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Dr. Hardeep Bhatta

Dentist

Hardy, as he is affectionately known by friends, grew up in Ilford (part of Greater London), Essex in England. Hardy attended the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Dental Hospital and School in Scotland, graduating with his BDS in 1995 (this, to some extent, explains his “accent”). After attending an externship in Hong Kong in 1994, he published a paper in The British Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery in 1996 on asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth. As a dentist, he worked in Basildon (Essex), East Ham (London), and Harrow (London). After visiting family in Vancouver in 1988, he fell in love with Canada and became determined to one day work here. This goal was ultimately fulfilled after gaining his DMD at UBC Dental School in 2001. Special interests in Implants, TMD ( Gneuromuscular Dentistry), Sleep Apnea, Complex Restorative, Cosmetics, and Invisalign have kept his Continuing Education program filled with advanced courses.

His treatment goal and philosophy is to provide well educated decisions alongside his patients to improve not only their dental health but overall physical health. By carefully aligning his patient’s needs towards ideal dental health, a unique and rewarding partnership is formed in the common road to dental fitness. He strives to provide a warm, friendly, and inviting atmosphere to all he is honoured to serve. He cares not only about the smile, but more importantly the person behind the smile. He will always have a warm welcoming positive energy and attitude ready and waiting for you. Hardy is the proud father of 3 young children. His wife is an elementary school teacher who works in the Surrey school district. Hardy enjoys technology, reading non-fiction and computers. His spare time currently is focused on his young family. He enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures, historical artefacts, listening to music (especially British 80s!), and loves engaging with people. Once in a while he might bust a move on the dance floor

Cynthia

Office Coordinator/Manager

Cynthia has been in dentistry for several years.  During this time, she has been fortunate to get to know many wonderful patients and to help them in different ways. Cynthia is originally from Hong Kong and completed a hotel management course before moving to Canada.  Being in a multicultural city and knowing how to speak Cantonese and Mandarin is an asset. Apart from work, she enjoys travelling, painting and looking after her two lovely Birman cats:)

Karen

Registered Dental Hygienist

Karen has been a member of this practice for 32 years, joining with Dr Bhatta in 2007. She graduated from UBC in 1981, and was awarded the Gold medal of Dental Hygiene for excellence in both clinical and academic proficiencies.  This is where it all began, real satisfaction and a love of her job. She has lived in the lower mainland for most of her life , and has found pleasure in the many trails and paths that have led her to hike and run . She is married with 3 grown kids. Food and wine are her passion , and that lends itself to travel and reading!! You will always find energy in Karen , with a sincere smile,  a warm word, a quirky laugh , or a gentle song . Many wonderful client relationships have been formed here, and we look forward to many more.

Kira

Certified Dental Assistant & Treatment Coordinator

Kira has joined our team in 2018 and has been  a great and unique addition to our staff. She was born in Russia and came to Canada in 2007 where she met her husband. She speaks Russian fluently and enjoys singing Russian songs like “Katyusha” although she  doesn’t possess an outstanding voice. Kira loves cooking and also tasting her new recipes which reflect in her lunch menu everyday. She is super active outside of her work and if you are often on the trails of Port Moody or Coquitlam  you might see her running or biking. Besides her hobbies Kira is heavily involved in volunteer work with City Care Dental and her Church community. In conclusion, Kira is a bright personality who we are happy to have as a team member  and we always support her in her future endeavors.

Hannah

Registered Dental Hygienist

Hannah is the the most recent addition to the great team.

She has enjoyed being a hygienist for 9 years. Before this, Hannah did certified dental assisting for 8 years. She became interested in the dental field ever since she had braces in the 10th grade!

Hannah has 2 little boys at home that keep her very occupied. They enjoy going to the interior to visit ‘grandma’ and be at the cabin.

Her hobbies, if she gets any spare time, are ice hockey and curling.

Anna

Registered Dental Hygienist

Anna is passionate about people, culture, food, nature, her profession…basically life itself. She enjoys journeying with people and helping in whatever way she can. She has been practicing as a licensed hygienist for six years. Anna is impacting the next generation of dental professionals by being an UBC dental hygiene instructor. She also enjoys being apart of the community by actively volunteering with the refugee crisis, and other outreach activities. Anna is also quite adventurous and enjoys trying foods from all ethnicity and going on trips to learn about different cultures. It would be her pleasure to be able to meet you when you come in next time! You will be sure to be greeted with a warm, gentle and vibrant experience.