Calendar of Courses


Porcelain Veneers: A step by step approach with Dr. Nariman Amiri

Saturday April 22, 2017

Porcelain veneers offer our patients a valid option to improve the colour, shape and alignment of their anterior teeth. However, it is essential for a successful treatment to follow an appropriate case selection and to implement specific clinical protocols. Clinicians need to master how to properly treatment plan and execute tooth preparation, impression, temporization and cementation to achieve expected outcomes.
The focus of this hands-on program is to provide general dentists with key factors in achieving predictable esthetic outcomes with porcelain veneers. In the didactic section of this full day course, a comprehensive review of prosthodontic treatment planning as well as indications and contraindications for porcelain veneers will be provided. A systematic approach to tooth preparation, impression, temporization and cementation will be discussed. The hands-on component will be focused on reparation, impression and temporization of typodonts on the maxillary anterior teeth

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Nariman Amiri, DMD, MHI, Certificate in Prosthodontics, FRCD(C), is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in dentistry and is a board certified specialist in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa. Dr. Amiri is in full time private practice in his state of the art clinic in Vancouver, dedicated to Prosthodontics and Implant dentistry and as part time clinical professor for graduate and undergraduate clinics in the Department of Prosthodontics at UBC. Dr. Amiri is the organizer and principal mentor for two study clubs (Boundary Prosthetic and Treatment Options in Prosthodontics) and lectures extensively in meetings and societies including UBC Continuing Education.

Inhalation and Oral Sedation in Dentistry: Mastering Adult Minimal Sedation with Drs. Jason Goodchild, Mark Donaldson and Scott C. Dickinson,

Friday—Sunday, April 28-30, 2017

This two part, three day hands-on course offers instruction in all aspects of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation, including effective methods in dealing with anxiety control in general practice. Participants will learn various techniques and will have the opportunity to try several types of systems.
Part 1 (Friday and Saturday) is designed to achieve certification in nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation and Part 2 (Sunday) is designed for those who have successfully completed Part 1 or have previously completed a certification course in nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation (documentation required) or have completed an undergraduate program, and focuses on minimal oral sedation.

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Jason Goodchild, DMD, is a graduate of Dickson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his dental training at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, where he maintains a faculty position as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine. Dr. Goodchild is also Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral Diagnosis, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, New Jersey Dental School, and has a practice in Havertown, Pennsylvania. He has published numerous articles and spoken to many State Dental Boards on the topic of enteral sedation dentistry. Dr. Goodchild has been an invited speaker for the Academy of General Dentistry and American Association for Dental Examiners. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association, General Dentistry, and Quintessence International, and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health.

Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PHARMD, FASHP, FACH, Mark Donaldson received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia, and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He has further completed a residency at Canada’s largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Director of Clinical Pharmacy Performance Services for Vizient, living in Whitefish, Montana. Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last eighteen years focusing on dental pharmacology and the art of dental therapeutics, and has become a leader in this field of study. Dr. Donaldson has a number of published works in the peer-reviewed literature and spent three years in Japan centering on cross-cultural communication and internationalization. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association, and is board certified in healthcare management

Scott C. Dickinson, DMD, received his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. After graduation he completed an AEGD while serving in the U.S. Army. During this time Dr. Dickinson received training on and regularly used nitrous oxide and oxygen, oral, and intravenous sedation techniques. During his service in the Army he performed the duties of both a flight surgeon and a general practicing dentist. After leaving the Military he entered private practice where he served as the Vice President of Clinical Support for Aspen Dental Management. In this role he was responsible for the training, new dentist orientation, and continuing education needs of both the company and the over 700 doctors it associates with. He now maintains an active general dental practice in Pensacola Florida where he regularly uses sedation techniques to more comfortably treat his patients.

Clinical Skills Enrichment Course for Foreign Trained Dentists with Dr. Goli Khorsandian

April 29 - May 6, 2017

This course provides Foreign Trained Dentists both didactic and hands-on modules. Participants in this seven-day course are provided with exact manikins and typodonts to practice their clinical skills in an exact clinical setting to the NDEB Clinical Skills component of the NDEB Equivalency Process.

"This is an excellent learning experience, this course combines theory and practical sources. Answers a lot of "what if" questions. Thanks to Dr. khorsandian and Staff."
Dr. Vamsi Boddeda

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Goli Khorsandian, BA, MA, DMD
Jeff Coil, DMD, MSD, PhD, FRCD(C)
Ross Bryant, BSc, DDS, MSc, Dip Pros, PhD, FRCD(C)
Neala Welburn, CDA, Instructor Dip., Adult Education Dip., Med


Surgical Assisting and Sterile Set Up for Implants and Grafting Procedures with Ms. Jody Field, Ms. Penny Anderson, Ms. Teena Dhensaw

Saturday, May 13, 2017

This course will prepare surgical assistants to become more effective, knowledgeable, and confident members of the surgical team. Implant and grafting success, is dependent on the skills and knowledge of the all team members.
During this program you will learn the importance of a sterile surgical field, become comfortable with instruments, motors, and surgical procedures. There will be a hands-on portion, where you will be required to scrub, put on sterile gloves and gowns, set up a surgical, operatory and learn the surgical preparation of a patient.

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Jody Field, CDA
has been working in the dental industry for over 25 years. Jody has had the good fortune to work in many specialties including Periodontic, Endodontic, Prosthodontics and Orthodontics. For the past 15 years she has been a product support specialist for Septodont Pharmaceutical, BioHorizons, and Hansamed Dental Pharmaceutical/p>

Penny Anderson, CDA
has been a CDA since 1971. Penny was on the BCDAA council that was instrumental in establishing the CDA program in BC. In 1985 Penny attended the Carl Misch course on Sterile Technique for Implant Dentistry. Since then she has been using her skills in office and to teach sterile techniques in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton. Ten years ago Penny attended Dr. Astley Smith’s course on HCPRP. This protocol is used on a regular basis in office. She has taught this technique in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, and Edmonton. Penny encourages dental assistants everywhere to use these techniques in office to ensure healthy surgical procedures for patients

Teena Dhenshaw, CDA
began her career in Dentistry in 1997. She worked for a GP for ten years, then moved to assisting a periodontist in 2012, where she learned Sterile Surgical Set Up and how to assist surgery. She has assisted many procedures, including Extractions, Implant placement, Implant Explant, Guided Bone Regeneration, Sinus Lifts and Augmentation, Ridge Splits, Soft Tissue Grafting, Biopsies, taking CT Scans, and processing PRF/PRP. Ms. Dhensaw also has assisted Dr. Anderson with his study clubs and taught CDAs how to set-up and care for their instruments and equipment.

Wednesday – Friday, May 24-26, 2017

2017 Orthodontic Module UPDATE for Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists with Dr. Paul Witt

Like all professions, orthodontic practices and procedures have changed and evolved over the years. Depending upon your experiences in practice since you participated in an Orthodontic Module, your understanding of orthodontic techniques and procedures may not be current. This program will provide you with an up-to-date knowledge base.

The Update is open to CDAs and RDHs who have already completed an accredited Orthodontic Module. You can take this course regardless of whether or not you are currently licensed to practice, or employed. This course is not applicable to participants who are required by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC to be recertified in Orthodontics.

The program will run Wednesday May 24th – Friday May 26th inclusive from 8:30am – 5:30pm. Participants in the Module Update will attend the same lecture sessions as the participants in the UBC Orthodontic Module 2017 Licensing Program, but will not attend the clinical component of the Program. As such, there is no examination or clinical evaluation for participants in the Module Update.

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Paul A. Witt, DDS, Dip Ortho, FRCD(C), graduated in Dentistry from the University of Toronto in 1974 and received a Diploma in Orthodontics in 1979, also from the University of Toronto. Dr. Witt has been teaching orthodontics since 1981 and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Graduate Orthodontics Program in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia.


Cast Gold Restoration with Dr. Margaret Webb

Monday - Friday, June 5-9, 2017

This is an intensive hands-on course held at the Faculty of Dentistry at The University of British Columbia on cast gold procedures using techniques developed by Dr. R.V. Tucker. Each day begins with a lecture before proceeding to the hands-on clinical day. In addition to working on individual patient cases, participants will gain a more in-depth understanding of laboratory procedures.

Patients and assistants, and supplies can be provided upon request. Contact Dr. Margaret Webb at

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Margaret A. Webb, DMD, graduated from The University of British Columbia (UBC) and has a private practice in general dentistry in Vancouver, B.C. She is actively involved in the Academy of R.V. Tucker Study Clubs as well as The American Academy of Gold Foil Operators and has been a member of both for many years. She is the cooriginator of the cast gold course for 3rd year dental students at UBC and has taught this one week clinical course through Continuing Education at UBC on an annual basis for 7 years. Dr. Webb received the Clinician of the Year from the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators in November 2008. Dr. Webb is also a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. She mentors study clubs in Montreal, Quebec and Victoria, BC.


Certificate in Dental Practice Management, Building a Business Worth Smiling About with Dr. Jim Armstrong, Dr. Anthony Boardman, Dr. Mahesh Nagarajan, Dr. Tim Silk, Mr. Scott Sinclair, Dr. Daniel Skarlicki

Friday - Sunday
Sept 29- Oct 1 , 2017, Nov 3-5, 2017, Dec 1-3, 2017

As in all successful organizations, the efficient management of systems, costs and revenues is critical to success. For dental professionals, understanding how to manage these factors and improve customer retention through quality of care are key to developing a sustainable, patient-centric practice.

Designed and delivered by UBC Sauder professors and successful dental practitioners, and based on industry best practices and key measurements, the concepts and skills presented in this certificate program will help you work more effectively with your staff, streamline your systems and make smart decisions for the future.

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Smile Design Excellence 2017
Live Patient Program with Dr. Wilson Kwong

Friday & Saturday, Sept 29 & 30, 2017
Friday & Saturday, October 27 & 28, 2017

Develop your eye for esthetic excellence along with all the diagnostic fundamentals, techniques and core principles you will need to achieve full and effective case acceptance. Join VDEC for some serious fun! Discover how to help your patients realize their lifelong dream of having a beautiful, healthy smile without any pain or physiologic compromise.

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Soft Tissue Grafting for the General Practitioner
Two day Hands-On course with Two Live demo surgeries


This course introduces the participants to various aspects of soft tissue grafting and periodontal plastic surgery. Topics covered will include autogenous connective tissue grafts (CTGs), autogenous free gingival grafts (FGGs), utilizing allograft materials from the market, pedicle flaps, etc. There will be two live demo surgeries by the Course Mentors on their patients along with the opportunity to practice various grafting techniques on animal mandibles.

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Dr. Tassos Irinakis, DDS, MSc, Dip.Perio, FRCD(C), received his Specialty diploma and Master's degree at The University of British Columbia. Dr. Irinakis is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. He served as the Director of the Graduate Periodontics & Implant Surgery program for nearly a decade. Dr. Irinakis is a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology and Oral Surgery journals and serves as a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Implant & Advanced Clinical Dentistry and the Journal of Clinical and Practical Implantology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a member of numerous professional organizations. He has conducted clinical research on Implants & Sinus Bone Grafting and has authored several scientific articles on these topics. He lectures nationally and internationally with focus on Advanced Bone Grafting and Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant Dentistry. He holds private practices in Vancouver and Courtenay, BC.

Farzan Ghannad, DDS, MSc, Dip.Perio, FRCD(C) is a certified specialist in Periodontics and received his Specialty Diploma and Masters degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his dental degree in Heidelberg, Germany and has conducted research and published in the field of Implant Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Ghannad is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC and lectures nationally on all aspects of periodontal therapy, including soft tissue grafting, regeneration and implant dentistry. He practices in Vancouver, North Vancouver, BC as well as Saskatoon, SK.

January, 2018

Adventure & Learn Maui, Hawaii 2018

January 29 - February 2, 2018

Maui, Hawaii, Fairmont Kea Lani
Join us for this exciting, unique learning opportunity... not to be missed!

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Digital Dentistry – What You Need To Know About the What, How and Why

Dr. Jonathan A. Ng

Dr. Jonathan A. Ng, BMedSc, DDS, MSc, Dip. Pros., FRCD(C) is a Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Alberta and his Prosthodontic specialty at the University of British Columbia. His private practice is in Vancouver, Canada where Dr. Ng specializes in complex prosthodontic care and rehabilitation, which includes the surgical placement of implants, implant prostheses, as well as fixed and removable prostheses. Dr. Ng is also on staff as a Prosthodontist at the BC Cancer Agency treating medically complex patients. Dr. Ng works closely with the emerging technology and has written a thesis and published numerous articles on the topic of digital dentistry. As such, Dr. Ng offers a perspective of the current technology that is up-to-date and evidence based.

Aesthetics & Function of Ceramic Restorations

Dr. Chris Wyatt

Chris Wyatt, BSc, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C), Dip Pros, is a Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics and a Professor and Head of the Division of Prosthodontics and Dental Geriatrics at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. He has published numerous papers in the field of prosthodontics, implant dentistry, dental caries, and geriatrics. In 1998, Dr. Wyatt was the recipient of the Killam Teaching Award and is the 2009 recipient of the W.W. Wood Award for "Excellence in Dental Education." Dr. Wyatt is past President of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada and the BC Society of Prosthodontists, and is an active member of the Canadian Dental Association, British Columbia Dental Association, and the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. In addition to lecturing and providing continuing education courses on Prosthodontics within and outside of Canada, he enjoys treating patients with prosthodontic concerns in his private practice.

Endodontics: Contemporary Root Canal Instrumentation and Obturation

Dr. Jeffrey Coil

Jeffrey M. Coil, DMD, MSD., PhD., FRCD(C), FADI, FACD, is a Certified Specialist in Endodontics, and is the Director of Graduate Endodontics, at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. He received his undergraduate, dental and doctorate degrees from UBC, and his Graduate Endodontic training at the University of Washington. He is an editorial consultant for the CDA Journal and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Journal of Endodontics. He is past president of the Canadian Academy of Endodontics, and mentors the Northwest Endodontic Study Club and Seminar.


Continuing Dental Education at The University of British Columbia reserves the right to cancel courses if deemed necessary by low enrolment, instructor cancellation or other unforeseen issues. In case of course cancellation a full refund will be issued.