Meet the ADF Board:
Dr. Tobias Meiszinger – President
Dr. Tobias Meiszinger graduated from dental school at McGill in 2014 and came to Calgary for a 1-year GPR program at the Foothills Hospital. Since 2015 Tobias has enjoyed working in the same private practice as an associate, and has also worked with AHS casually at two public dental clinics. Tobias is newly married and enjoys staying active in his down time, especially if that involves hiking up a mountain with his adventurous wife.
Dr. Patricia Allewell – Director
Dr. Patricia Allewell has been actively involved in the dental community since her graduation from the University of Saskatchewan, Faculty of Dentistry in 1986. In 1993, she received an MBA from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Business.
Dr. Allewell practiced general dentistry in Edmonton for over 20 years. She was the Alberta Regional Dental Officer for Health Canada for five years, and currently enjoys working as a dental consultant in the insurance industry. Her extensive experience includes: executive with Edmonton District Dental Society; Chair of the First Nations and Inuit Health – Oral Health Human Resources Strategy in 2009; past Chair for Edmonton’s Festival of Trees; and previous Chair of the Lillian Osborne School Council.
Dr. Trudy Aucoin – Director
Trudy graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Dentistry in 1989. Along with her husband and partner, Blaine, they relocated to Hinton, Alberta after graduation and managed a dental practice there for 25 years.
Trudy joined the University of Alberta, School of Dentistry team in 2009 as a full-time clinical
instructor. She is the Comprehensive Care Director and DDS 565-2 Course Coordinator. She has enjoyed being involved in the development of the new Curriculum and will be the DDS IV Course Director. She loves this challenge and cherishes the opportunity to work with students and the dental team. She’s inspired and motivated by their dedication and hard work.
Trudy is in Private Practice one day per week and continues to enjoy the challenge. She feels it is very rewarding with a dedicated team and she cherishes the patient experiences.
Dr. Heidi Rabie – Director
Heidi is a dentist who graduated from the University of Montreal in 1998. After a decade of work in private practice, she found her niche passion working in an inner city dental clinic. She has worked there since 2008 and, despite the challenges and the limitations, greatly enjoys serving the vulnerable population. She is delighted that the ADA&C had the brilliant idea to create a Foundation to help dentists and dental professionals stand together for the plight of low income Albertans who have limited access to dental care. Heidi is proud to donate her time to this cause. As a profession, dentists are generous, donating and traveling abroad to provide services to the needy. Local Alberta communities need us too, and we always heed the call. This is the opportunity to do so together, as a profession.
Heidi is mom to a handsome (mom says so) young man who is pursuing the first year of his university adventure online, much to his dismay. Heidi also has a dependent of the furry feline variety. When she’s not working in someone’s mouth, or on an access to care committee, Heidi loves to travel to exotic destinations, and to walk and hike our gorgeous Alberta landscapes.
Meet the ADF Student Representatives:
Simran is a third-year dental student at the University of Alberta. In her time at the school, she has volunteered with various dental charitable organizations. She worked on the External Committee for the Ninth and Tenth Annual Charity Ball events (hosted by the University of Alberta Dental Students’ Association). As a senior member, her responsibilities included contacting sponsors for donations and ticket sales. She was also the co-chair for the Alberta Chapter of Oral Health Total Health and is the co-chair for the Sharing Smiles Day event where individuals with disabilities interact with dental providers.
Through her work at these organizations, Simran has developed a passion for increasing access to dental care for the underserved populations. Her two years of experience volunteering at SHINE (a student-run, free dental clinic) on Saturdays has provided first-hand experience of resources lacking for those who struggle the most with maintaining oral health.
Simran is excited to join as a Student Representative for the Alberta Dental Foundation and help connect Albertans in need of dentistry with organizations designed to serve them!
Greg ZoBell is currently in his third year of the dentistry program at the University of Alberta. He is a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree First Nation near Shell Lake, Saskatchewan of the Treaty six territory. He was born in Calgary, but grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Greg has completed two years of education at Lakehead University in a biology-chemistry double major degree and one year at the University of Lethbridge in a biochemistry degree. He is currently participating in research aimed at improving access to oral health care for school-aged children in remote and rural communities. He has hopes of providing dental care in communities with inadequate access to proper health care.
Greg is married to his wife Leah who is a nurse at the University of Alberta hospital.