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The Healers Café

187 EpisodesProduced by Manon Bolliger (facilitator and retired naturopath with 30+ years of practiWebsite

Hi, it's Manon Bolliger (facilitator and retired naturopath with 30+ years of practice) and I want to welcome you to the Healers Cafe.I am so excited to be doing this series of interviews and what I'll be doing is, is asking all kinds of healthcare practitioners, doctors, healers of all types, to re… read more


The Artistry of Dentistry on The Healers Café with Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND & guest Dr Ivano Ongaro

Dr  Ivano Ongaro (06:41): ..... Like my father had only grade five education. My mother not at all, so they weren't able to help me. So I've always been interested and curious, curious in the sciences. I loved science. I think I had I mean since I was about 12 or 13 years old, I've always had a microscope, right. So I love looking at things under the microscope and I loved science, but it wasn't till grade eight where there was an academic shift and I think it was a probably confidence building. I know my handwriting was notorious and it was it was Mrs. Kennedy who, who insisted that I improve my handwriting. But I was originally left handed and I was forced to be right handed. So cursive writing never, worked for me. And so she had me go back to printing and that made a big difference because now I can actually read what I wrote.

Dr  Ivano Ongaro (32:40): I know there were classmates of mine that would be out fishing every weekend while I was studying, but that's, you know, they were obviously brighter than I was cause I had to, I had to do the work to get through. And, art. I've always been, I've always had that little spark of passion for art and, and slow, keep chipping away at it, keep, keep at it. You know, and someday you'll be surprised. I was surprised with my first bust, how lifelike it was.

Dr  Ivano Ongora (35:55):  But you know, I've always believed that your award in life is proportional to the people you serve. ....... I've written a book that's entitled cavities no more. I think I mentioned it on the, on the cruise. And I want to set up a foundation, a nonprofit foundation to, to educate parents of children who are who are underprivileged and, and make this information available to them. So that's, that's sort of, my last sort of big goal.

About Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND:

Dr. Manon is a Naturopathic Doctor, the Founder of Bowen College, an International Speaker with an upcoming TEDx talk in May 2020, and the author of the Amazon best-selling book "What Patient's Don't Say if Doctors Don't Ask." Watch for her next book, due out in 2020.


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About Ivano Ongaro, B.Sc., D.D.S., M.SC.

My journey as a healer began in the fall of 1962. On my walk to school one fall morning, I had picked some ripe raspberries that were growing along the fence of one of several houses along the way. It happened that one of the larger seeds of one of the raspberries got stuck in the cavity that was developing in my upper left molar. I knew the hole was there because when I chewed gum I could get an imprint of the hole, and occasionally the tooth would ache if I ate candies and therefore avoided them.  Although it was not painful the seed was very annoying and my tongue it played with it incessantly. I resolved to remove the stuck seed with a paperclip I found in my desk. I straightened one end of the paperclip and proceeded to pry out the offending seed. Things did not go as I planned. Instead the seed popping out I succeeded in driving it into the cavity with surprisingly unpleasant results.  The pain was intense and throbbing, not as bad as when I’d been stung by a wasp under the fingernail, maybe it was the proximity to the brain made it more worrisome. It was my first serious tooth ache, and a sleepless night for me and my mother. Fortunately the next morning we got an appointment, my first, to see the dentist Dr. Wally Meyer. It was a magical experience. Within minutes of what ever it was he did in my mouth caused the pain to vanish. I remember every detail of that visit, smells, the weird machine with belts and pulleys, the grinding noises, the dust flying out of my mouth, the sensation of my face seeming to slide off my skull and the squeaking noises packing and carving of the filling. I remember thinking “I could do this.” Most of my academic life was struggling with learning challenges and did not believe I had the intellectual resources necessary to become a Dentist. It was not until my high school biology teacher, Mr. Risuto, convinced me that had the capacity to achieve if I continued to be disciplined in my studies. The rest was doing the work to the best of my abilities.

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