Board of Directors




Dr. Rafael Figueiredo, BDS, MSc (DPH), FRCDC(C)

Dr. Rafael Figueiredo is the Provincial Dental Public Health Officer with Alberta Health Services in Edmonton, Alberta as of September 2014. For the last 13 years, he has been working as a Researcher with the Community Dental Health Services Research Unit at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. Further to his research activity and teaching at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, he received a Master of Science Degree, M.Sc. in 2011, and a Dental Public Health Specialty Degree in 2014. He has certification in Dental Public Health with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.  

Dr. Figueiredo’s involvement with Dental Public Health and his interest for the vulnerable population started right after his graduation as a dentist. The beginning of his career was dedicated to the provision of dental care to patients with special needs, children and adults.  Subsequently, he got involved with dental care with Aboriginal communities in the extreme north of Canada and with oral health prevention to First Nations children in Ontario. More recently he conducted an important research concerning the adult homeless population in Toronto, investigating their oral health status and utilization of hospital emergency departments for dental problems.  



Dr. Alyssa Hayes, BDent (Hons), MSc, FRCD(C) Alyssa Hayes completed her dental training at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2006. She then accepted a position with the New South Wales (NSW) government as a Dental Officer working in rural NSW. During this Alyssa worked closely with dental therapists, dental assistants and students (both locally and foreign-trained) to deliver care to marginalized populations. After several years working in Australia she returned home to Canada to complete her Dental Public Health specialty training at the University of Toronto. Alyssa’s research focused on the economic impacts of oral health and oral health care. After graduation Alyssa  remained active in the Community Dental Health Services Research Unit (CDHRSU) in Toronto and was the Dental Consultant for the Regional Municipality of York before accepting a position as Assistant Professor in the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan.



Dr. Mario Brondani,  DDS, MSc, MPH, PhD

Mario has over 20 years of experience as a dentist both in private practice and in community clinics. Mario completed his dental training at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in 1994 and his MSc in Geriatrics at the Pontifical Catholic University in 2002 also in Porto Alegre. After working as a clinician within the Brazilian Army, private practice, and non-for-profit clinics in Brazil, Mario came to Canada to pursue a PhD in Dental Sciences (2002-2007) and a MPH (2010-2012) at UBC Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine, respectively.

Mario heads the MPH/Dental Public Health combined program at UBC, coordinates the UBC undergraduate module in dental geriatrics for the DMD program and teaches within the dental hygiene program. His areas of research include community dentistry (oral health programs), HIV (stigma, point of care), dental geriatrics, dental education, and issues around marginalization and health inequalities. Mario is a member of the CAPHD Policy and Advocacy Committee and volunteers in various professional, academic and community organizations at provincial, national and international levels.



Ms. Shelly Sorensen, Dip(DH), RDH, CDA, CDPH

Ms. Shelly Sorensen has been in the dental industry for over twelve years, completing her Dental Assisting training in 2003, a Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2009, and most recently completing her Community Dental Health Certificate (CDHC) in 2012.  Shelly is currently completing her BA in Health and Community Service, with a focus on Indigenous Health and Ageing.  She has worked in public health for over 6 years in Duncan B.C. on Vancouver Island.   Shelly works at the Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre for Cowichan Tribes, the largest First Nations band in British Columbia.  There She is the Acting Dental Program Manager, and also provides services as a COHI Provider with the FNHA's Children’s Oral Health Initiative.  Shelly is Chair of the Inquiry Committee for the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia, and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Public Health Association of British Columbia.  Shelly has contributed articles for Success By 6 Cowichan Kids magazine and for CDHA’s Oh Canada! eMagazine.  She is a strong advocate for increased access to care for First Nation communities, and  has completed the Indigenous Cultural Competency Training through the Provincial Health Services Authority in BC. 


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Dr. Jodi Shaw, CD, DMD, MSc (DPH), FRDC(C)

Jodi Shaw, native of Newfoundland and Labrador, completed her dental training at l'Université de Montréal in 2000. Mid-way through dental school, she enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces. Since graduation, Jodi has been posted to several Canadian Armed Forces bases and has held a variety of clinical and leadership positions.

In 2015, Jodi completed a Master of Science degree in Dental Public Health at the University of Toronto and was conferred Fellowship of  
the Royal College of Dentists of Canada that same year. Jodi is currently posted to Canadian Forces Health Services Group  
Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario and is working in the Directorate of Dental Services in the position of Dental Policy and Programs 2. 



Garry Aslanyan, DMD, MPH, FRCD(C)

Dr. Garry Aslanyan is currently the chair of the CAPHD Policy and Advocacy Committee and volunteers for various CAPHD activities.  Dr. Aslanyan is currently the Manager of Partnerships and Governance at the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Programme on Research and Training on Tropical Diseases in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining the WHO, Dr. Aslanyan was federal public servant working with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency in Ottawa, Canada. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Toronto and Ottawa and is past-president of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA). He is registered dental public health specialist with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) and is currently the Councilor and Examiner for Dental Public Health with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC).




Dr. Sonica Singhal, BDS, MPH, PhD, FRCD(C)

Dr. Sonica Singhal is a dentist from Delhi University, India, with a Masters in Public Health from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a PhD in Dental Public Health from the University of Toronto. She is a fellow of Royal College of Dentists of Canada and is working as a Scientist, Oral Health, at Public Health Ontario. She is also appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.

Sonica possesses diverse clinical, epidemiological, scientific research and health policy skills. Over the last few years, she has been actively involved in conducting scientific and programmatic research. At Public Health Ontario, Sonica provides scientific analysis and expert consultative services to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Medical Officers of Health, government staff, public health dental professionals, and academics across the province concerning oral health issues in order to promote oral health and prevent oral disease and related oral health inequities. 




Dr. Dick Ito, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C)

Dr. Ito is a 1981 graduate in General Dentistry from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto and worked for the City of Toronto Dental and Oral Health Services from 1990 to 2003. He returned to the University of Toronto and obtained a Masters degree in 2007. As a Specialist in Public Health Dentistry he is currently the dental consultant for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. He is also the Chief Examiner in Dental Public Health for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, on the Executive of the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD) and an Assistant Professor in the discipline of Dental Public Health at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. 


Andrea Richard


Andrea Richard, Dip(DH), RDH

Andrea Richard has 16 years experience as a dental hygienist both in private dental clinics and community oral health programs. For most of her career she has worked within the dental public health sector as a clinical dental hygienist, administrator and health promoter. She has worked in First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout Zone and communities serviced by the Northwestern Health Unit. She worked at the Calgary Health Region primarily assessing and preventing Early Childhood Caries in addition to providing outreach to Calgary's homeless population. She currently works for the Biigtigong Mno-zhi-yaawgamig and the Pic Mobert Health Centre along with trained COHI Aides to deliver preventive services through the Children's Oral Health Initiative (COHI). She has been the Executive Director for CAPHD since 2012 after being a long time volunteer for CAPHD on various operational commitees, and held several positions on the Board of Directors including member-at-large and Secretary/Treasurer. Andrea has a keen interest in the social determinants of health and improving oral health inequalities for vulnerable populations in Canada. 


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