Elizabeth Cavin


DipDH; PID; BDScDH, University of British Columbia

Starting her dental career in Mexico, Lise shifted her focus to dental hygiene soon after she moved to Canada. Throughout her 29 years as a Registered Dental Hygienist, Lise has built a reputation for her commitment to excellence in client care and lifelong learning. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene, a Provincial Instructor Diploma, and a Bachelor of Dental Sciences (Dental Hygiene), earning the Joan Voris Award of Achievement and the Hu-Friedy CDHA Nevi Scholarship. As part of her studies at UBC, Lise had a unique opportunity to live and work with students from other health disciplines within an Aboriginal community in BC, and later completed the Indigenous Cultural Competency Training through the Provincial Health Services Authority. She is interested in the integration of cultural safety into oral health care as a way to potentially improve the oral health of Aboriginal peoples. Her literature review on the topic was published in the peer reviewed Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene. As a member of the Discipline Committee and a Quality Assurance Program Assessor with the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia, Lise remains actively involved in her profession. She is also listed as a trainer in the prevention, detection, and intervention of elder abuse with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Lise continues to work part-time in private practice since joining the Dental Hygiene Diploma program at Vancouver Island University in 2011, where her dedication and passion for her profession has encouraged and inspired many of her students.