Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Clinical Dentistry




Dr. Stuart W. Hunter


I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the members of my thesis committee: Dr Stuart Hunter, Dr Antonios Mamandras, Dr Lesley Short, Dr David Banting, Dr John Murray and Dr Brian Tompson. In particular, thank you to my thesis supervisor, Dr Stuart Hunter, for your help and support during my thesis project. You are an inspiration and a role model to me. A special thank to Dr Antonios Mamandras and to Dr Lesley Short for their help and support through the whole program. You made my experience at Western unforgettable. For all the support provided to me in completing this thesis and this program, thank you Barb Merner, Joanne Pfaff, Leesa Couper, Evelyn Larios, PJ Blake, Justina Hovarth, Jackie Geneau and Cynthia Mugimba. You made my experience at Western memorable. I want to say thanks to all of my co-residents: Nadia, Mitch, Dolly, Ali, Mark, Mike, Mariela, Manisha, Neville, Dana, Phil and Julia. Thank you for your comradery, support and humour. To my classmates Ziad and Julia, the past three years have been a true learning experience. Thank you for being such good classmates. I will never forget all the special moments we shared together. Most importantly, I dedicate this thesis to my entire family. To my husband Jalal, thank you for your love, patience and support. Thank you for believing in me and for supporting me in every step of the way. I couldn’t have done it without you. To Mom and Dad, thank you for believing in me every day of my life. Your love and support over the last three years allowed me to follow my dream. I am eternally grateful. To my adorable daughter Mayali, I know we will be able to make up for lost time together but know you are my raison d’être and the sunshine in my life.



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