SDHA Conference Speakers


Dr. Sheri McKinstry  

Cheri Wu, BDSc(DH)

Cheri Wu holds a BDSc(DH) from the University of British Columbia and is a registered dental hygienist with 28 years dedicated to clinical practice and education, including 10 years in non-profit dental care. In 2011, Cheri opened her own independent dental hygiene clinic in Victoria, B.C. – ‘Focus On Dental Hygiene’ and holds a faculty position with Camosun College. In partnership with DENTSPLY SIRONA, Cheri presents scientific, evidenced-based information and hands-on education for ultrasonic instrumentation and air polishing. Her accomplishments include the UBC 2003 Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, the 2012 Camosun College Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2014 Barbara Heisterman Award for Innovation and Commitment to Care.
Andrea Melnyk, RDH

Andrea graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at the University of Alberta in 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Dental Hygiene and began her career as a registered dental hygienist in Edmonton, AB.

Andrea became interested in the field of orofacial myology after attending a continuing education course that highlighted the positive outcomes and life changing results orofacial myofunctional therapy can have on individuals. In 2013, Andrea began her training in orofacial myology at the Coulson Institute in Denver, Colorado. She has completed numerous training courses since then, and most recently, achieved her certification with the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).

She owns and operates Saskatchewan Myofunctional Therapy, the first Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy clinic in the province whose sole purpose is to treat myofunctional disorders.

Andrea is committed to providing individualized therapy for patients of all ages. She is passionate about prevention and addressing the root cause of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) rather than just treating the symptoms. Her expertise includes correcting oral rest posture, noxious oral habit elimination, tongue thrust correction and identifying tongue and lip ties and their influence on growth and development of the teeth, jaws and airway.

Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH
Kathleen Bokrossy has been bringing engaging energy to the dental profession for over 30 years. Kathleen is the founder and president of rdhu Inc., a Professional Development company which provides team events, and delivers evidence-based education through hands-on and online learning. An interactive and popular presenter, Kathleen is committed to help ‘transform the dental hygiene experience’ for you, your client and your practice!

Beth Parkes, RDH, BSc

Beth Parkes is an engaging international speaker who has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 16 years. She has worked in General and Independent Practice, Mobile Dental Hygiene, Orthodontics and Periodontics. She is the Vice President of rdhu Inc., leader of their Laser Training Program across Canada, a Quality Assurance coach, and a cast member of the ever-popular CE Show, The RDH View. Beth is a published author and a board member for Dental Hygiene Quarterly. Her vision is to help create leaders in the Dental Hygiene Profession, empowering them with knowledge and skill sets that will set them apart.
Dr. Salme Lavigne  
Dr. Amanda Gruza Dr. Amanda Gruza graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry in 2010 and subsequently completed a one-year General Practice Residency (GPR) at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Dr. Gruza then spent several years in private practice as a general dentist, and also supervised dental students as a part-time clinical faculty member at the UofS College of Dentistry. In 2019, Dr. Gruza completed the four-year, hospital-based combined Oral Medicine-Oral Pathology residency program through the University of British Columbia. Dr. Gruza is now a board-certified Oral & Maxillofacial Pathologist, as well as a board-certified Oral Medicine Specialist. She currently works at the UofS College of Dentistry as an Assistant Professor teaching both undergraduate dental students and medical residents. Dr. Gruza also works in private practice as an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist in the Saskatchewan Health Authority and as an Oral Medicine Specialist at Saskatoon Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology (SOMOP). When she is not at work Dr. Gruza loves spending time with her husband and two children.