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GETTING TO BETTER KNOW THE MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMY DR. GREGORY WESTMAN CAPD/ACDP Secretary - Treasurer, 2018 to 2020 Why did you choose to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry? I was fortunate to have a very good clinical experience in Pediatric Dentistry in my third and fourth years of dental school. I was able to perform many restorative and surgical procedures, including treating a young boy with dentinogenesis imperfecta. Compared to the other dental disciplines, I enjoyed doing pedo and found treating children quite rewarding. Boating in Magnetawan Upon graduation from dental school I did a dental internship at Victoria Hospital in London. There I had a great introduction to clinical Pediatric Dentistry. At that time Dr. Gerry Wright and Dr. Clive Friedman treated children and special needs patients in the hospital. I was privileged to be mentored by them. For two years I practiced in the Sioux Lookout Zone under the direction of Dr. Norm Levine and Dr. Keith Titley of the University of Toronto. I travelled to all but two of the 23 communities (reserves) in the Zone. Usually the duration of these visits was from one to two weeks. Typically I would see elementary school kids during the day and adults in the evening. I enjoyed treating the children much more than the adults. From this extensive exposure to the dental needs of children, I decided to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry. Where did you do your training? After obtaining a Bachelor of Science, I enrolled in dental school at the University of Western Ontario. Following graduation in 1982, I was a dental intern at Victoria and University Hospitals in London, Ontario. From 1986 to 1988 I attend the Pediatric Dentistry program at Indiana University Dental School and James Whitcomb Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis Indiana. I returned to Ontario three months before my first child was born. What do you enjoy the most about your job? There are several things I enjoy about my job as a pediatric dentist. Seeing children change from being fearful and reserved towards dental treatment to become accepting and happy patients is very rewarding. Treating families and watching them grow is certainly a benefit of being a pediatric dentist. I’m at a stage in my career where I’m now treating the children of patients that I had treated when they were young. In the dental clinic at Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital