50 Years Combined Clinical Experience
Dr Natalie Archer DDS
co founder, SAFE Dentistry
Natalie Archer is the owner and operator of three successful dental practices in Toronto under the umbrella of Archer Dental. She is passionate about constant improvement of patient care. Under her leadership and thanks also to her excellent staff and team Archer Dental has won numerous patient appreciation awards, in large part due to service excellence. Protecting patients is paramount to Dr. Archer and this led her to co-found the D.E.A.R. (Dental Elder Abuse Response) program which led to ground breaking research of the shocking problem of denial of essential dental treatment from our older citizens. The program also delivered tools for identifying at risk patients and improving dental care of older adults. Natalie is a past Council Member and Vice President of the RCDSO where she worked tirelessly to lay the groundwork for positive change. Natalie is also a technology entrepreneur and investor, being both a cofounder of a dental AI company and angel investor in a supply chain AI company.
Dr. Archer is excited to devote her energies and resources to SAFE Dentistry and to work with Joan Hutchings, to solve an enormous problem in the dental field which is compliance with infection control professional standards and best practices, in a manner that protects patients but also provides compliance efficiency to dentists so that they can continue to operate successful dental practices.
Joan Hutchings, RN, CPN, BA, MSc, MPA
co founder, SAFE Dentistry
Joan Hutchings in collaboration with Dr. Archer is the designer of the SAFE program. Joan is the lead clinical consultant for SAFE and is primarily responsible for conducting and monitoring all audits. Ms. Hutchings has 35 years of experience in the health care environment and has provided consulting services and audits to more than 50 hospital surgery programs and outpatient clinic settings. She is an expert in clinical service delivery and process engineering. She is a specialist in surgery technique and management, education and infection control. Her unique academic profile and clinical experience as a registered nurse, epidemiologist and health policy researcher offers dentists and their staff expertise in the delivery of quality, safe services by minimizing the risk of transmission of infection and disease. Ms. Hutchings has specific knowledge and extensive experience in surgery programs as well as other health care settings which include: cleaning, reprocessing, and sterilization of medical equipment and devices; environmental cleaning, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, staff education and training. She is familiar with and has access to resource materials published by experts in the field of infection prevention and control such as Canadian Safety Association, American National Standards Institute, Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada, PIDAC and IPAC (government publications and guidelines) and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO).