Board of Governor, Dr. Deb Crowfoot

Dr. Deb Crowfoot is a part of the bloodline of the renown, and historical peacemaker and warrior Chief Crowfoot (1830 – 25 April 1890) or Isapo-Muxika (Blackfoot Issapóómahksika, “Crow-big-foot”)of the Siksika First Nation [1]. Dr. Crowfoot is the second First Nations Dentist to practice in Canada, and the first within Western Canada. He is one of ten children, whom obtain multiple degrees and many notable accomplishments. The family and him are featured in a formal documentary “The Crowfoot Dynasty” created by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) that is available in public libraries throughout Canada detailing the contributions  and historical legacy of the Crowfoot family in Alberta and across Western Canada.[2]

He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University (BYU), in Provo, Utah; Then finished his doctorate degree from one of the top dental schools at that time in the United States, University of Washington. Upon graduation Dr. Crowfoot realised his goal was to protect and care for the oral health of others and increase a persons happiness by enhancing their self-esteem, self-worth and confidence by creating beautiful smiles for those that may not receive any medical attention at all. He undertook this initiative by relocating to Tuscon, Arizona to further his training then returned to Alberta, Canada and opened a clinic on the Siksika Nation Reserve. IN Support of Dr. Crowfoot, the Siksika health centre constructed a state-of-the-art dental clinic,[3] after building smiles in Siksika, Dr. Crowfoot enhanced the dental clinics of three more clinics in Onion lake, Maskwacis and Saddle lake with a total of 10 Dental Clinics on First Nations Lands, becoming Canada’s largest service provider to First Nations in Canada.

Dr Crowfoots lives the entrepreneurial spirit, at an early age; while attending dental school he started his own business in painting houses to support his family and costs incurred for his education. Then after graduating and success of his clinics While practicing dentistry at the Maskwacis Health Centre, he started a medical device manufacturing company, not only did he stimulate the local economy by creating employment opportunities, he also provided orthotics for those whom suffer from the side effects from diabetes, neglect, and illness that impair healthy feet.

Further to this successful dental career, Dr. Crowfoot is an active businessman, he was one of several investors to bring a professional basketball team the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Energy [4] he is co-funding “Apps for life” a series of free mobile device apps that help the users in understanding their health and well-being, he is the co-chairman of Outgrown My Stuff Dot Com, free online marketplace to buy, sell, trade or giveaway children’s items; and resources, including medical and educational advice from accredited professionals. In his pursuit for educating the future, Dr. Crowfoot sponsors scholarships for non-profit organizations including the Canadian Aboriginal Science & Technology (CAST) and other scholarships that with assist aboriginals in obtain an education within the health industry.

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  1. Jump up^http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/crowfoot/
  2. Jump up^http://search.library.utoronto.ca/details?7079322
  3. Jump up^http://www.siksikahealth.com/professional.html
  4. Jump up^http://www.faceoff.com/hockey/columnists/bios/story.html?id=25de5f09-3d00-4b5b-bada-535250dfa624&add_feed_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.faceoff.com%2Fscripts%2Fcolumns.aspx%3Fpublication%3DEdmonton%2BJournal%26byline%3Ddan%2Bbarnes&p=1