Every year on June 1, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) welcomes a new President. This year, Dr. Brock Nicolucci joins the ODA as its 150th president.
Dr. Nicolucci comes from a family of dentists. His parents are dentists. His wife is a dentist. His brothers and their wives are dentists. So, if he’s at an event with a lot of dentists, it might be easier to call him Dr. Brock.
One might think that given that dentistry is the family business it would mean Dr. Nicolucci would be drawn to the profession, but he says his line to becoming a dentist wasn’t a straight one. “I wanted to be a pilot,” he said in an interview with Ontario Dentist. Eventually, he settled on dentistry and after graduating from Western University in 2005, he joined the family practice.
As ODA President, Dr. Nicolucci is looking to shine a spotlight on volunteering.
“It’s really important that young members get out into the community and get support.”
“It’s really important that young members get out into the community and get support. Component societies are key in this regard — they are the grassroots of our organization, although their value isn’t always recognized,” he said.
Dr. Nicolucci knows firsthand the importance of volunteering. You don’t become ODA President without some background in volunteering in the profession and the ODA. He has been involved with Western’s dental alumni association, the London & District Dental Society and numerous ODA committees, including the Economic Advisory Committee.
Of the latter, he said, “I ended up enjoying my time on that committee so much that I wanted to do more.”
One of his lifelong mentors, Dr. Jack McLister (Uncle Jack), while serving as ODA President in 2016-2017, encouraged Dr. Nicolucci to run for the board, which he was ultimately elected to in 2018. He speaks incredibly positively about his time with the ODA so far.
“When you surround yourself with the best people in your profession, you cannot help but become a better person yourself…”
“When you surround yourself with the best people in your profession, you cannot help but become a better person yourself; and it has been true at the ODA. Yes, there have been ups and downs, but having great people by my side has made the adventure worth it.”
In his time away from the dental practice and the ODA office, Dr. Nicolucci enjoys gardening and skeet shooting. He has also fulfilled that dream of becoming a pilot.
We are very excited to have Dr. Nicolucci as our President and look forward to seeing what he will accomplish.
Read the full interview with Dr. Brock Nicolucci in the June 2023 issue of Ontario Dentist.