Chairman of the Board – William Cherniak, B.Sc., M.D., MPH, CCFP
William Cherniak is a Family and Emergency physician working in the Greater Toronto Area. He is passionate about sustainable and equitable global health development and is actively involved in research into maternal and child health, global health education and collaborative programming. He is currently the Executive Director and a CoFounder of Bridge to Health Medical and Dental, a Canadian registered charity working in southwestern Uganda and is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He recently completed a Masters in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a concentration in health in crisis and humanitarian assistance.
“In my first year of medical school, my passion for traveling the world took me on an organized trip to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania through a program with the University of Calgary. What started out as a somewhat misguided way to spend a summer turned into a life-long passion. I witnessed extremes of poverty completely contrary to everything I had ever seen in my life, including watching a man operated on while he was wide awake and parents sleeping under their children’s beds in a pediatrics ward. These experiences shaped the way I viewed the world as well as the role I could play in making real change.” – William Cherniak
Eben Stern, M.D.
Eben graduated from the University of Toronto’s medical school in 1985 and has been a general practitioner for past 27 years. Eben runs a large family practice in Scarborough where he enjoys seeing a diverse group of patients and tackling a multitude of medical problems. In 2012, he co-founded Bridge to Health and has since served as the Medical Director. He hopes to help this organization expand to make a real impact on delivering healthcare to those in need. In his spare time, Eben captains a tennis team, and, enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
“There is so much need in a place like Uganda, most people we saw on our outreach mission had no access to health care and no money to pay for tests and medication. Just knowing that we could provide essential health care and medication to an extremely underserviced population was very rewarding. I went into medicine to help people and this was a time when I felt very appreciated by people in tremendous need.” – Eben Stern
Mindy Levine, RDH
Mindy Levine is a mother of 3 boys and has been a dental hygienist for the last 28 years. She was a dental assistant for 2 years prior to going back to school to become a dental hygienist. Over the past 28 years she has been working in a private family practice. About 8 years ago, Mindy decided it was time to get into the education field and started teaching practical dental hygiene at a private college 3 days a week while working in private practice one day a week. She agrees that the variety of practicing hands on and then going into the educational setting to teach the students has worked very well. She has been involved in charity work for several years, working closely with the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC), Chai Lifeline Canada, Save a Child’s Heart just to name a few. She is passionate about giving back and helping where needed. Mindy’s first medical mission was to Ethiopia where her team worked in a poor community outside of Addis Ababa. She, along with her team, treated about 400 patients. This opened up her eyes to the poverty and living conditions of those living in these impoverished communities . The next mission was in 2011, where her team went to Kenya, working out of a dirt floor clinic with a tin roof and walls. “We set up an amazing clinic from the ground up,” Mindy said. “We were responsible for bringing all the supplies that were needed for our dental team. We worked for 9 days on this mission.” Mindy is excited about her work with Bridge to Health. “I love to help others who are in need and do something where I can make a difference,” Mindy said. “Moving forward, I would like to find an area where we can work sustainably and really make a difference.”
I am a Registered Respiratory Therapist graduated in 1997. My area of interest is acute and chronic adult respiratory care, wound care, change management, business development and education. I currently hold a Master’s degree in Education, a certificate in Wound Care (IIWCC), a certificate from Rotman’s School of Business in Advanced Health Leadership Program, and currently completing a Master’s degree in Community Health with the University of Toronto in Wound Care and Prevention.
“Life-long learning” is crucial to ensure “Continuous Quality Improvement” individually and within any organization. It is critical to have an open-mind as it allows us to perceive, recognize and experience all the possibilities that surround us. We are often so engulfed in our day-to-day activities that we forget to experience the simplest of things. We learn from our experiences and we are encouraged to have an open mind in order to perceive things from different lenses and through these lenses, we adapt and achieve different and creative solutions. – Jake Tran
Tina Papacosmas, RDH
Mike Silverman, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P.
Mindy Levine, RDH