About Dr. Woodford
A native of Newfoundland, Dr. Rebecca Woodford was born in Gander and later moved to Mount Pearl, where she graduated from O’Donel High School. Her approach to oral and maxillofacial surgery is inclusive of her experience as a trained surgeon and her experience as a patient. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, she is passionate about her patients: Dr. Woodford is able to provide optimal treatment outcomes and strives to make every patient feel safe, comfortable, and informed through her dedicated focus on patient care. As someone who has personally undergone orthognathic surgery herself, she understands the life-changing transformation that oral and maxillofacial surgery can bring and aims to make a positive difference in each patient that she treats.
After moving out of Newfoundland to pursue her studies, Dr. Woodford is grateful to be back and give back to her home province.
Dr. Woodford always knew she wanted to be a dentist, and left the province to pursue her studies and received a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Dalhousie University, where she received the PEI Dental Association Prize for greatest proficiency and interest in Hospital Dentistry at the convocation. During her first year, she was invited to go into the OR and saw firsthand the positive impact the surgery had on the child and their family. During her time at dental school, she also provided dental surgical care in Tanzania, Africa.
After graduating from dental school, she went on to complete a year as a general practice resident within the teaching hospitals of the University of Western Ontario and London Health Sciences Centre. She received her degrees of Medical Doctor (MD) and Masters in Science (MSc) in Oral Pathology during her intensive six-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training program at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Woodford decided that a Medical Doctorate was necessary because she feels that oral and maxillofacial surgery is a combination of medical, dental, and surgery and wants to feel confident in every area of her practice to provide the best possible outcome for her patients.
After receiving her DDS, Dr. Woodford completed a one-year residency at the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Woodford has presented at various conferences, inclusive, but not exclusive, of the Ontario Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OSOMS), the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CAOMS), and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).
She is a member of the following societies:
- Newfoundland Surgical Society
- Atlantic Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASOMS)
- Canadian Dental Society of Anesthesiology (CDSA)
- Newfoundland Dental Association (NLDA)
- Canadian Dental Association (CDA)
- American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
- Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CAOMS)
- Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
- Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC)
Hobbies and Interests
Now that Dr. Woodford is back in her home province, she enjoys spending time with her family, who are in close proximity. She enjoys staying active through sports and outdoor activities, such as soccer, dancing, swimming, music concerts, and traveling. She hopes to explore more of Newfoundland and Labrador and meet more of its fantastic residents. She is also happy to take suggestions from patients for new adventures.
Additionally, she loves to educate the newest generation of emergency medical residents by teaching and lecturing the next generation of medical students a few times each year.