Board of Directors



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.



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.   

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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. Robert Hawkins, MSc, DDS, DDPH

Robert Hawkins has worked in dental public health in Ontario since 2003 as a dental consultant and manager. He is currently a dental manager at York Region Public Health. During this time, he has been a member of CAPHD and a member-at-large on the OAPHD Executive (2009 to present). As an OAPHD member, he has participated in the development of several Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care initiatives, including Healthy Smiles Ontario and the Oral Health Protocols. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry receiving his DDS in 1993 and DDPH in 2003.    In addition, he has written over 20 articles for oral health journals and has worked with the Canadian Dental Association as both a journal reviewer and on the Consumer Product Recognition committee.



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. Carlos Quiñonez, DMD, MSc, PhD, FRCD (C)

Carlos Quiñonez is a dental public health specialist, and Associate Professor and Program Director of the Specialty Training Program in Dental Public Health at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. Carlos has been a member of CAPHD since dental school (1994-1998), and has served as the Scientific Chair for the annual conference since 2008. He also previously sat on the CAPHD Board of Directors and was President in 2015. Carlos is an active member of the dental public health community in all facets, and is a passionate advocate for dental public health issues, CAPHD, and its members.



Ms. Julie Farmer, MSc, RDH

Ms. Julie Farmer is a practicing registered dental hygienist in Ontario and a PhD student at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. She completed her dental hygiene diploma in 2012 and conferred a Masters of Science in Dental Public Health from the University of Toronto in 2015. Julie is an active member of CAPHD and has been a volunteer on the Communications and Membership Committee since 2012.

Her areas of research include oral health inequalities, professionalization of dental hygiene practice, health services research, program evaluation, and oral epidemiology. She has provided research and project support to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Office of the Chief Dental Officer, the Canadian Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, and to local public health authorities in Ontario.


Andrea Richard


Ms. Andrea Richard, Dip(DH), RDH

Andrea Richard has worked in population health for seventeen years as a Registered Dental Hygienist, administrator and health promoter.

She currently works with the communities of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and the Pic Mobert First Nation along with trained COHI Aides to deliver preventive services through the Children's Oral Health Initiative (COHI).  She has been the Administrator for CAPHD since 2012 after being a long time volunteer for CAPHD on various operational commitees, and Board Director for several years.

Andrea has a keen interest in the social determinants of health and improving oral health inequalities for vulnerable populations in Canada. 


Membership benefits

  • Conference fee discounts
  • Student Bursaries
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  • Member discussion groups
  • Gain a voice for DPH in Canada