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We are excited to welcome you to the newly formed CDA Alliance!

The CDA Alliance is run by CDAs for CDAs, and is your opportunity to enjoy a range of member benefits and services, including continuing education, advocacy, support services, and information on employment issues and guidelines.

Welcome to all CDAs on behalf of the CDA Steering Committee, the Staff Team and the BCDHA Board.  We look forward to ongoing collaboration and success!

Welcoming CDAs – Susan Schmitz
Chair of the BCDHA


Meet the steering committee

Marianne Roden

Marianne Roden

Chair - CDA Allliance of the BCDHA

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Marianne has over 40 years’ experience as a Certified Dental Assistant working in both General practice dentistry and in Orthodontics as a treatment coordinator.

As a previous board member of the Central Island CDA Society, Marianne enjoys interacting with other dental professionals and being part of a professional team. She completed the Provincial Instructor Diploma (PID) in 2004 and a M.Ed degree from Simon Fraser University in 2017. Marianne has been teaching at Vancouver Island University since 2004. She is currently Instructor and Chair of the Dental Assistant Program at VIU,  Chair of the BC CDA Articulation Committee and a Board member of Nanaimo’s CODE clinic.

Marianne enjoys spending time with her 3 adult children, her 2 grandsons and her husband. She likes to be outside walking and taking in the beautiful ocean and wilderness that is easily accessible in Nanaimo.

Megan Ballantyne

Megan Ballantyne

Vice-Chair - CDA Alliance of the BCDHA

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Megan has been a Certified Dental Assistant since graduating with excellence in 2008. Passionate about dentistry, she strives to continuously add to her skillset and provide quality care to all her patients.

With her position at the CDA Alliance, she looks forward to empowering to her fellow dental professionals, and working with them to improve not only the profession of Certified Dental Assistants, but the dental industry as a whole. A tall order, but Megan has never backed down from a challenge and is excited to embark on this new chapter!

Harnett Berhe

Harnett Berhe

At-Large - CDA Allliance of the BCDHA

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Originally from Eritrea, Harnet has made Vancouver “home” for over 22 years.  She has been a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) since 2004, and has worked in three private dental practices in the downtown Vancouver area.  Harnet is passionate about her work and enjoys connecting with patients and colleagues.  She has had the pleasure of witnessing patients and families young and old develop life long good oral health practices.

Outside of her work, Harnet enjoys spending time in nature, chasing the sunshine in the summer, watching the waves come and go by the ocean, hiking, camping, and traveling throughout beautiful British Columbia. She is committed to spending quality time with her close friends and family members. She loves exploring indigenous spiritual practices from around the world. Here in Canada, Harnet has had many opportunities to partake in North American Indigenous Ceremonies and has grown a great respect for their earth-based teachings and culture. Harnet continues to learn and study holistic practices to develop a deeper understanding of our human nature, and how we can thrive at the spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical levels.  Harnet Speaks four languages fluently and is currently learning Spanish for fun. 

Harnet became a member of the CDA Alliance to assists this team bring forward the  current issues and challenges the CDA profession is faced with and  to ensure that the profession is adamantly well-represented at all levels of need.  She is excited to assist this team of change makers in the co-creation of a strong foundation for CDAs and she believes that this in turn, will benefit all dental professionals  and the public at large.

Kourtnee Thomas

Kourtnee Thomas

At-Large - CDA Alliance of the BCDHA

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My name is Kourtnee Thomas, I am a Certified Dental Assistant class of 2010. I graduated the program with a certification of excellence and have been loving my experience in the industry ever since.

I did 5 years of assisting in general practice and then I decided to try Treatment Coordinating which led to Office Coordinating.

For the past 5 years, I have been employed by the Blue Ocean Dental Group as an Operations Manager with a focus on Clinical Operations and Practicum Placements.

After spending lengths of time struggling to find CDA’s, I am determined to shine a light as to why. My hope is to be a contributor in this Alliance and to have an opportunity to help others experience the opportunities this industry has to offer.

Shelley Melissa

Shelley Melissa

At-Large - CDA Alliance of the BCDHA

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Shelley Melissa has been a CDA for almost 30 years, working in many aspects of dentistry. 

Shelley has participated on many committees over the years due to her enthusiasm for the profession and feels grateful for the connections made with others in the field.  

She completed her Provincial Instructors Diploma(PID) in 2006 and is currently a full time Instructor at VIU. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with dogs and husband or being in the kitchen trying a new recipe.

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Originally Livestreamed by BCDHA on Tuesday July 5th, 2022

Check out our video and join us for a fascinating discussion of Autism and Oral Health.

Things you’ll learn:

  • Identify common struggles people with autism face in everyday life
  • List strategies for providing oral care services for clients with autism
  • Discuss inclusive language for use with people who live with a disability.


Robbie Messer was born on August 17th, 1999.

He was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. Early intervention, a supportive family, and hard work helped shape Robbie into someone who became successful academically and socially.

In his sophomore year, Robbie coordinated an Autism Day at his high school and created a video to help others understand it better. It was a great success across the school district, and Autism Day was held again in his junior and senior years.

Robbie’s “Autism Quest” carries on to this day. It is his pleasure to be an autism advocate and create awareness by sharing his experience with you.

Thursday June 9. 2022

Do you have questions about the LGBTQIA2S+ community? Here is a safe and welcoming place to come with your questions.

Come listen to Ryan, a member of the LGBTQIA2s+ community as he helps us all to increase our compassion and our health literacy.

Learning Objectives:

• Recognize our unconscious bias and increase our emotional intelligence
• Identify familiar terms used by the LGBTQIA2S+ community
• Develop different strategies for at risk individuals
• Recognize effects in the mouth during Gender Confirmation
• Modify strategies to enhance cultural humility within our office

Ryan D Rutar, RDH, MAM, BS, BA 

Ryan is the President and Co-Founder of Pearly White Prevention, LLC. He consults in dental offices to help empower the dentist/hygiene relationship and coaches hygienists that want to change the way they deliver care. He has a dual role at Morning Glory Dental private practice. He works as a clinical hygienist and streamlines hygiene as the Dental Hygiene Manager. In 2021, He was the honored recipient of the “Hearts to Hands Award.” by Phillips and RDH Magazine. He also developed the first “Rutar Toothbrush Meditation Technique” to combine health of mind and mouth. Ryan empowers dental professionals to create change and how they can contribute to their practice. He is focused on mental health and the LGBTQIA2S+ community. If you would like to learn more, he may be contacted through his website –


Please enjoy the replay of the video webinar on employment law featuring Vancouver-based employment lawyer Lia Moody.

In this wide-ranging 90 minute Q&A Lia addresses many questions directly from BCDHA and CDA Alliance members about workplace safety, contract and salary concerns, mat leave details, and much more.

Lia Moody, B.A., LL.B.

Lia Moody is a Vancouver employment lawyer and Managing Partner of Samfiru Tumarkin LLP’s Vancouver office, focusing on Labour and Employment Law in British Columbia.

* If you are a current BCDHA or CDA Alliance member and require the password, please email us at

Public Health Crisis-Health Threats & How Dental Hygiene Can Support an Equitable, Sustainable & Resilient Recovery from COVID-19
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The Oral Systemic Message: Our Clients have never been more ready, are you?
September 21, 2021

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HPV-Risk Management and Prevention Strategies
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MHx Update Form  (This document may not open on your Smart phone)


PPE is not enough
Protecting you & your patients during and after COVID-19!
February 24, 2021


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May 28, 2020

Vaccine Hesitancy – What does the Dental Hygienist need to know?
November 29, 2019

Employment Supports

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Employee or Self-Employed?
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Request a Ruling from Canada Revenue Agency
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The CDA Alliance is proud to offer practice support to members who may have questions about their practice, or employment.
Check out this video for more information!


Membership Sign-up Incentive! For every 50 members that join, there will be a draw for a $25 gift card and a CDA Alliance name tag. 

Student Awards: For each accredited Dental Assisting school in BC, an annual award will be presented to the student with the highest overall achievement.

BCDHA is proud to offer CDA Alliance members access to a variety of discounted products and services, including uniforms, safety eyewear, loupe shields, lawyer consultations, laser surgery, shopping, attractions, automobile sales, and more.

Click on the logos to view the exclusive deals.   

BCDHA – CDA Alliance membership is activated once fees are paid through the BCDHA when you register or renew your membership. Click here to join!

Other benefits of membership include:

    • Professional Negligence Insurance
    • Practice Support Team – Members can ask questions or voice concerns with trained staff who will help them navigate employment matters.
    • Coffee Chats – Monthly virtual meetings with the Executive Director, the Steering Group, and key staff where CDAs can ask questions, network, and learn current information.
    • Continuing Education opportunities (webinars, study groups, courses).
    • Committees and Policy Table opportunities where specific focus is put on developing resources, or advising government of key issues related to oral health. 
    • A dedicated online presence, which will include CDA-specific information, regular updates, social media links for CDAs, newsletters, and (in the future) a job board and wage surveys.

If you have any questions, contact the BCDHA office at We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.

Introducing Managed Mobile Plans

BCDHA is excited to introduce the SAVE Mobile Plans program, a selection of mobile plans powered by Rogers Communications with substantial savings offered to CDA Alliance members.

Up to 48% savings on mobile plans can be found through this new offering from Rogers. Plans are offered for both BYOD (bring your own device) and new device activation plans. Coming from a non-Rogers mobile provider? Up to $500 in transfer costs may be available to you!

Click Here to See All SAVE Mobile Plans