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.

Please note that due to social distancing measures required by the global COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty over how long those measures may be in place, all campus visits have been suspended until further notice.

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

 


romy.jedwab [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Romy Jedwab)

Class of 2024

Language(s): English, French

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Sciences (Marianopolis College, 2011); B.Sc. Exercise Science (Concordia University, 2014); M.Sc. in Public Health with a focus on Global Health (Université de Montréal, 2017)

Mini-Bio: Born and raised in Montreal, I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and the food culture which Montreal is reputed for. I tend to be nicer when I’m not hungry and enjoy meeting new people and learning new things! I believe the world is full of endless experiences and my journey, has yet to begin. My desire to enter Dentistry at McGill began at a young age with my regular visits during my childhood to my dentist. I’ve always had considerable sensitivity in my teeth. By consequence, I've had much exposure to the dental environment and the procedures it entails. Although I was convinced that my dentist was a magician, I understand today that many of the procedures I underwent were far more complex. My personal experience permits me to testify to the importance of addressing oral health issues, appreciate the profession and expertise of dental practitioners as well as the compassion and care that characterizes the patient-dentist relationship. For those reasons, dentistry has always been my calling.


mohammed.w.mohammed [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Mohammed Mohammed) bushra.khan [at] mail.mcgill.ca ( )

Class of 2024

Language(s): English, French and Arabic

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Champlain College, 2019); Dent-P Program (McGill University, 2020)

Mini-Bio: Coming from an Iraqi background, I was born in Yemen and my family immigrated to Canada. At an early age, I enjoyed playing computer games, and I eventually did so competitively in a team environment. I was also a part of my high school’s competitive volleyball and soccer teams. I was enrolled in an IB program and it taught me at an early age the importance of diversity and community involvement. I enjoyed spending my weekends volunteering in environment councils, fundraising events for a variety of causes and tutoring. This latter passion for community involvement followed me and I kept tutoring in CEGEP. Furthermore, my passion for science started developing and I began considering dentistry as a career path. I was also inspired by my brother who was pursuing a career in dentistry. I did some volunteering in the MUHC as a friendly visitor and building patient/volunteer relationships taught me the importance of compassion in healthcare. Dentistry seemed like the perfect mix between three elements of my passions: manual dexterity that I've developed playing video games competitively, science that has always satisfied my inquisitive mind and human relationships developed through my volunteering. Outside of the classroom, you can find me at the gym, playing video games or at the library reading about the latest scientific discoveries.


alexandra.papadakis [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Alexandra Papdakis) bushra.khan [at] mail.mcgill.ca ( )

Class of 2024

Language(s): English, French

Hometown: Laval, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Sciences (Marianopolis College, 2015); B.Sc. Anatomy and Cell Biology (McGill University, 2018); Minor in Arts and Sciences (University of Montreal, 2019); B.Sc. Psychology (University of Montreal, interrupted in 2020)

Mini-Bio: Having grown up in Laval, I was elated when I got accepted into the same university where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology. One of the most memorable and rewarding parts of my undergraduate experience, was organizing and attending events for the special needs community. I hope to one day offer dental services to this group as my brother also has special needs. As dentistry had always sparked my interest, I approached my dentist and asked to volunteer with him in order to familiarize myself with the practice. I enjoyed every aspect of my experience, from the variety of the work, to the doctor-patient interactions, which ultimately convinced me that I wanted to pursue a career in dentistry. When looking into different dental schools I came across the faculty’s community initiatives and knew that McGill Dentistry would be the right fit for me. In my free time I like to paint, hike and try new restaurants. If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them!


stella.predoiu [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Stella Maria Predoiu)

Class of 2024

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

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Sciences (Marianopolis College, 2019); Dent-P Program (McGill University, 2020)

Mini-Bio: Born in Montreal and raised in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, I grew up in a busy household with my parents, my sister, a grey tuxedo cat, and usually grandparents visiting from Romania. I first discovered how much I care about people when tutoring primary school children at the local library, and working as a swim instructor and lifeguard at my city's aquatic centre; however, it was college where I began real involvement with my community. Thus, I had the chance to befriend amazing teenagers at Best Buddies and become president of its Marianopolis chapter, volunteer at a pediatrics clinic and complete an Indigenous Studies certificate, have fun with costume design for my college’s theatre company, and spend many hours in the First Aid room, thankfully not as a patient. All of this shaped my desire to pursue a health career and dentistry in particular. I realized that dentistry is so much more than telling people to floss every day, as it combines education, health, and artistry, among others, and I could not be happier to be studying it at McGill University. In my spare time, I am binge-watching Sherlock, devouring fantasy novels, and planning my next travels. Contact me! It will be my pleasure to help you!


ildi.troka [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Ildi Troka) bushra.khan [at] mail.mcgill.ca ( )

Class of 2024

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

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Sciences (College de Bois-de-Boulogne, 2013); B.Sc. Physiology (McGill University, 2016), M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine (McGill University, 2018)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Albania and moved to Montreal when I was four. Growing up, I was always passionate about health sciences, and I knew that I wanted to work in this field. Through my education, I’ve volunteered in nursing homes and in hospitals, where I enjoyed giving back and helping my community. My interest in dentistry came at a very young age where I remember enjoying witnessing the job my Dentist was doing. More particularly, I liked the hands-on aspect, engaging with people and help them improve their oral health, as well as the business side of the profession too. The science behind dentistry also fascinated me, so to extend my knowledge I decided doing a Master’s degree in Experimental Medicine where my research was in the bone field. Working for one year in patent law also allowed me to gain valuable experience about the business side of science. I chose McGill Dentistry because of its new modern dental clinic, the innovative research being conducted by worldwide renowned researchers and its community outreach program helping more vulnerable populations of society. Being a big fan of outdoor activities, I enjoy cycling and fishing during my spare time. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!


jiongci.xu [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Lisa Xu) bushra.khan [at] mail.mcgill.ca ( )

Class of 2024

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

Hometown: Wenzhou, China

Education: B.Sc. Pharmacology with minor in Psychology (McGill, 2019)

Mini-Bio: I was born in China and moved to Michigan at sixteen as an exchange student. I finished my high school in New York City and moved to Montreal for my undergraduate studies at McGill University. Upon graduating with a degree in Pharmacology, I participated in the Odyssey Program where I was an English language assistant at a middle school in Lévis. Having lived in many places, I appreciated Montreal the most. Its multicultural environment provided me with the opportunities to meet people from different social and cultural backgrounds. It was also part of the reason I chose McGill Dentistry. Being a friendly visitor of seniors and patients at Entraide Bénévole Métro and Montreal General Hospital, I valued the importance of community involvement. I was also the president of McGill Students Chinese Music Society where I got to stretch my mind and used creative elements for our annual concert. Dentistry appeals to me in that it not only helps me to serve my community but also allows me to exercise my creativity through precise handicraft. During my free time, I also love knitting, baking and playing board/video games with my friends!


bushra.khan [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Bushra Khan )

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French and Bengali

Hometown: Brampton, Ontario

Education: Honours B.Sc. Microbiology and Immunology (McGill University, 2017)

Mini-Bio: I grew up in Toronto and later moved to Brampton, Ontario. I then moved to Montreal to study Microbiology and Immunology at McGill where I conducted an honours research project studying oral bacterial biofilms and their role in the onset of periodontitis. After having positive experiences with my own general dentist during my undergraduate studies, I decided to pursue a career as a dentist. Dentistry appealed to me because I like the mix of art and science and I enjoy activities that are hands-on. Outside of school, I worked at the Mile End Mission where I developed community programs and activities, and used my love of cooking as a volunteer making meals for the Mile End community. I also assisted dental students at the McGill Summer Dental Clinic and Jim Lund Dental Clinic which drew me to McGill Dentistry because of its commitment to community service, and I look forward to continue working with the Montreal community throughout dental school. Apart from that, I play many instruments, and in my free time you can find me playing music, trying new recipes or doing yoga. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, I would be happy to help!


albert.le [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Albert Le) bushra.khan [at] mail.mcgill.ca ( )

Class of 2023

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

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Education: BSc Pharmacology with minor in Management, Global Designation (McGill University, 2018)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Ottawa but have always called Montreal my second home with my family here. I started really calling it home though when I moved here for my bachelors. I was drawn to dentistry because of the often neglected, yet how impactful, oral health is. Our smile defines a large part of who we are, and anything can affect our ability to eat, sleep, our self-confidence, and even our fundamental ability to convey our feelings and expressions. McGill drew me not only for its beautiful facilities, but its focus on increasing accessibility to marginalized populations. Off the books, I enjoy long distance running, bouldering, and reading. A former army cadet, military parachutist, long-time financier and proud sailor in the Royal Canadian Navy, I look forward to meeting and getting to know you. Catch me on a local hike or river, or while traveling.


kungjun.lee [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Tom Lee) bushra.khan [at] mail.mcgill.ca ( )

Class of 2023

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

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Education: B.Sc. Anatomy and Cell Biology (McGill University, 2017); B.Sc. Kinesiology (McGill University, 2019)

Mini-Bio: I spent my early childhood in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Vancouver, British Columbia when I was ten years old. My decision to pursue dentistry first occurred when I convinced my parents to get me braces! My orthodontic experience taught me how much dental health influences not only heath but also the associated social aspects. I wanted to provide meaningful treatments to patients as I had experienced. Dentistry also aligned with my passion to utilize musical dexterity that I have spent developing through classical training. I was drawn to McGill Dentistry for its emphasis on community engagement and its diversity values. Also, my experiences with its Outreach Program has helped me to realize not only what kind of a dentist I want to be, but also that McGill Dentistry is where I can continue to do what I envision doing: giving back to the community. Apart from the academics, I like to keep myself busy by playing musical instruments, especially drums, going for long-distance runs and hiking. It would be my pleasure to further share my experiences and answer any questions. Please do not hesitate to contact me!


rehka.raveendrakumar [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Rehka Raveendrakumar )

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French and Tamil

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Honours Sciences (John Abbott College, 2013); B.Sc. Neuroscience (McGill University, 2016); M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine (McGill University, 2018); D.E.S.S en développement du médicament (Université de Montréal, 2019)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in the West Island of Montreal. Since high school, I was heavily involved with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) as a volunteer for the Relay for Life and as an executive member of the McGill chapter, during undergrad. While pursuing my Masters, I started a cancer outreach organization in Quebec in collaboration with CCS, to create an awareness of its misconceptions and the complexity of cancer research. Apart from leading this outreach initiative, I was involved with many other McGill student organizations notably Let’s Talk Science, Brain Reach, Experimental Medicine Graduate Student Society and Cancer Research Program student group at the MUHC. My hobbies/interests include painting, drawing, hanging out with friends, music, and reading science fiction novels. I chose to pursue dentistry because it allows me to combine my love for arts and science as well as provide an important health service to the community. I chose McGill because of its small class size, diversity, facilities and its many outreach initiatives that provide real world experience.


erica.shligold [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Erica Shligold )

Class of 2023

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

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Education: Honours B.Sc. in Psychology (York University, 2019)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. I stayed in Toronto for my Honours B.Sc. degree and attended York University, where I founded the first student emergency first responder team on campus, where students provide free first aid care. McGill Dentistry’s commitment to giving back to the community allows me to continue doing so in a different capacity. My interest in becoming a dentist stemmed from going to the dentist and witnessing my family members’ appointments from a young age. While in high school, I had the opportunity to shadow various medical professionals. I quickly realized that dentistry is for me because I liked how dentists engage with patients, educate them about preventative measures and maintenance of their oral health, and restore their teeth which can in return improve or even change someone’s life. I chose to attend McGill due to the small class sizes, state of the art facilities, great faculty, commitment to research, and community involvement. Outside of academics and volunteering, I was on my university’s swim team and I played tennis intramurals. Balancing these activities with work and school has taught me the importance of time management to achieve my goals, which I hope to continue during dental school.


assia.tsyvian-dzyabko [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Assia Tsyvian-Dzyabko )

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish (rudimentary)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Sciences (Collège de Maisonneuve, 2015); B.Sc. Cell and Molecular Biology (Université de Montréal, 2019)

Mini-Bio: Born Ukraine, I moved to Montreal when I was six. Learning languages as I grew up, allowed me to know different people, cultures and gave me the need to get closer to my community which became a part of me. Since very young, I’ve led recreational activities for students with Down Syndrome in my neighborhood and helped students with learning disabilities to prepare for exams. At that point, I understood that I wanted to help others and give back to my community through my future career. After my little brother lost his first baby tooth, I realized that the dental profession was for me. As my passion for health sciences grew, I wanted to extend my knowledge in this field before getting involved in dentistry, so I obtained a Bachelor degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and did research in neurosciences, cell biology and cancer. It gave me the opportunity to write for Wikipedia and Medicine/Science. I also worked as a research assistant and a teaching auxiliary. During my free time, I am doing embroidery, knitting, playing piano and reading scientific articles and news. I chose McGill Dentistry’s unique academic pathway for its health sciences, community centered and artistic manual work perfect combination. I will be very glad to help you!


yifei.wang6 [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Yifei Wang )

Class of 2023

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

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Education: Honours B.Sc. Life Sciences with Specialization in Drug Development & Human Toxicology (Queen's University, 2018)

Mini-Bio: I was born in China, but after moving to Ontario at the age of four I have since called the Greater Toronto Area my home. My first jobs were teaching swimming/lifeguarding at both the local community centre and YMCA Summer Camp, while spending weekends volunteering at the Southlake Hospital ICU and Residential Care Village. Together, these experiences taught me the importance of compassion, altruism, and respect, inspiring me to pursue a career in healthcare through Life Sciences at Queen’s University. Unquestionably, my most rewarding undergrad experience was becoming a member, and later the president, of the Queen’s Genetically Engineered Machine Team to discover the wonders of synthetic biology with a team of incredibly skilled students from various backgrounds. This, along with my thesis project researching adaptive immunity in bladder cancer, convinced me to spend a year working at a dental clinic after graduating, out of my growing appreciation for manual work and precision. Needless to say, all of this led me to choose McGill Dentistry, the perfect combination of community, leadership, and manual dexterity. Outside the classroom, I can be found swimming, playing basketball, or reading classical literature and philosophy. Feel free to reach me if you have any questions!


toka.zaini [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Toka Zaini )

Class of 2023

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

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Education: BEng Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace and Vehicle Systems (Concordia University, 2010)

Mini-Bio: Originally from Iraq, I was born and raised in Emirates. Settling in Montreal, I completed a degree in Engineering and worked as a teaching and research assistant at Concordia University for four years. I have also worked in the aerospace industry for several years holding couple of different positions at Pratt and Whitney Canada. I draw many parallels between my personal life, career and community involvement and despite my packed agenda as a mother of two, I enjoyed mentoring LCC high-school robotics team at “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” national competition. In addition, I occasionally organize and supervise hand crafting activities to group of youths at a local community center. As a co-president and a member of fundraising committee of Medical Perspectives Concordia club, we collaboratively organized fundraising, workshops and networking events. During my spare time, I enjoy hiking and exploring new places. I also play volleyball and have been a team captain for one of Concordia’s intramural volleyball teams for the past two years. I chose McGill dentistry due to its academic excellence, diversity, community consciousness, as well as its various research opportunities. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach to me!


yawen.chen [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Yawen Chen)

Class of 2022

Language(s): English, French and Mandarin

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Education: Honours B.Sc. Biomedical Science (University of Ottawa, 2018)

Mini-Bio: I grew up in Toronto but moved to Ottawa for high school and stayed for my undergraduate degree at uOttawa. At uOttawa, I was a science representative to the student union and VP design for the Pre-Dental Club. I love design, graphics, and aesthetics which really lends itself to a career in dentistry! I was also the social chair for my sorority; I love meeting new people which is why being in a human-centred career was important to me. Along with my sorority, I participated in many fundraising campaigns and philanthropic efforts for CHEO, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Ottawa Mission, Moontime Sisters, just to name a few. Being involved in my student community and community at large is always a privilege and extremely rewarding. I chose McGill dentistry because the classes are small and the facilities are amazing. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Montreal is a mecca for food and culture. In my spare time I like to stay active through cycling, rock climbing, and the sporadic gym session. Please reach out if you have any questions!


ingrid.harb [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Ingrid Harb )

Class of 2022

Language(s): English, French and Arabic

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Education: B.Sc. Honours Biochemistry (McGill University, 2017); M.Sc. Biochemistry (McGill University, 2018)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Lebanon and moved to Ottawa, Ontario at fourteen years old. After finishing high school, I moved to Montreal for university where I pursued my undergraduate and graduate studies. Throughout I had the opportunity to partake in research using protein crystallography. Working with crystals under a microscope requires precision and finesse and I fell in love with the delicate work. In addition to loving details and working with my hands, I am a very social person who loves to be surrounded by people. I have always tried to integrate leadership roles and social settings into my life. During my undergrad I was on my residence council, volunteered at the Royal Victoria Hospital, was a student ambassador, and will be VP social of our DMD II class council. Choosing dentistry as a career was the right fit for me as my interests and the person I have become through my experiences fit the people-centered, scientific career perfectly. If I’m not studying, in my spare time I enjoy yoga, watching a TV show, being with my friends and family, and exploring new restaurants in the city!


mckenzie.laframboise [at] mail.mcgill.ca (McKenzie Laframboise )

Class of 2022

Language(s): English and French (rudimentary)

Hometown: Kemptville, Ontario

Education: B.Sc. Major in Biology (Concordia University, 2014), B.Sc. Major in Exercise Science (Concordia University, 2016)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up in Kemptville, Ontario. I attended Concordia University and graduated with degrees in Biology and Exercise Science. I remember being accepted into McGill’s Dentistry program like it was yesterday and have not looked back since. Why McGill Dentistry? Not only is it located in the best city, we are also provided the best facilities, phenomenal professors, small class sizes, a diverse class body, and are given multiple resources to make sure we succeed (counselling services, big-sib program, and more). My interest in dentistry sparked when I got my braces put on in the eighth grade. I got to know my dentist on a deeper level since I was seeing her so often. She became a role model for me; community driven, well-rounded, passionate, and caring. Growing up I played competitive basketball which helped me understand the true value and importance of working on a team and being a team player; something that is very important to the dental profession. Today, I enjoy long distance running; I have completed two marathons and multiple half marathons. Signing up for races keeps me motivated throughout the year to stay active. Please contact me if you have any questions!


shany.ouaknine [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Shany Ouaknine)

Class of 2022

Language(s): English, French and Hebrew

Home town: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Dawson, College, 2014); B.Sc. Exercise Science with minor in Multidisciplinary Studies in Science (Concordia University, 2018).

Mini-Bio: Born and raised in Montreal, from a young age I’ve dabbled in various forms of art such as mixed media painting and sculpting. I’ve therefore always known that I enjoy working with my hands and thus sought a profession that would allow me to use this passion, leading to dentistry being a good fit as manual dexterity and attention to detail are a must. In high school I started volunteering at the Cummings Centre, Jewish General, Mount Sinai and Maimonides Hospitals, working primarily with elderly individuals which impressed the need for proper health care. I currently am a Listener for a helpline and help local organisations with their events, such as Pride Week. Working with people from all walks of life has allowed me to deepen my understanding of the different issues everyone faces and solidified my decision to complete my studies at McGill Dentistry due to the faculty’s high degree of social awareness and the dental care they provide to underprivileged members of our community. When not working, I enjoy hiking, playing soccer and “geeking” out over Harry Potter. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!


sophie.patenaude [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Sophie Patenaude)

Class of 2022

Language(s): English and French

Hometown: Hemmingford, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Dawson College, 2017); Dent-P Program (McGill University, 2018).

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Hemmingford, Quebec, which is a small village of 900 people bordering New York State. Part of my family is from Mooers, New York and I hold dual citizenship. Being from a small town, I’ve always had a strong sense of community. In high school, I participated in field hockey, I mentored students with learning disabilities and I was the student union co-president. Moving to Montreal to attend Dawson College required an adjustment. To get involved with my new community I began volunteering at the Montreal Children's Hospital. I later started volunteering at the McGill Dentistry Summer Clinic and at the Mobile Clinic. These community outreach programs reaffirmed that McGill Dentistry is right for me. I’ve always had a passion for dentistry and I knew that McGill would allow me to continue to be involved and give back. Aside from school, I’m a strong believer in the importance of making time for yourself. On my days off you’ll find me crafting, cooking, reading a good book and enjoying time with friends and family. Please contact me if you have any questions!


jeremy.sananes [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Jeremy Sananes)

Class of 2022

Language(s): English, French and Hebrew

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (John Abbott College, 2017); Dent-P Program (McGill University, 2018).

Mini-Bio: Born in Montreal and raised in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, I couldn’t be happier to be a dental student at McGill. From a young age, I loved to create and work with my hands – 3D puzzles are my favourite and there is rarely a time when I am not working on a model. Moreover, care, compassion and respect are core values in my family and are manifested in my daily life. Slowly but surely, life was funneling me towards a career in dentistry. My first encounter with oral health, however, was both a terrifying and amazing experience. At seventeen, I developed a cyst on my gums and was immediately overcome with fear. Yet, the kindness, professionalism and knowledge displayed by the dental professionals greatly appealed to me. When it came to selecting a career path, dentistry was undeniably the choice for me, combining manual dexterity, my inquisitive nature and love for learning, and my desire to help and connect with others. Outside of the classroom, I play sports both competitively and recreationally – the soccer field is my second home. To me, nothing beats a challenging puzzle or a page-turning spy book. I also love watching movies and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to contact me at any time - I'd be happy to help in any way possible!


christina.angelopoulos [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Christina Angelopoulos)

Class of 2021

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

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Education: DEC in Health Science (Vanier College, 2013); B.Sc. Kinesiology (McGill University, 2016), B.Sc. Physiotherapy (McGill University, 2017 – discontinued upon acceptance in Dentistry).

Mini-Bio: Born and raised in Montreal, I had always a passion for the multicultural ambiance of the city. Fluent in 5 languages, I never hesitated to partake in the various activities that the city has to offer and build friendships with the students of different academic and cultural backgrounds. My hobbies include music as I play the piano and the trumpet which enabled me to compete in various provincial music contest with my school orchestra. I also have a strong passion for physical fitness through my career as a personal trainer/Kinesiologist prior to entering McGill Dentistry. From a young age, I was an active volunteer for my community centre and for the local residence for the elderly where I was taught the importance of patience, compassion and respect. Giving back to my community is a family value instilled in me from a young age and inspired me to join McGill’s Dental Outreach program as a volunteer in CEGEP. I was drawn to McGill dentistry because of its academic excellence, diversity and community engagement. I look forward to continuing in community initiatives in my career as a dentist. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for any questions!


henry.assad [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Henry Assad)

Class of 2021

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

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Education: H.BSc. Biomedical Science with Co-operative education (uOttawa, 2017)

Mini-Bio: I did not always want to be a dentist. It was only in university did I discover this phenomenal profession. To be able to combine my love of science with my passion for healthcare, and to enter the flow of manual creation are such blessings we as future dentists reap every day. To better someone’s health and quality of life directly through my work is an immensely gratifying experience, and so dentistry was the obvious choice. Growing up in Ottawa in a mixed arab-latino family, I learned early on about the richness of diversity and the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect. McGill’s faculty of dentistry best exemplify these values and quickly became my top choice thanks to the Faculty's robust track record of outreach activities, caring staff, and small class sizes. Not to mention that Montreal is a world-class city that offers something for everyone! I've lived in a different Montreal neighbourhood every year I've been here. In my off-time I love to exercise, cycle the city, and play board games time with friends and family. Please, Ask Me Anything!


mariana.capretz [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Mariana Capretz)

Class of 2021

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

Home town: London, Ontario

Education: B.Sc. Honors Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (Western University, 2017).

Mini-Bio: I come from a Brazilian family; however, I was born in Japan and moved to London, Ontario when I was six years old. Considering my multicultural background, one of my greatest passions in life is traveling and I tend to be in a different country during every school break! To this day, I have been to all seven continents and over fifty countries. When I am not traveling, I enjoy bike riding in Montreal, reading Dan Brown novels, and listening to the musical Hamilton on repeat. I knew I wanted to pursue dentistry when I pulled my friend’s tooth out in the middle of my grade one classroom. Since then, I have shadowed and assisted several dentists, worked in a dental research lab, and volunteered for the outreach program at Western University. Each experience confirmed my desire to pursue a career in dentistry. I enjoy the idea of working with my hands to create a product specific to an individual. Moreover, a dentist's ability to not only relieve pain but also fulfill a patient's cosmetic desires greatly entices me. I am ecstatic to pursue this great profession at McGill University. Please feel free to ask me any questions!


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

Class of 2021

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 of 2021

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!


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

Class of 2021

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 of 2021

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!

Follow us on:

Back to top