Chris Garside was born in 1943 in Yorkshire England. His father had a big beef and pork butcher’s retail business in their home town. This was in the “heavy woolen district” which was then a thriving centre of the textile industry in England. He grew up there and was educated at Oatlands School, Knaresborough Yorks, and then Rossall School Fleetwood, situated on the Lancashire coast. In 1962 he obtained a place in the faculty of dentistry at the University of St. Andrews Scotland, where he qualified in 1967.
He first held a junior 6 month position at the Leeds Dental Hospital, (at the then standard salary of 19 pounds per week!) before working as an associate in a practice owned by a prominent Norwegian dentist in his home town of Mirfield.
In 1968 he decided to move to Canada (having visited North America in the summer of ’63 as a student, employed as a car jockey, window washer, ranch hand on the Douglas Lake Ranch in B.C, hitch-hiker and freight train rider). He got his first job as a dentist in Trenton Ontario in 1969 and then in Ottawa associating for the late Dr. Elmer MacPhee on Baseline Rd. and part-time at the clinic which existed in the old tech high school.
1970 was a big year because he married Karla, and, since she did not want to live in England, Chris decided to stay in Canada and that year opened his own practice in the Britannia plaza (coincidence) in West Ottawa. At that time there were relatively few dental practices outside the downtown core of professional buildings. Being situated next door to a group of physicians helped the practice grow. Karla was very involved in the running of the reception and administrative aspects in those years.
In the early 1970’s Chris joined 18 other dentists in Ottawa to found the Bytown Dental Study Club. This group, whose main purpose was to foster and promote the art and science of dentistry remains to this day a small select group of practitioners that enjoys national recognition. Around that time the dental department at CHEO was just getting formed and Chris was one of the early staff members, who at the time were mostly GP’s.
In October 1983, he moved the practice into the then new Bleeker Mall where he practiced full time until October 2010 when Dr. Archibald became principal. He now practices part time with his assistant Jennifer.
Chris and Karla have three adult sons of whom they are very proud. There are wives, fiancé’s, girlfriends and two fantastic little grandsons. They all live in and around Toronto so we use a lot of gas!
Chris and Karla golf together and do a bit of cycling not so much gardening! He likes to occasionally sail in other people’s boats and fly other people’s small aircraft. He has liked photography since he was a teenager in the old B&W “develop and print” your own days. He’s also going to refresh his skill on that old Stratocaster he has.