Larissa

Larissa

Larissa

Treatment Coordinator

Larissa may be new to her role as a Treatment Coordinator but is no stranger to our practice! Being a graduate student at Brock University, completing her M.Sc. in Applied Health Sciences, she studied how delays in regularly scheduled care because of the COVID-19 clinic closure in March 2020 impacted periodontal health. She was also awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in 2021 for this research project and has also published an article in Oral Health in October 2021 on the relationship between plant-based diets and periodontal disease.

Larissa has also recently been accepted to the PhD program in Health Biosciences at Brock University, and plans to continue her research in the area of periodontal health & wellness and nutrition, with a strong emphasis on knowledge mobilization in this area – “ I am passionate about building a bridge between research and practice, making research as meaningful as it can be by getting the right information to the right people, in the way that works best for them. In turn, I hope that my research will be able to meaningfully contribute to professional practice and directly or indirectly help improve the periodontal health of Canadians.”

Larissa’s extensive and impressive educational background and commitment to periodontal wellness, are just some of the many qualities that make her an exemplary member of our team and are surely just the foundation for the many great achievements that lay ahead for her throughout her career. When Larissa is not in the clinic, or vigorously studying, she can be found hiking local trails with her wonderful pot-cake (rescue dog from St. Lucia), Trouya

Larissa’s Top Five Strengths are:

Strategic, Futuristic, Relator, Learner, Achiever

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Kat

Kat

Kat

Registered Dental Hygienist

As a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2007 Kat brings an abundance of knowledge and expertise to her role with us. Kat is certainly no stranger to the shared passion and commitment of lifelong learning as she is a graduate of an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, from Brock University and the Dental Hygiene program at Niagara College. Prior to the pandemic in 2020, Kat spent 10 years volunteering as a dental hygienist in the“Dentistry from the Heart” program, providing free dental care for the Niagara community. Outside of Kat’s commitment to Dental Hygiene, Periodontal Wellness, and providing the highest quality of care to all of her patients with diligence and compassion, she is a dedicated wife, and mother to her beautiful twin son and daughter. With a zest for life and an adventurous spirit, Kat can be seen trading her scrubs for scuba gear, enjoying hobbies like scuba diving and boating in her time outside of the clinic! At home, Kat enjoys preparing delicious home made traditional European cuisines, reminiscent of her treasured childhood in Europe!

Kat’s Top Five Strengths are:

Input, Learner, Achiever, Maximizer, Individualization

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Abigail

Abigail

Abigail

Treatment Coordinator

Abigail graduated from Trent University in 2021 with a degree in Forensic Science and Biology. Abigail is new to the dental field, but no stranger to the world of science and innovative research, having executed a lab-based research thesis in her final year.

Abigail is a wonderful addition to our administrative team, offering support through applying her diligent work ethic, and positive, empathetic nature to all that she does. She is always ready for a challenge and loves to learn new things! Supporting both our surgical and hygiene team, she is versatile in both her work and personal life, taking up new hobbies like paddle boarding, embroidery and more!

Abigail’s Top Five Strengths are:

Communication, Positivity,
Empathy, Woo, Input

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Peter

Peter

Peter

Periodontist

B.Sc.(McMaster),
D.D.S.(Toronto),
Ph.D. (Periodontics, Toronto),
Periodontal Specialty (Toronto),
F.R.C.D. (Canada),
M.B.A. (Kellogg/Northwestern),
L.L.M. (Toronto),

Dr. Fritz is an intrepid lifelong global learner. He is a certified specialist in periodontics and is in full-time private practice in Fonthill, Ontario where he leads an extraordinary, collaborative, empowered team of clinicians, scientists, and artists who are all working together to innovate the dental specialty of periodontics and to redefine the patient experience using their head, heart, and hands. The focus of his periodontal practice is dental implant therapy, bone and soft tissue reconstruction, and periodontal wellness.

As a futurist and advocate of perpetual change and innovation, Dr. Fritz sets a clear and ambitious path to success for all those around him based on powerful partnerships, scientific rigour, and clinical excellence. He strives for constant improvement guided by the prevailing goal in all elements of his life, “Give me success or its eternal pursuit, and I’ll take the pursuit.”

Prior to the pandemic, Dr. Fritz lectured extensively across the globe and he and his team presented research from their clinic at international meetings almost every quarter. In the past 15 years, Dr. Fritz and his team have benchmarked best practices at more than 40 world-class clinics in 25 countries and have brought the best ideas back to Fonthill.

Given the travel restrictions due to the pandemic, Dr. Fritz decided to use the downtime to go back to school. He is presently pursuing a law degree (University of Toronto) and aspires to be a fully licensed lawyer in the province of Ontario by 2023. He hopes this will give him even better insights as a periodontist.

While Dr. Fritz continues to learn, he also provides others unique opportunities for continued education. He has founded Perio in the Peninsula and the Big Red Canoe Dental Explorers Study Club. Each of these registered continuing education programs for health professionals in the Niagara Region boast speakers of the highest caliber. Similarly, Dr. Fritz has developed and implemented the first Dental Hygiene Periodontal Residency Program in North America.

Dr. Fritz is also an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, Michael DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University and Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Centre for Bone and Muscle Research Brock University where he is engaged in many ongoing research projects as well as graduate student mentorship both in the lab and the clinic.

Dr. Fritz is the Staff Periodontist for the Niagara Health System, President of the Welland District Dental Society, past President of the Ontario Society of Periodontists and past President of the Niagara Peninsula Dental Association.

Dr. Fritz lives by his academic mission which is to “never stop learning because the world around you never stops teaching.”

In 2022, Dr. Fritz is most excited about restarting an international research study investigating Oral Cancer, Betel Nut and Tea in a Bhutanese cohort of monks which began in 2019.

Peter’s Top Five Strengths are:

Learner, Ideation, Competition, Futuristic & Intellection

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Luisa

Luisa

Luisa

Periodontist

D.D.S., M.Sc., F.R.D.C. (C)

Our day-time family wouldn’t be complete without Dr. Luisa Schuldt!

Luisa has been in full-time private practice, limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry since 2000.

She led a high-performing team for 15 years before her interest in widening her scope of surgical skills lead her to return to graduate school and further specialize by completing a Diploma in Periodontics and Master of Science Degree in Craniofacial Science from the University of British Columbia in 2017.  She subsequently completed her Fellowship with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and is a certified specialist in Periodontics.

Dr. Schuldt joined our team in 2019 and her years of experience in prosthodontics and additional training in periodontics forms a valuable addition to our collaborative network in Niagara and brings a unique combination of skills and expanded talents to support our patients.

Our team is on a mission to provide extraordinary care and support for our patients keeping the philosophy Head, Heart, and Hands at the forefront of all of our thoughts and actions.  Luisa personifies this approach with her constant pursuit of excellence and learning, her warm, positive and genuine care for her patients, and the gentle, skillful and memorable patient experiences that are created through this mission statement.

Luisa’s Top Five Strengths are:

Achiever, Responsibility, Analytical,
Futuristic & Learner

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Michele

Michele

Michele

Accounting Manager

Michele (with one L) is our Accounting Manager who began her career as a Dental Assistant in 2005 after graduating from the Level II Dental Assistant program at Niagara College.  She has years of experience in both the health care and hospitality fields, making her the ideal contact to ensure a world-class patient experience with us.

As a life-long learner, Michele is currently pursuing continued education in finance, accounting and human resources. 

Michele’s Top Five Strengths are:

Developer, Individualization, Context, Restorative & Achiever

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Donna

Donna

Donna

Registered Dental Hygienist

Donna joined Dr. Fritz’ team in 2005 after working in general practice for 15 years.  Over the past decade, she has accompanied Dr. Fritz to several National and International conferences where she has been able to increase her knowledge in periodontology and implant maintenance.  

She is actively involved in all of our ongoing research projects and is always thinking up new research questions that need answers.  Currently, she is actively involved in a methodology study involving the use of different instrumentation for scaling and root planing.

Donna presented the results of this study in Brisbane, Australia at the International Symposium for Dental Hygiene Conference in August 2019.  She will be presenting the time-saving and evidence-based importance of ultrasonic instruments in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease to the American Academy of Dental Hygiene at their virtual conference in June 2020.  The ADHA 2020 conference was originally scheduled to take place in New Orleans.

Donna enjoys travelling, meeting new people and making a difference.  Her motto is “if you want to be happy, chose to surround yourself with happy people”.

Donna’s Top Five Strengths are:

Positivity, Connectedness, Discipline, Significance & Activator

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Cathy

Cathy

Cathy

Registered Dental Hygienist

Cathy has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1987 and has a strong commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.  She has been invited to share her scientific research in the fields of periodontal health, nutrition and hygiene internationally. 

She is currently leading a primary research study aimed at elucidating best practices among currently used treatment methods for chronic periodontitis and looks forward to presenting these results around the world.

Cathy’s Top Five Strengths are:

Includer, Woo, Input, Positivity & Achiever

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Colleen

Colleen

Colleen

Registered Dental Hygienist

Colleen joined our hygiene team with over 25 years of experience as a registered dental hygienist in Niagara.  She is no stranger to our group however, having been a member of Dr. Fritz’s Hygiene Study Club since its inception!  Colleen’s growth mindset is what propelled her to join the Master Clinician Program developed by Dr. Fritz for senior hygienists with a yearning for life-long learning. 

She is a self-described perfectionist who associates dental hygiene with cleaning a closet; “Nobody sees it, but I know when it’s perfect!”  Since joining our team, Colleen has set big goals for herself including involvement in our research program and seeing her name on a research paper on day!

She is getting nearer and nearer to this goal as Colleen is the primary hygienist involved in our current Aerosol Study!  Learn more about the work she is doing to measure the number of particles in the air before, during, and after a periodontal maintenance visit in our ‘Ongoing Research’ page.

When she’s out of the office, Colleen spends her time with her two daughters, enjoys yoga and DIY projects with friends, motorcycle trips with her husband, and coaching skating (as a former competitive ice dancer herself).

Colleen’s Top Five Strengths are:

Achiever, Discipline, Responsibility, Learner & Input

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Candice

Candice

Candice

Certified Dental Assistant

Candice is an experienced Certified Level II Dental Assistant.  Since 1996, she has assisted in private practices and at Niagara College as a Clinical Technician.  Candice’s ear to ear grin is contagious.

As one of Dr. Fritz’s surgical assistants, she will ensure that your experience is a happy one and unique to you from start to finish.

When Candice isn’t in the office, she has her hands full as a mom of two all-star athlete boys!

Candice’s Top Five Strengths are:

Empathy, Consistency, Harmony, Developer & Includer

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