The Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry represents the specialty of pediatric dentistry in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon Territory.
Mr. Rogers famously said, “Always look for the helpers. There will always be helpers.” To know Dr. Brianne “Bri” Butler, is to know that she truly embodies the spirit of what it means to be a helper.
From her youngest years, she sought to adopt a profession where she could use her hands, but, more importantly, connect with people. “My father was a woodshop teacher, and so many of the principles and science in woodworking I found also in dentistry. I chose pediatric dentistry because I wanted the focus of my career to be on prevention and education.”
I am delighted to be writing my first message to the membership as WSPD President. I am the second Canadian President for the WSPD, following in the footsteps of my friend and colleague, Sarah Hulland, who was President 2017 – 2019. I live and practice on Vancouver Island – just across the water from our Immediate Past President, Bri Butler, who has been an invaluable resource for me as I moved onto the Executive Committee of WSPD. I have been involved with WSPD previously as the British Columbia representative starting in 2007, when with the encouragement of Dr. Jonathan Lee, British Columbia joined the WSPD as an affiliate society. I stepped down from that role in 2017, when Dr. Geoff Grant, took over as our WSPD rep.