Dr. Kim Hansen hopes to end access to dental care barriers and bring wellness to the forefront
June 1, 2019
TORONTO, ON — A Brockville native by birth, Dr. Kim Hansen has been practicing in nearby Prescott since 1985 and has seen the major changes that have happened to his community. Witnessing the severe economic downturn in the region over the past 15 years, access to dental care issues are near and dear to his heart.
Making sure people get the dental care they need has always been a driving factor for Dr. Hansen, not just for people in his community but for visitors as well. He was the first local dentist to volunteer his services to Canadian Aid for Chernobyl, the organization providing humanitarian and medical aid to people still affected by the 1986 nuclear disaster. Dr. Hansen started treating over a dozen orphans brought over for an annual health respite in 1996 and continued treating the kids even after they grew up and returned to Canada for their yearly visit with children of their own.
The connection between good dental health and good overall health is nothing new, but well-being is also a key part of staying healthy. Dr. Hansen is hoping to keep the mental health conversation going not just with patients but also fellow dentists and their staff across Ontario through outreach and the creation of a proactive wellness program.
“Mental health is a major societal issue that is starting to get the attention it deserves. We see how stress manifests in our patients’ health in various ways and dentists are no different. As President of the ODA, it’s my goal to help end the stigma and talking about it is a great first step.”
About the Ontario Dental Association
The ODA has been the voluntary professional association for dentists in Ontario since 1867. Today, we represent more than 9,000, or nine in 10, dentists across the province. The ODA is Ontario's primary source of information on oral health and the dental profession. We advocate for accessible and sustainable optimal oral health for all Ontarians by working with health-care professionals, governments, the private sector and the public. For helpful dental care tips, visit www.youroralhealth.ca.
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