Calendar of Courses

This winter, please consider one of our amazing “Travel and Learn” opportunities.

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.

February, 2018

Annual Ski Seminar at Whistler, 2018

February 8-10, 2018

Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, BC

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Single Implant Restoration: A Step by Step Approach

Dr. Nariman Amiri

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.

Advances & Controversies in Endo You Should Know


Endo vs. Implants: To Save or Not to Save (Why and How)

Dr. Manor Haas

MANOR HAAS, DDS, CERT ENDO, MSC(D), FRCD(C) is a Certified Specialist in Endodontics who is extensively and passionately involved in continuing education (lectures and workshops) to general dentists and specialists. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and is on Staff at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and the Hospital for Sick Children. He maintains a full time private practice limited to Endodontics and Microsurgery in Toronto. Dr. Haas has lectured internationally on nearly all aspects of modern Endodontics. He has never had any financial or proprietary interest in any endodontic product.

Palm Springs Dental Practice Transition Seminar & Golf Weekend, 2018

February 23-25, 2018

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
Rancho Mirage, California

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Platinum Communication: Learn Five Simple steps to having complete control of your case presentations. Have your patients say "Yes" every time

WILSON J. KWONG, DMD, FACD, VDEC FOUNDER A graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC, Dr. Kwong has been practicing and teaching leading-edge dental techniques world-wide for over 28 years. A lecturer for Nobel Biocare and Ivoclar throughout North America, Dr. Kwong offers insights into Platinum case presentation, esthetic implant restoration, ceramics and bonding procedures. Dr. Kwong is also a recent recipient of a Fellowship with the American College of Dentists. Dr. Kwong's teaching method is practical, interactive and career changing.

A-Z of Building a New Dental Practice, the Do's and Don'ts

DAVOOD MORADI As president and CEO of David Mitchell Co. Davood continues to build a remarkable legacy in the general contracting world. David Mitchell Co. specializes in dental office remodelling and build-out.

You Had Me at Hello!

SANDRA HARVEY joined ExperDent Dental Advisors as VP Western Region. Sandra's extensive experience as a consultant and practice coach has proven to be invaluable to a dental team. Working closely with the principal dentist, Sandra helps to identify their goals and works with the team to achieve their best performance.

The Digitally Integrated Dental Practice

MIKE BROST joined Sinclair Dental in August of 2016 as the first National Director, Digital Dentistry. Prior to joining Sinclair he worked at the Aurum Group as Vice President of Sales, where he specialized managing a national sales organization as strategic initiatives for Aurum that included CAD/CAM systems and implants. Mike has always been a perpetual student of the industry as a whole, with a keen interest in digital solutions, restorative options, and comprehensive dentistry.

Dental Practice Transition Options

HOWARD KUTNER, LLB AND LLM (Masters of Business Law)

March, 2018

UBC Orthodontic Symposium, 2018

March 26-30, 2018

Fairmont Orchid, Big Island, Hawaii
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Clear Aligners: The Evolution of Future Orthodontics


Interdisciplinary Treatment, Orthognathic Surgery and the Role of TADs in Clear Aligner Therapy

Dr. Sandra Tai

Sandra Tai BDS, MS, Cert Ortho, FCDS (BC), FRCD (C), was born in Aldershot, England. She received her graduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA and graduated with a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree in 1990. Dr Sandra Tai is currently a practicing Specialist in Orthodontics in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Sandra Tai has been an Invisalign certified orthodontist since 2000 and is currently an Invisalign Top 1% Provider who has treated over 1,200 cases. She was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthodontics at the University of British Columbia since 1996, teaching in both undergraduate and graduate orthodontic programs. She is also the Coordinator of the Invisalign University Program. Dr. Tai has taught Invisalign at various universities internationally.

Rationale for 3D imaging in Our Practices: how can it improve patient care?

Dr. Lucia Cevidanes

Lucia Cevidanes DDS, MS, PhD has been a faculty in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, since July 2011. She was previously a faculty in the Department of Orthodontics at the UNC School of Dentistry. Dr. Cevidanes completed specialty training in 1994 and received PhD in 2003. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Her research interests include 3D imaging to solve difficult clinical problems in orthodontics, with particular interest in health and disease of the Temporomandibular Joints. She currently studies 3D outcomes of treatment approaches, including treatment for craniofacial anomalies and dentofacial deformities. She has both predoctoral and graduate clinical and didactic teaching responsibilities, serving as course director for six Orthodontic courses. She is the Predoctoral Orthodontic Clinic Director and see sees her own patients in the faculty associates practice. Dr. Cevidanes has published over 100 scientific papers on 3D imaging since 2003. Her work has been recognized by the American Association of Orthodontics Graber Award in 2005, the B F Dewel Award in 2006 for the best clinical papers in the AJODO, the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Wuhermann Award in 2011, and the 2014 American Association of Orthodontics Millo Helman Research Award.

Bruised, Broken and Bedeviled Teeth: Managing the Unexpected Dental Injury (Part 1 and 2)

Dr. Anthony DiAngelis

Anthony DiAngelis DMD, MPH is currently a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and chief emeritus of dentistry at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is a 1969 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and received an MPH from the University of Minnesota in 1976. Throughout his academic career, Dr. DiAngelis maintained a private practice in Minneapolis. He is a frequent guest lecturer both nationally and internationally. In 2006, he and his colleagues had the distinction of having their clinical research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, considered the leading medical journal world-wide, not typically known for publishing dental research. In 2007, the American Academy of Periodontology awarded him and his colleagues with The Clinical Research Award for the outstanding published manuscript of the year with direct clinical relevance and application to the practice of periodontics. In 2013, to mark its 100th anniversary, the Journal of the American Dental Association celebrated this milestone by spotlighting twelve articles that had had a significant impact on dental care and the dental profession over the preceding 100 years.


Mastering Adult Minimal Sedation: Inhalation and Oral Sedation in Dentistry

April 13-15, 2018

This hands-on course offers instruction in all aspects of adult minimal sedation to include nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation and oral sedation, as well as 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 machines. Participants have the option to register for the full three days to certify for combined oral and inhalation adult minimal sedation, for two days (Saturday & Sunday) to complete the mastering nitrous oxide/oxygen permitting course, or for one day (Friday) to complete a mastering adult minimal sedation permit renewal course.

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with Dr. Jason Goodchild, Dr. Mark Donaldson and Dr. Scott Dickinson

Bone Grafting: Ridge Augmentation & Socket Preservation with Bone Grafting for Future Implant Placement

Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15, 2018

This two-day course is designed to teach dentists the procedure of lateral ridge augmentation via guided bone regeneration. Bone healing patterns, grafting materials & membranes, indications & management of complications will be addressed in detail. Atraumatic Extraction and Socket Preservation with bone grafting will also be addressed in detail. This course includes up to two live demo surgeries and hand-on surgeries in simulation (animal mandibles).

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with Dr. Tassos Irinakis & Dr. Ali Sadeghi of the West Coast Institute


Fundamental Principles of Periodontal Instrumentation

Saturday, May 5, 2018

This full day seminar and hands-on clinical simulation session is intended for registered dental hygienists and will focus on improving fundamental principles of non-surgical periodontal instrumentation from knowledge translation to clinical hands-on activities. The session’s activities will enhance your skill set and provide you the confidence to care for the more complex peri¬odontal client. The full day will provide knowledge on innovative instrument designs and solution driven approaches to meet the inevitable challenges of mechanical periodontal instrumentation for powered and non-powered instruments.

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with Penny Hatzimanolakis

Surgical Assisting and Sterile Set Up for Implants and Grafting Procedures

Saturday, May 12, 2018

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.

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with Jody Field, Penny Anderson, Teena Dhensaw

Lectures: May 23-25 (Weds – Fri), 2018

Session A Clinic: May 26-30, 2018 (Sat – Weds)

Session B Clinic: June 9-13, 2018 (Sat – Weds)

2018 Orthodontic Module for Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists

This advanced training program in orthodontics enables Certified Dental Assistants, regulated by The College of Dental Surgeons of B.C., to acquire the designation in expanded duties in Orthodontics. It is also an opportunity for Dental Hygienists, regulated by the College of Dental Hygienists of B.C., to obtain formal advanced education in this area.

The University of British Columbia has been offering the Orthodontic Module since 1979, and the team of instructors is very committed to making this a valuable and successful learning experience. As the clinical portion of this course can be difficult for participants, it is a pre-requisite that those attending have a minimum of ONE year of clinical experience in a dental practice. Participants are also required to have a current active license to practice in British Columbia and should have good vision for close work (or effective corrective lens).

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Wednesday – Friday, May 23-25, 2018

2018 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 23rd – Friday May 25th 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 2018 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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The Complete Clinician: Comprehensive Treatment Planning & Surgical Placement for Implants via Computer Guided Technology

Didactic Session: May 24–27, 2018 or September 20-23, 2018

Clinical Session: October 20–21, 2018 or November 3-4, 2018

This course will run over two sessions for a total of 6 full days of education and training. The didactic session will run twice giving participants the option to choose May 24-27, 2018 or September 20-23, 2018. You will also have the option to choose between two clinical session dates: October 20-21 or November 2-4, 2018. This is an intense hands-on surgical course that will train you one-on-one to diagnose and perform implant surgery on your patient. The course is perfectly tailored to the novice implant dentist and to the surgeons who wish to incorporate computer guided technology into their implant practice! Learn to place implants in a friendly and stress free teaching environment. Our mentors are certified specialists in prosthodontics, periodontics and oral surgery.

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with Drs. Tassos Irinakis, Ali Sadeghi and Kevin Aminzadeh of the West Coast Institute

NDEB Clinic Examination Candidate Orientation

May 31, 2018

The Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia is pleased to offer NDEB candidates a three hour orientation session to familiarize themselves with our Dental Clinic.

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Cast Gold Restoration

June 4-8, 2018

Learn how to produce beautiful long lasting gold restorations. This is an intensive hands-on clinical 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.

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with Dr. Margaret Webb

Fall Courses


Smile Design Excellence 2018, Live Patient Program

September 28 & 29 and October 19 & 20, 2018

How do you design smiles with beauty and functionality in mind? How do you integrate your team into a smile design process to maximize patient comfort & satisfaction?
What are the core principles you need to know before you plan your case? How can you test your designs to guarantee success? Answer these critical questions and more in VDEC’s life-changing 4-day, hands-on smile design course for experienced and aspiring dentists alike! Specially designed to transform your whole team into smile design experts, each registration fee includes one dentist and three dental team members.

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with Dr. Wilson J. Kwong, VDEC

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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.