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Vancouver & District Dental Society

Vancouver & District Dental Society

Who We Are

Non profit society serving the dental community in the lower mainland area of British Columbia. Offers high quality CE and social and travel opportunities.

Study Groups

The following Study Clubs are listed here by VDDS as a courtesy only. While we strive to maintain as current a list as possible, please contact the mentor of the club in which you are interested for status of acceptance of new members.


C.D.E. Endodontics Unsponsored
Contact: Mark Oleson

City Centre Endodontics
Mentors: Dr. S. Sinanan / Dr. Shahin Jessa

Fairview Endodontic Study Club
Mentor: Dr. F. Weinstein

Greater Vancouver Endo Systems Extension Group
Contact: Dr. Susan Leung

Northwest Endodontic Study Club
Mentor: Dr. Jeff Coil

Vancouver Endodontic Seminar
Contact: Dr. Brian Henry


Botox & Facial Rejuvenation
Mentors: Dr. Janet Roberts; Dr. Warrren Roberts

Foundations of Esthetic Dentistry
Mentor: Dr. Janet Roberts

Occlusion and Esthetics
Occlusal Appliances and Articulation
Mentor: Dr. John Nasedkin

PTIFA – Pacific Training Institute For Facial Aesthetics
Mentor: Dr. Warren Roberts; Dr. Janet Roberts

TEST – The Esthetic Study Team
Mentor: Dr. John Nasedkin with Dr. Edward Lowe


BC Pediatric Dentistry Study Club
Contact: Dr. Phoebe Tsang

Empowerment Series Programs for Dentists (ESP)
1. ESP for Career & Practice Management
2. ESP for Dentists Planning to Buy or Start a Practice
3. ESP for Dentists Planning for Retirement
Offered by My Practice Matters, a division of Nadean Burkett & Associates

GPP Study Club
Contact: Dr. Stephanie Wong

Greater Vancouver Study Club
Contact: Dr. Brian Bengtson

Innovative Dental Studies
Contact: Dr. Houman Houchmand

Kaizen II Study Club
Contact: Dr. Arvinder Sooch

Mastermind 2020 Study Club
Contact: Dr. Steven Hill

North Shore Dental Seminar Study Club
Contact: Dr. Brooke Mitchell

Pacific Esthetic Restorative Continuum
Contact: Dr. Kleeberer

Vancouver Laser Group
Contact: Dr. Paul Newitt


Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Treatment & Education in Dentistry (C.I.T.E.D.)
Mentors: (Certified Specialists):
Dr. Anthony McCullagh (Prostho)
Dr. Charity Siu (Ortho)
Dr. Richard Chau (OMFS)

The Ensemble Study Club (Richmond, BC)
Director and Contact: Dr. Leslie Wang (Endo)
Advisory Board:
Dr. Scott Yamaoka (Perio); Dr. Matthew Illes (Prostho)
Dr. Michelle Couto (Ortho); Dr. Raymon Grewal (Oral Surgeon)
Dr. Derek Clease (GP); Mr. Saad Shemdin (VDSL)


CMDS (Christian Medical Dental Society)- Group C – Advanced
Orthodontic Study Club
Mentor: Dr. Tim Tam

CMDS Orthodontic Study Club – Group D – Advanced
Mentor: Dr. Tim Tam

CMDS Orthodontic Study Club – Group E – Intermediate
Mentor: Dr. Tim Tam

Coquitlam Orthodontic 1995 Study Club
Contact: Dr. Linda Taylor

D. C. Orthodontic Seminar Study Club
Contact: Dr. Dorothy Yung

East Van Orthodontic Study Group
Contact: Dr. Walter Woo

Esthetic Orthodontics III
Contact: Dr. Diana Germain

International Orthodontic Seminars Study Club
Contact: Dr. Ron Thompson

Okanagan Orthodontic Seminar Study Club
Contact: Dr. Bernard Lim

Contact: Dr. Edmund Liem

Orthodontic Ties Seminars Study Club
Contact: Dr. Bryan Hicks

Ortho Gen X Seminar Study Club
Contact: Dr. Jay Nagamatsu

Ortho Study Club #3
Contact: Dr. Susan Chow

Ortho Pac/93
Contact: Dr. Linda Taylor

Pacific Ortho Seminars Study Club
Contact: Dr. Paul Tsang

Pacific West Ortho
Contact: Ms. Rhonda McRae

Perio Implant Studies & Continuous Education
Seminars (PISCES)
Contact: Ms. June Kulba

Vancouver Functional Study Club
Contact: Dr. Debra Semeniuk

Vancouver Orthodontic (Invisalign) Study Club
Contact: Dr. Shaireen Lalani

Vancouver Orthodontic Study Club
Contact: Dr. Simon Jacobson

West Coast Orthodontic Study Club
Contact: Dr. Robert Love

Wire Works (formerly 2002 Orthogroup)
Contact: Dr. Young T. Kuah


BITE Implant Study Club
Contact: Ms. Tracey Ahn

Canadian Dental Implant Training Centre
Contact: Dr. William Liang

Fraser Valley Implant Study Group
Contact: Dr. Dianna Follack

Implant Prosthetic Study Club
Contact: Dr. Frederick Li

Integrated Implant Study Club
Contact: Ms. Sabina Reitzik

North Shore Implant Seminars Study Club
Contact: Mr. Victor Marques

Oral Implantology Study Club’s I, II, III & IV
Contact: Dr. Fredrick Li

Oral Implantology Prosthetic/Surgical Seminars Study Club
Contact: Dr. Anthony Wong

Pacific Implant Institute – Levels 1 and 2
Click below for information re
5-month Mini-Residency Study Clubs
Contact: Dr. Ron Zokol or Dr. Bobby Birdi

Prosper Study Club
Contact: Dr. Gabriela Lipka

Renaissance Dental and Implant Institute
Contact: Dr. Dwayne Karateew or go to www.rdiinstitute.com

TriCity Implant Perio Seminars (TIPS)
Contact: Dr. Nazanin Narani

Vancouver Institute of Osseointegration *
Contact: Ms. Yazmin Banzen

Vancouver Oral Implantology Surgical Study Club
Contact: Dr. Lyle Pidzarko


Boundary Prosthetic Study Club
Contact: Dr. Bruce Smith

Cosmos Periodontal / Prosthetic Seminar Study Club
Contact: Dr. Alex Lieblich

David Tai Study Club I
Contact: Dr. David Tai

David Tai Study Club II
Contact: Dr. Eric Harris

Dr. Lance Hazelton Prosthetic Study Club
Contact: Dr. Dana Herberts

Pacific Implant Institute Study Clubs *
Fundamentals in Implant Prosthodontics
Advanced Studies: Implant-based Reconstruction
Mentor: Dr. Ron J. Zokol

Renaissance Dental and Implant Institute
Contact: Dr. Dwayne Karateew or go to www.rdiinstitute.com

Vancouver & District Crown & Bridge Study Club
Mentor: Dr. R. V. Tucker
Contact: Dr. Bert Smulder

Vancouver Gold & Porcelain Study Club
Contact: Dr. Michele Nielsen

Vancouver Prosthodontic Seminar Study Club
Contact: Dr. Giuseppe Rea

X-treme Vancouver Periodontal / Prosthetic Study Club
Contact: Dr. Charmaine Fong


Adventures in Restorative Dentistry Study Club
Contact: Dr. John Carpendale

BC Comprehensive Dental Treatment Study Club
Contact: Dr. Kenneth Lee

BC CRE 2 Fraser Valley Study Club
Contact: Dr. Maria Tugbang

Contact: Dr. Mike Racich

Fraser Valley Cast Gold Study Club
Contact: Dr. Chris Barlow

Spectrum Study Club
Contact: Dr. Maurice Wong

Tucker Gold Study Club #50
Contact: Dr. Gavin Forsyth

Vancouver Dental Education Centre Study Group
Contact: Dr. Wilson Kwong

Vancouver Society of Restorative Dentistry
Contact: Dr. Herbert Fang

Western Restorative Seminars
Mentor: Dr. Craig Naylor
Contact: Dr. Mike Flunkert

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Pacific Implant Institute

Pacific Implant Institute

Who We Are

Our Mission/Objectives

Since its inception in 1996, the Pacific Implant Institute has helped numerous dentists achieve knowledge in the art and science of dental implant dentistry. Though PII is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, we have taught dentists worldwide. Our curriculum includes all the applicable knowledge and tools with which general dentists can acquire the clinical skills to provide oral implantology and oral rehabilitation to patients.

Mission Statement

The Pacific Implant Institute’s mission is to benefit both the public and the dental profession by promoting dental education programs which educate and guide dentists into providing a high level of oral implantology and oral rehabilitation in-office.

PII Instructional Objectives

We endeavour to provide dentists with instruction consistent with the highest standard of conservative treatment and the highest level of clinical success as determined by the care provider and the patient. We are committed to ensuring that our participants are able to successfully implement PII training into their office.

Dr. Ron Zokol
Dr. Ron Zokol graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia in 1974, where he continues to be a faculty member.

He is proud to acknowledge his 20 year practice partnership with his father, a certified specialist in prosthodontics. Prior to his involvement with implant dentistry, he became recognized for his restorative skills with direct and indirect gold restorations, resulting in him being awarded “Clinician of the Year” by the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators award in 1997.

Dr. Zokol is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry and of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He holds Fellowships in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, and the Academy of Dentistry International. He has over 25 years of experience in implant dentistry and has spent more than 10 years as a surgical instructor for the Misch International Implant Institute. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Zokol has been appointed to many posts in serving many dental associations including the presidency of the Vancouver and District Dental Society, Chair of the General Examination Committee, and Chief Examiner for the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia.

Dr. Zokol has lectured internationally for many years in the field of Prosthodontics and Implant Surgery and is presently the director of the Pacific Institute for Implant Dentistry located in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Zokol lives in Vancouver with his wife, Marie and their three sons, and maintains a private practice exclusive to implant dentistry.

Dr. Zokol is excited to be selected as the featured dentist for Oral Implantology on the new HealthChoices Web site.

Dr. Bobby Birdi
Dr. Bobby HS Birdi is one of North America’s very few Certified Dual Specialists in Periodontics and Prosthodontics, and the first and only specialist in the world to attain Canadian and American board certifications in both Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

Dr. Birdi received his dental degree from the University of Saskatchewan and his post-graduate specialty training in both periodontics and prosthodontics from the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow and Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and a Diplomate of both the American Board of Periodontology, and the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is also an active member of the Canadian Academy of Periodontology and the British Columbia Society of Periodontists, as well as the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada and British Columbia Society of Prosthodontists.

Dr. Birdi is a member of multiple dental implant organizations such as the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of Osseointegration, and the International Team for Implantology. He is well-published in the areas of dental implants and surgery. Dr. Birdi is a reviewer for the Journal of Oral Implantology, Clinical Advances in Periodontics, and the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI), to which he has been appointed to the Editorial Review Board.

Dr. Birdi is an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and the University of Minnesota, where he is involved in multiple dental implant research projects and clinical trials. He also actively lectures both nationally and internationally in the fields of implant surgery and prosthetics, as well as aesthetic dentistry. Dr. Birdi is presently the co-director of the Pacific Implant Institute.

Dr. Robert Miller
Dr. Miller received his B.A. from New York University and M.A. from Hofstra University, both in biology.

He graduated with honors from New York University College of Dentistry where he received the International College of Dentists Award for clinical excellence. Following graduation, he completed a residency program at Flushing Hospital and Medical Center where he was involved in all phases of dentistry including facial trauma. Dr. Miller is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Miller is Chairman of the Department of Oral Implantology at the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic in Palm Beach and lectures on the surgical as well as reconstructive aspects of dental implants. He has lectured and published internationally on all phases of oral implantology and laser surgery and is director of The Center for Advanced Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry in Delray Beach, Florida.



CE Courses & Study Clubs

5-month Implant Mini-Residency Programs

Surgical Fellowship for Prosthodontics

1-year Advanced Implantology Fellowship Program

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ITI International Team for Implantology

ITI International Team for Implantology

Who We Are

The International Team for Implantology (ITI) is a unique network that unites professionals around the world from every field of implant dentistry and related tissue regeneration. As an independent academic association, it actively promotes networking and exchange among its membership.

» Organization

The organizational structure of the ITI and its Board of Directors.

» ITI Association

The ITI is a worldwide Association of professionals in implant dentistry. The objectives of the ITI are the promotion and dissemination of knowledge about implant dentistry and related fields.

» ITI Foundation

The ITI is a non-profit organization of dedicated scientists and practitioners who champion the correct utilization of implant dentistry for the benefit of the patient.

» ITI Committees

The ITI conducts and supports projects in research, development and education through its Committees:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Scholarship
  • University Programs
  • Section & Membership
  • Study Club

» ITI Fellowship

ITI Fellows are actively involved with furthering the goals and principles of the ITI. They demonstrate a high level of activity in the areas of leadership, research, education or development.

» ITI Membership

ITI Membership is open to all professionals in implant dentistry who wish to participate in the ITI and abide by its principles.

» ITI Sections

The ITI has a constantly growing number of national Sections worldwide, where Fellows and Members come together to exchange knowledge and spread the ITI philosophy.

» ITI Headquarters

The ITI Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, is a service and coordination office for the ITI, its Members, Fellows, Sections and its bodies.

» Our Partner

Two independent organizations – Straumann and ITI – form a close working relationship for the benefit of patients.

What We Offer

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