language and Studies (McGill University, 2012); M.Sc. Biochemistry (McGill University, 2015)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Romania. When I was thirteen, our parents moved with me and my twin sister to the Middle East, in search of a better future for us. Adapting to this new environment was an interesting challenge, but also offered much cultural insight. After high school, I arrived in Montreal to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. I have long been passionate about healthcare, but my interest in dentistry was born and began to grow while I was doing research on breast cancer for my Master’s degree. My research project involved protein crystallography and a lot of minute handwork, which made me realize how much I loved working with my hands. I learned more about this career by shadowing dentists across the world, and the combination of science, artistry and unique tools employed by dentistry greatly appealed to me and seemed a perfect fit. I love how being a dental student at McGill allows me to be socially involved and also get involved in cutting-edge dental research- I’ve had rewarding opportunities to participate in various initiatives providing dental services to disadvantaged populations. Apart from dentistry, I enjoy traveling, long biking trips, baking and getting immersed in a really good novel. I love sharing my experience, so feel free to contact me with any questions about McGill or dentistry. It will be my pleasure to help!


mallory.laframboise [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Mallory Laframboise)

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English, French (casual)

Home town: Kemptville, Ontario

Education: B.Sc. Anatomy and Cell Biology (McGill University, 2012); B.Sc. Kinesiology (McGill University, 2014).  

Mini-Bio: I grew up in a rural town in eastern Ontario and I currently live in Montreal. During my post-secondary studies I worked mostly in the casino business, for two summers as a slot attendant, one summer as a blackjack dealer and an entire year as a gaming floor supervisor. I am passionate about health and exercise, and when I am not in class or at the library studying, I enjoy long distance running and being outdoors. To date, I have completed one full marathon and six half-marathons. I am currently training for my seventh half-marathon, which I will be completing in October 2016. I have been a volunteer for the McGill Outreach Program since 2012 and I am very familiar with what this program represents and aims to achieve. I have also volunteered for multiple initiatives aimed at serving disadvantaged populations and getting them interested in professions in dentistry and pursuing post-secondary educations, at McGill specifically. I am a strong believer in community outreach and I hope to run similar initiatives like the Outreach Program one day in my own community. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about McGill, dentistry or Montreal in general. I would be happy to help!


mohamad.nassani [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Leonardo Nassani )

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English, French, Italian and Arabic

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: French Bac, série S (Collège international Marie-de-France, 2014); Dent-P Program (McGill, 2015)

Mini-Bio: My childhood was characterized by eventful cultural interaction. Lived in France, then moved to Belgium before finally settling in Montréal. I attended Collège internationale Marie de France, where I developed an interest for science. I was interested in dentistry after having performed an internship at my dentist’s clinic for a week. I then had the chance to make a research to help people get exceptional dentistry at affordable prices. I am also involved in student life, having been class president in high school and my Cegep delegate. My various involvements during the DENT-P gave me the chance to meet the professorial corp when I was granted the Summer Research Scholarship and to learn more about the faculty and community engagement. With my interest for soccer, I have been working as a soccer referee for 5 years, and have been promoted to Regional ref. I love swimming, playing violin and have interest for history and actuality. In all my experiences it has always been a pleasure for me to help and share my knowledge, so I would happily answer your questions and help you in any way I can.


harish.sarma [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Harish Sarma)

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English and Tamil

Home town: Ottawa, Ontario

Education: B.Sc. Honours Biopharmaceutical Science with specialization in Medicinal Chemistry (University of Ottawa, 2014).

Mini-Bio: I was born in Scarborough to a South Asian family of four, but spent the majority of my childhood in Ottawa. Having an uncle as a family dentist made childhood visits to the clinic enjoyable – he explained procedures with simple analogies, showing me everything he was doing using a hand mirror and giving me a dental instruments 101. Hence, since a child, I valued the profession. Additionally, being able to provide care to people in need seemed rewarding and personally fulfilling. Partaking in the McGill Summer Dental Clinic and delivering oral healthcare to underprivileged groups enabled me to see another appealing side of dentistry, social activism. I was also drawn to dentistry as it was the perfect combination of healthcare, aesthetics, and entrepreneurship, features that reflected my personality. Aside from dentistry, I am passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy travelling, interior decorating and reality-TV. I have been a Carnatic violin player since the age of 7. I am easy going and love being around my friends and family. I will always make time for fun; I believe that balance is key to succeeding in life. Feel free to ask me any questions, I would be happy to help!


mingyang.xie [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Melissa Xie)

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English, Mandarin, French (casual) 

Home town: Ottawa, Ontario

Education: B.Sc. Anatomy and Cell Biology with a minor in International Development (McGill University, 2014)

Mini-Bio: I was born in China, and lived in various countries such as England and Hong Kong growing up before finally settling down in Ottawa, Canada. Having the ability to live in different environments from a young age enabled me to adapt to diverse cultures and become a very communicative individual. Since I was young, I was always very good with my hands. From music to art, I continually found success and fulfilment in the creative process. I chose to pursue dentistry, as a career because I believe it is the perfect amalgamation of my passion for community building, personal and professional development, innovation and creativity. My personal hobbies include going to the gym (especially for kickboxing and cardio dance classes), trying new recipes, painting, and learning new languages. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions!


anthea.chang [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Anthea Chang)

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English and French

Home town: Edmonton, Alberta

Education: BEng (RMC, 2001), Dip Dent Hyg (Oxford College, 2011)

Mini-Bio: I was raised to honour my unique immigrant family background, love nature and fellow mankind, work hard, and stand-up for just causes. At a young age, I found an interest for volunteerism and over the years have committed many thousands of hours to local hospitals, assisted-living homes, community events, and St. John Ambulance. My interest in community leadership led to an exciting first career as an Engineer Officer in the Canadian Forces. Recently, recognizing my interest in helping people on an individual level initiated a transition to the dental field. I worked as a dental hygienist for several years, both in private practice and charitable endeavors, providing dental outreach to homeless people and underprivileged young parents and their children. Dentistry was a natural step forward, and McGill was my first choice because of its curriculum and the emphasis on producing socially-conscious dentists. Since I started the DMD program, to keep a good balance in life, I train with the women’s squash team.


gabriel.icho [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Gabriel Icho )

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English, French, Aramaic and Arabic

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Collège Bois-de-Boulogne, 2011); Dent-P Program (McGill University, 2012)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Montreal and I grew up in Laval where I went to high school. During high school, I dedicated a lot of my time in sports. Soccer was and still is my passion. It has taught me several life lessons such as respect, work ethic, concentration, teamwork and much more. I also play tennis, basketball and I love fishing and outdoors. In addition to my curricular activities, I juggled with many initiatives that I value such as working in a senior’s home, mentoring high school students and promoting healthy lifestyles and careers in healthcare with the McGill Community Outreach program. Early on in high school, I realized that I had an interest for becoming a dentist. For me, dentistry seemed like the only profession that matches my personality and interests. It is an artistic and liberal profession that combines healthcare, technologies and management. More importantly, the direct impact on the quality of life of patients, on a daily basis, is what attracted me.  The major reasons I decided to join the McGill team is that we receive a multidisciplinary training that emphasizes the importance of a medical education, research and a sense of social consciousness. In fact, the Dentistry Outreach Program is a unique initiative that allows us, as students, to give back to the community. I am friendly, always reachable and it would be my pleasure to share my experience and provide my help for you to reach your greatest endeavors.


ali.khodadad-hossaini [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Ali Khodadad-Hossaini)

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English, Persian, French (casual) and Arabic (rudimentary)

Home town: Mashhad, Iran

Education: DEC in Health Science (Marianopolis College, 2011); B.Sc. Physiology (McGill University, 2014).

Mini-Bio: Nine years ago, I moved from Iran to Canada for a better educational opportunity. Being an independent teenager in a new environment had its own challenges; however, this experience raised me to be responsible, determined and hard working. Wanting to become active in the community, I started to volunteer with the elderly population of the Royal Victoria Hospital and joined a humanitarian organization where I educated individuals about general hygiene, infectious diseases and oral health. I have also created a volunteering project at the Montreal Children Hospital. Alongside my involvement in the community, I enjoy playing soccer and keeping up with international politics. A factor that influenced my decision to consider dentistry was my experience with my orthodontist. As a child, suffering from irregular teeth placement and narrow upper jaw, I had to start an orthodontic treatment at the age of six. The commitment and the patience that my dentist demonstrated during my long and difficult treatment inspired me to pursue dentistry. Additionally, dentistry is appealing to me as it encompasses a balance between professional career and personal life. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about dentistry at McGill.


jun.li4 [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Jun Li)

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English, Mandarin and Cantonese

Home town: Shenzhen, China

Education: B.A&Sc. Environment & Economics (McGill, 2011), M. Sc. in Epidemiology (McGill, 2014)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in China, and came to Canada for education at age 16, alone. Coming from a family of doctors, I’ve had longings to become a health professional since small. Yet, when comes to interest, instead of medicine, I am more excited and passionate about dentistry. In my eyes, dentists are like artists. They translate their care and knowledge through their hands, and through precise communications with patients and staffs. I enjoy the feeling of being trusted and needed, and want to acquire more knowledge and strength to help more people especially the under-served. My volunteering experiences ranged from baby-sitting (McGill Student Parent Network) to elderly care (Yellow Door, six years in a row); social events (fundraising for Salvation Army) to academic contributions (logistics for conferences). I enjoy helping others, and derived much pleasure from these extra-curricular activities. Holding a master degree in epidemiology, I'm interested to see how methods used in epidemiological and clinical studies can be applied to explain roles of society and environment in determining disease occurrence.


alexandra.rabalski [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Alexandra Rabalski)

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English, Polish and French (rudimentary) 

Home town: Guelph, Ontario

Education: B.Sc. Honours Biomedical Sciences (University of Guelph, 2012); M.Sc. Human Health and Nutritional Sciences (University of Guelph, 2013).

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. I completed both my B.Sc. and M.Sc degrees at the University of Guelph. At a young age I always knew I wanted to become a dentist; the unique tools and equipment intrigued me. As I became older it became more apparent to me that dentistry serves as a form of preventative medicine. With this mindset, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to collaborate and work with the Canadian Dental Association as a student liaison, exploring and sharing current dental research and issues via blog posts and articles. My parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe and as such, they have taught me to value and appreciate all language and culture. I’m an avid traveler and adventure seeker, when one trip ends I’m already thinking and planning the next one. In my spare time I enjoy running and playing on multiple intramural sports teams at McGill (volleyball, soccer, dodgeball), and in the winter I snowboard. I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions that you may have!


ryan.siciliano [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Ryan Siciliano )

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English

Home town: Montréal, Quebec

Education: B.Sc. Physiology and Mathematics (McGill University, 2012); B.A. Computer Science (McGill University, 2014)

Mini-Bio: Ever since I was a child I have been drawn toward the dental profession. The idea of working with the public, being self-employed, and the fantastic combination of hands-on art and science is persistently intriguing. Acquiring that at McGill University is a great bonus. I was born in Montreal and moved to the Toronto area when I was three. I grew up with the idea of always coming back to Montreal and studying at McGill. I completed a B.Sc. and a B.A. at McGill before entering dental school. During the winter I snowboard and play hockey and during the summer I enjoy soccer and biking. My favorite year-round past time is playing squash. I look forward to chatting with you and answering any question you may have about this awesome profession and great school!


yusuf.bakkalitahiri [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Yusuf Bakkali Tahiri )

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English, French, Arabic, Moroccan dialect

Home town: Tangier, Morocco

Education: B.Sc. Honours with specialization in Human Kinetics (University of Ottawa, 2012).

Mini-Bio: I was born in Toronto but my early years were spent between Toronto and Montreal before we settled down in Tangier, Morocco. Although Morocco was a complete culture shock, seeing as I didn’t speak the language or know the culture, it eventually became my second home. My summers were spent in North Bay, Canada helping my grandfather with his carpentry. These summers ignited my passion for hands-on work, a side of me I was never aware of. I eventually moved to Ottawa to start my undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics. During those years, I volunteered as a youth counsellor, taught language courses to new immigrants, and led exercise programs for seniors. My years in university opened my eyes to the field of dentistry and right away I knew it was the perfect career for me. It allowed me to combine both my love of serving others and hands-on work all the while satisfying my scientific curiosity. Whenever I’m not studying, I enjoy kayaking, hiking, traditional calligraphy, watching dental procedures online and spending time with family. Dentistry is a true passion of mine and I’d love to help anyone learn more about this rewarding career choice.