A dentist from Prescott has been named the new Ontario Dental Association President.

Doctor Kim Hansen has taken the role for a year and says he’s really looking forward to the challenges there is in the profession and working with the stakeholders to try and improve dentistry in many areas.

“One of my objectives is to try and improve the government sponsored programs that exist and making them more sustainable and accessible to more of the kids around here and across the province.”

Hansen says he is also looking to move the ball forward for mental health for dentists and their staff in the workplace.

“I think it’s trying to find a program for dentists and staff to make the work environment safer (and) happier. As employers we’re responsible for our employees.”

Hansen was born in Brockville and has been practicing in town since 1985. In 1996 Hansen was the first local dentist who helped kids receive dental care after they were brought over and still affected from the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl.

Hansen says he loves the close-knit community here and it’s a great place to live and work.