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Interested in learning more about our program 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.

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

(Photos Xiao Chun Li, DMD IV)

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

Class: DMD I

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.

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

Class: DMD I

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.

bahar [dot] madani [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Bahar Madani)

Class: DMD I

Language(s): English and Farsi

Home town: Toronto, Ontario

Education: i.B.Sc. Honours Biology (York University, 2014)

Mini-Bio: I moved to Canada from Iran at age 7. Growing up with a single mom in a new country was challenging, but I learned to be hard-working and resilient. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at York University, with a semester abroad in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve been a peer mentor and ambassador, and volunteered an inner-city school promoting early education and community involvement. Dentistry sparked my interest at 14, when I read my mom's dental hygiene textbooks. I was fascinated by teeth! I then spent Career Day with my orthodontist, and loved the atmosphere and hands-on work. The day I got my braces off, I was elated with my new smile; I wanted to do that for someone else! After shadowing a dentist for 2 years, I truly realised my passion for dental work: a perfect balance of health care, artistry, and entrepreneurship. I applied to McGill because of the unique Outreach program, the small class sizes, research opportunities, and success of past graduates. After McGill, I hope to start a practice with my mom, the hygienist, who is my biggest inspiration. In my free time I enjoy baking, yoga, poetry, and doing stand-up comedy. I’m glad to help if you have any questions!

jordan [dot] albino [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Jordan Albino)

Class: DMD II

Language(s): English and French (rudimentary)

Home town: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Education: B.Sc. in Biochemistry (Carleton University, 2013)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and lived in Montreal, Winnipeg and Ottawa.  I moved around the country because I was raised by my father, a single parent, who serves in the Canadian Royal Air Force. Travelling was a tremendous opportunity to visit various places but moving around means learning to make new friends which has helped me develop into a very sociable person. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Carleton University while also working part time and playing intramural soccer. My decision to pursue a career in dentistry began while I was in elementary school. My stepmother, a dental assistant, brought me to the dental clinic where she worked. These visits sparked my interest in the profession. I learnt more about the profession throughout school as I shadowed a dentist.  My interest to become a dentist motivated me to excel in school but having to work part-time to fund my education was quite a challenge. It is important for me to find the time to enjoy myself. My favorite hobbies are to play and watch soccer with friends.

cleo [dot] beaulieu [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Cléo Beaulieu)

Class: DMD II

Language(s): English and French

Home town: Quebec City, Quebec

Education: B.Sc. Major in Biology with a minor in Psychology (U of Ottawa, 2010); M.Sc. in Science (University of Guelph, 2011)

Mini-Bio: I grew up in both Quebec City and Burlington, ON. After high school, I moved to Ottawa to pursue a B.Sc in Biology and become a member of the varsity rowing team. To pay for school (and my globe-trotting aspirations), I worked as the University’s animal care attendant, became a teaching assistant, and started my own property maintenance company. Starting a company at such a young age was extremely rewarding and taught me to take responsibility for my own work while developing a strong sense of entrepreneurship. After completing an undergraduate thesis in physiology and graduating with Honours, I embarked on a M.Sc of Science at the University of Guelph, where I was privileged to travel to France to complete my research. I continued to balance extracurricular activities and school by volunteering at a local therapeutic horseback riding centre and becoming an elected representative of the Graduate Association Board of Directors. I found dentistry to be the perfect fit for me as it is one of the few fields that integrate science, business, and interpersonal relations. I am also attracted to the profession as it offers a lot of creative freedom, the ability to help people daily, and an endless opportunity for personal and professional growth.

ivy [dot] lin [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Ivy Lin)

Class: DMD II

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

Home town: Changchun, China

Education: DEC in Health Science (Marianopolis College, 2012); Dent-P Program (McGill, 2013)

Mini-Bio: I was born in China and immigrated to Montreal when I was eight years old. I attended École Internationale de Montréal and then Marianopolis College, where I developed an interest for health care and in particular for dentistry, for its combination of art, science, manual dexterity and entrepreneurship, all of which I took great interest in. I have a passion for social justice and equality, which is why I have volunteered for UNICEF for seven years, and would later on be interested in working on improving equality in access to dental care. I am also involved in other extracurricular activities, such as student councils, having worked as class president since Dent-P. On a personal level, I enjoy singing and love all kinds of sports, especially running and badminton. I am very approachable and would love to share my passion for dentistry, so don't hesitate to contact me if you want to ask any questions or discuss about anything!

robert [dot] liu2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Robert Liu)

Class: DMD II

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

Home town: Regina, Saskatchewan

Education: B.Sc. in Integrated Science and B.Sc. in Biochemistry (Carleton University, 2008-2013)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Calgary, Alberta, and spent my childhood in Charlestown, PEI and Regina, Saskatchewan. In 2001, my family finally moved to Ottawa, Ontario where I finished my undergraduate degree at Carleton University. My family and I love to travel. I have already been to almost every major cities in Canada except those in the 3 territories. I also travelled to many countries in Europe but I still have England to visit. When I was a child, things that I actively participated in were playing piano, drawing, martial arts, swimming, skating, and diving. In my undergrad I enjoyed working part-time as tutor and a TA because this allowed me to keep my life on a structured schedule which helped me stay focused in school. I have been exposed to Dentistry since an early age because of my encounter with dentists due to personal/family/others dental problems. Eventually, I saw the solution to this problem, to become a dentist! Ever since I have been pursuing this career with passion. I know dentistry is the right career for me because of the combination of art and science and ability to solve problems with my hands. I am very easy going and I look forward to helping those who are just as passionate as I am for Dentistry!

woo [dot] park [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Woo Jin Park)

Class: DMD II

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

Home Town: Seoul, South Korea

Education: B.Sc. in Biomedical science (York University, 2011)

Mini-Bio: I was born and grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and I was 13 when I immigrated to Toronto, Ontario. I developed a passion for dentistry while in high school and decided to pursue a biomedical science degree at York University. During my undergraduate studies, I volunteered at many different places where I witnessed inequity in terms of oral health. Since then, my goal has been helping those who cannot afford dental care and those who need dental care the most. I am really interested in social inequity and how the government, the society and individuals can make a difference.

karim [dot] rafla [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Karim Rafla)

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English, French and Arabic

Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Marianopolis College, 2000); B.Eng. with Thermofluids and Propulsion Option (Concordia University, 2005)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Montreal, QC and have always lived in a small suburb in the west island. I studied health sciences at Marianopolis College and went on to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Concordia University. Soon after graduating, I started my career as an engineer at Rolls-Royce Canada, where I worked for the following 6 years. It was my volunteer involvement at the McGill dental clinic that allowed me to experience the fulfillment that comes with serving others and sparked my enthusiasm for the field of dentistry and health care in general. My son was born during my first year of dentistry and balancing family life with academics has been my biggest challenge thus far.

antonio [dot] rossi [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Anthony Rossi)

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English, French and Italian

Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Science (John Abbott College, 2011); Dent-P Program (McGill, 2012)

Mini-Bio:  When I was a child, I was not afraid of the dentist as most children were. Rather, it was an enjoyable experience I would look forward to. At the age of 14, I received an orthodontic treatment and it was my orthodontist who first made me curious about dentistry. He was the one who inspired me to pursue a career in the field. In addition to my studies, I have been actively involved in student government, working as chairperson of the Student Union of John Abbott College and class president during my first two years in dental school. During my free time, I enjoy designing websites and running an online business.

mathieu [dot] savoie2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Mathieu Savoie)

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English and French 

Home Town:  Limoges, Ontario

Education: Honors B. Sc. Specialization in Biochemistry (U of Ottawa, 2012)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Burlington, Ontario and I spent most of my childhood in the small town of Limoges, outside of Ottawa.  I attended a local high school in an even smaller neighbouring town while playing competitive hockey and completed my first year at the University of Ottawa while playing junior hockey. I maintained various part-time jobs during the academic year, in addition to community involvement programs, research, and hockey.  Moving away from home for the first time to attend McGill has been a challenging but rewarding experience. I have always been interested in dentistry, probably due to the influence of my mother’s involvement in health care and having such a great family dentist. As I learned more about the field over the years, the combination of science, serving society, hands-on work, and business made me realize dentistry was a perfect fit for me. Often referred to as oral architects, I prefer the term oral engineer, as we create both for beauty and function.

kristi [dot] stefanison [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Kristi Stefanison)

Class: DMD III

Language(s): English and French (casual)

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: BSc. With Honours in Biology (Dalhousie University, 2011)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in the West Island of Montreal. I commuted into the city during high school and CEGEP. I then went to Dalhousie University in Halifax to study biology for my undergraduate degree. While in Halifax I was involved with the Biology Society, was member of the Atlantis Masters Synchronized Swimming team and a volunteer at the IWK Health Centre. From a young age, I knew I wanted to be in a health care profession. While obtaining my life guarding certifications, I was very interested in the diagnoses and treatments of different conditions and helping others. Growing up with numerous dentists in the family, I was exposed to many aspects of the profession and was interested in all of them, in particular the business side. Dentistry fit very well with my passion for helping others and being a very hands-on profession. I have always loved to do intricate crafts, cook and bake. In my free time I enjoy knitting, cooking, camping and spending time with family and friends. Since starting at McGill I have been on an intramural volleyball team and enjoyed working out at the gym.

anne [dot] beaudin [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Anne Beaudin)

Class: DMD IV

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

Home Town: St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Champlain College, 2010); Dent-P Program (McGill, 2011)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Montreal and grew up in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu where I attended high school.  I then decided to complete my DEC in Health Sciences at Champlain College St-Lambert. I moved away from my parents after my Dent-P year at McGill University and currently live in Longueuil. I have supported myself upon starting CÉGEP; I have been working part-time since age 14 and have occupied different jobs (lifeguard, water safety instructor, customer service, etc.). My decision to go into Dentistry was based on multiple factors: first, I love working with people and offering them my help and services; second, I’m a very artistic person who absolutely needs hands-on tasks in order to feel fulfilled in a career, while being passionate about health sciences, especially biology and anatomy. Third, I believe that Dentistry is one of the few health disciplines that offer a lot of flexibility in terms of work conditions as well as the opportunity to build strong and lasting relationships with patients and their family. It is also an amazing opportunity for an entrepreneur person like I am to be able to start a private practice one day. I love challenges and am good at multitasking. I’m am currently quite involved in the Faculty through research, volunteering and different events. Don’t hesitate to contact me; I will be pleased to discuss with you and to answer any questions you may have!

natashia [dot] bose-roberts [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Natashia Bose-Roberts)

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English and French (casual)

Home Town: Kelowna, British Columbia

Education: DEC in Pure and Applied Science (John Abbott College, 2006); Honours B.Sc. in Microbiology (University of British Columbia, 2010)

Mini-Bio: I grew up in both Kelowna, BC and Grenville, QC. I attended a small town high school in Lachute, QC and then John Abbott College. I moved away from home when I was 17 to attend Cégep and have supported myself ever since. In Cégep, I was on the swim team and worked as a lifeguard and a server to pay for my education. After completing my DEC, I took a year off school to backpack around Europe. I lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland for 6 months before returning to Kelowna to attend UBC. Throughout my undergrad, I was heavily involved with community projects. I started a student research society, a pre-dental club, volunteered at the hospital and at the Gospel Mission dental outreach clinic. I worked as a server, teaching assistant and research assistant to pay for my education. After receiving my honours degree in microbiology, I took another year off school to manage a research lab and travel to eastern Africa. I volunteered in an HIV/AIDS clinic and that solidified my desire to be involved in health care. Dentistry was a natural fit as it incorporates prevention and treatment of disease with a unique artistic, hands-on approach.

michelle [dot] diamond [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Michelle Diamond)

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English, French (casual) and Italian (rudimentary)

Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Dawson College, 2008); B. Sc. in Psychology (McGill, 2011)

Mini-Bio: The profession of dentistry was always of interest to me for several reasons. I enjoy the combination of using your mind to diagnose and treatment plan and hands to execute the treatment of your patients. Other aspects that interest me are working in a team atmosphere, being able to treat patients medically as well as esthetically, and the diversity within the profession. My interests are dancing, I was on a hip hop dance team for 11 years, traveling, learning about different cultures, cooking, and learning different languages. From a young age I have worked several part time jobs and danced competitively while attending school. Although this was challenging, my organization and hard work allowed me to balance work, dance, school, and a social life. I enjoy volunteering and have been part of organizations such as the friendship circle, which involves assisting special needs children in activities, literacy unlimited, where I taught illiterate adults how to read and write, and recently organized a fundraiser carnival for oral health total health.

chloe [dot] fung [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Chloe Fung)

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English, French and basic Spanish

Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, 2008); B.Sc. Rehabilitation Science with major in Occupational Therapy (McGill, 2011)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Montreal. I attended Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie and before I switched to Brébeuf for my last year of high school & Cégep, I spent 4 months as an exchange student in Japan. All throughout high school and Cégep, I also attended the École de musique Vincent-d'Indy to complete my studies in musical theory and classical piano. In the past, I have volunteered for several years at the Accueil Bonneau homeless shelter, the Institut de readaptation Gingras-Lindsay's Occupational Therapy stroke rehabilitation department, the MGH Occupational Therapy department for hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and the McGill Dental Summer Clinic and Outreach program. During my undergrad and 1st year of Dentistry, I was a member of the McGill Figure Skating Team. In undergrad, I was the 2nd year class co-president as well as the VP Internal/Social for the Physical & Occupational Therapy Undergraduate Society. I am currently acting as the VP Communications for the Dental Students’ Society. I always saw myself working in health care but dentistry seemed like a better fit for me because not only is it an extremely hands on profession but it requires an appreciation for working with people, science, aesthetic detail, psychology and management.

nazanin [dot] hojjati [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Nazanin Hojjati)

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English, French, Farsi and Spanish (intermediate)

Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Sciences Honours (John Abbott College, 2010); Dent-P Program (McGill, 2011)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Montreal, but moved to Iran with my family when I was three years old. We came back when I was seven and I did part of my primary school in Montreal. I then moved to Ottawa until grade 7, and came back to Montreal to finish my high school. I went to John Abbott College and was accepted to the Preparatory Program (Dent-P).  I always liked the profession of dentistry. I had my first cavities at an early age and I loved my pediatric dentist and wanted to be like her. As I grew up and got a better understanding of the profession, I realized that it was what I really wanted. The dental profession is great in that it fuses both the medical knowledge of the mouth with the artistic and meticulous aspect of manual, hands-on work. There are also so many opportunities that one has as a dentist; research, academics, private practice, influential charity work. I also am very fond of the social aspect of dentistry; interacting with patients, leading a dental team, communicating with fellow dentists. I have been also been very involved with extra-curricular activities. Outside of academics I enjoy reading, shopping, watching the news, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

tina [dot] imbriglio [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Tina Imbriglio)

Class: DMD IV

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

Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (College Jean-de-Brébeuf, 2007); B.Sc. Biomedical Science (Université de Montreal, 2010)

Mini-Bio: I saw myself in healthcare since a young age. I was drawn to dentistry because it combined science, art, aesthetics, business and entrepreneurship which are features that suited my personality. I have always had a passion for working with children and populations with needs which is one of the reasons I have been engaged in numerous social causes including Espérance de vie, Enfants du monde, the Montreal Rehabilitation Institute and the Marie-Louise-Clarac Foundation. Skiing and volleyball are my leisure passions.

Pierre-Olivier Miron

Class: DMD IV

Language(s): English and French

Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC Plus en Science de la Nature (Collège André Grasset, 2007); B. Sc. in Biomedical Science (Université de Montréal, 2010); Studies in Physiotherapy (Université de Montréal, 2011)

Mini-Bio: Dentistry has always been a passion of mine. I started seeing my dentist early on and every time it was an enjoyable experience which shaped my interest for this field. However, getting into dentistry was not as straight forward as I would have imagined. The ups and downs I had to overcome made me realize the importance of persevering and the happiness that we feel when we achieve our dreams. In CEGEP, I volunteered on a weekly basis at l’Hôpital Maisonneuve Rosemont helping seniors. Bringing comfort to people in need was an insightful experience. For the last two years, I have been the class representative for the Association des Chirurgiens Dentistes du Québec (ACDQ). This position has allowed me to better understand some aspects and regulations of the dental profession. On the recreational level, I am an avid cyclist and I also enjoy skiing and rock climbing.