Debbie DesRivières began her teaching career in the Dental Hygiene Department of John Abbott College in the fall of 1998. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from McGill University in 1987 and received a DEC in Dental Hygiene from John Abbott College in 1991.The following year she completed the Residency Program at the Jewish General Hospital. She has 18 years of experience as a dental hygienist having worked in a private dental clinic. Debbie developed the 'Advanced Periodontology' course which she has taught for the past 11 years. In addition to being a clinical instructor she also teaches Health and Safety and Periodontal Instrumentation. Debbie is currently enrolled in the Master’s Teachers Program offered through the University of Sherbrooke and in August 2014 received a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching.