Our Surgical Mentors
a team of Board Certified Oral Implantologists
Dr. William Liang, B.Sc, DMD, DABOI, DICOI, FAAID, FACD, FADI
Director, Canadian Dental Implant Training Centre
Director, AAID Vancouver MaxiCourse
Dr. William Liang attended the University of British Columbia and received his Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology in 1981 and his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in 1983. At graduation, he was awarded the Canadian Oral and Maxillo-Facial Prize for highest standing in the area of Oral Surgery. He has been practicing dentistry in Surrey, BC for the past 35 years. Currently his practice is focused on adult restorative and implant dentistry. He is a past executive of the AAID Western District. Dr. Liang is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology/ Implant Dentistry, Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, Fellow and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, Fellow of the Misch Implant Institute and Honored Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Peter Balogh, B.Sc, DDS, FAAID, FICOI, DABOI
Dr. Peter Balogh received an Honours degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario in 1985, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Toronto in 1989. His study, passion and vision for implant dentistry dates back to 1987: as the President of his study body, he sought out and organized lectures and courses in advanced dental implant education, and helped to initiate the faculty’s implementation of implants into the undergraduate curriculum. His clinical, surgical, and prosthetic experience with dental implants began in 1989 with a General Practice Residency at Toronto General Hospital, and since 1991 he has been in private practice in Burnaby, BC. He is a Fellow with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and a Board Certified Diplomate with the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry (ABOI). He is also affiliated with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and Health Action Network (HANS). Dr. Balogh has lectured and provided surgical training to dentists, auxiliaries and denturists on the prosthetic and surgical placement of implants, and currently directs a large general practice where he specializes in implant, reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Gabor Balogh, B.Sc, DDS, FICOI, AFAAID, DABOI
Dr. Gabor Balogh obtained an Honors B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario and a DDS in 1985. He finished The Misch Implant Institute in 1993 and has been doing all phases of implant dentistry for 20 years. He is a founding member and past president of the Vancouver Oral Implantology Surgical Seminars. Dr. Balogh has been in practice in Vancouver since 1988 and West Vancouver for 18 years with a focus on implantology and cosmetics. He is also certified in IV/oral sedation.
Dr. Balogh is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, an Associate Fellow of the AAID, and a Fellow of the ICOI. He is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Anthony Wong, B.Sc, DMD, DABOI, FAAID, FICOI
Dr. Anthony Wong studied at the University of British Columbia. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry in 1975, and graduated with a D.M.D. degree in 1976. Upon graduation he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. He graduated from the Misch Implant Institute in 1993 and is a Fellow of both the International Congress of Implantologists and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry. He practiced in the Greater Vancouver area for over 35 years and is currently practicing in South Surrey, concentrating in all phases of Implant Dentistry and in Cosmetic Smile Makeover. He is a registered IV sedation provider in BC. He also teaches part time at the Faculty of Dentistry, UBC as a Clinical Prosthodontic Consultant.
Dr. Peter Kim, B.Sc, DMD, DABOI, FAAID, FICOI
Dr. Peter Kim graduated from the UBC dental school in 1984. He has been involved in implant dentistry since 1992 when he took his first implant course. Since then, he has taken numerous dental implant courses including the Misch program and IV sedation course. He became Board Certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology in 2005. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Fellow of the Misch Implant Institute and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He practices in Burnaby and mentors the Burnaby Implant Study Club.
Dr. Tsang attended the University of British Columbia where he studied mathematics before heading to Philadelphia to study at Temple University School of Dentistry, one of the oldest dental schools in North America. Upon graduating, Dr. Tsang returned to his home town of Abbotsford to open his dental practice.
Dr. Tsang is Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/ Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID), a designation shared by fewer than 50 dentists in all of Canada. Certification by the ABOI/ID attests to the fact that Dr. Tsang has demonstrated knowledge, ability, and proficiency in implant dentistry through a rigorous examination process. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Canadian Dental Association, and the British Columbia Dental Association.
He is an avid believer in continuing his education and over a hundred hours of extra courses each year on top of being an active member in several study clubs. In 2011 he graduated from an AAID [American Academy of Implant Dentistry] MaxiCourse, one of the most well-respected and comprehensive, international training programs in implant dentistry.
Using his training to give back to the community has always been of importance, Dr. Tsang has provided dental community outreach in Canada, the United States, and even as far as Haiti.
Dr. Paul Newitt (Associate Faculty), B.Sc, DMD, AFAAID
Dr. Newitt completed his Bachelors Degree from Simon Fraser University in 1988 and received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of British Columbia in 1993. He spent two years interning at the British Columbia Cancer Agency before moving onto private practice in Vancouver. Dr. Newitt has continued his education in dental technologies and advanced aesthetics over the last 15 years. In 2016 Dr. Newitt received his Associate Fellow credentials from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. In addition to serving on faculty with us, he also founded and leads the BITE Club [Basic Implant Training & Education] in Vancouver, White Rock, and Victoria, for those dentists wishing to focus on implant restoration and not ready to commit to a large program like the MaxiCourse. Visit Dr. Newitt in downtown Vancouver at Smile.ca
Tazim [‘Taz’], C.D.A.
Luka began her dental assisting career in 2001, following her education at Career Canada College. A passionate lifelong learner, she has both her Ortho Module [UBC 2004] as well as her Prosthodontic Module [UFV 2011]. A dental assistant covering various areas of general dentistry for the last 18 years, Luka joined Smile Dental Implant Centre in 2014 to challenge herself in a new area of dentistry – implantology. A quick study, her education was rapidly absorbed while working in a busy referral-based implant dentistry practice as well as serving as surgical assistant at the Vancouver MaxiCourse. She now leads our MaxiCourse clinical program at UBC, packing up much of the equipment and supplies of our Surrey-based dental office to transport to UBC for busy clinical weekends with our MaxiCourse participants and her fellow MaxiCourse surgical assistants.
Tazim has a wide range of experience in oral implantology. After graduating from Vancouver Community College in 1986 as a Certified Dental Assistant, Taz joined one of our MaxiCourse graduates, Dr. Trish Hunter, in her office and learned implant dentistry alongside Dr. Hunter, including Dr. Hunter’s MaxiCourse year in 2010/11. In September of 2013, Taz decided to join the UBC staff and is currently running the Grad Pediatric Program. She is still working in private practice on days off from UBC to continue enhancing clinical skills, as she truly enjoys assisting with implant dentistry. This includes working in a Prosthodontic office in Vancouver. In addition, Taz is proud of her volunteer work in dental clinics in Africa in 2011. She has been a member of our MaxiCourse team for two years and her familiarity with UBC continues to be a significant asset to us.
Sasha graduated from Vancouver Community College in 2000 as a Certified Dental Assistant and experienced her first introduction to implant dentistry at the office of Dr. William Liang, our program director, in 2004. She worked at Dr. Christian Len’s office, a GP practice with involvement in implant dentistry, from 2005 to 2008. Sasha graduated from the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in early 2017 and continues to work with us as a CDA at the MaxiCourse. Her familiarity with our director’s approach to implant dentistry makes her an asset to our team, and her positivity and strong work ethic make her invaluable.
When Dr. William Liang began the Vancouver MaxiCourse in 2010 and developed the curriculum, our original CDA’s, Kyla and Varinder, were instrumental in developing a successful surgical component to our program. The systems in place at our office had to be tailored to a different working environment and prepared for any contingencies that arise in surgeries done by implant dental students. Our clinical sessions began at the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene and are now exclusively run through the University of British Columbia’s Nobel BioCare Oral Health Centre on university campus. Since then, Luka & Taz have replaced Kyla and Varinder as our head CDA’s for the program.
Andrew Gillies is Education Coordinator for the Canadian Dental Implant Training Centre, AAID Vancouver MaxiCourse, Vancouver Implant Continuum, and BITE Clubs. He joins us from an education, administration, and marketing/sales background. A school educator for seven years, he has experience in implementing education and curriculum advancements as well as introducing and expanding upon the integration of developing technologies into educational programs.
Outside teaching, Andrew has worked in a variety of roles in the administration of a laser skin care clinic for three years under Dr. Byron Ham, and he has run his own health and wellness business since 2011.
Drawing upon his teaching and curriculum development background, Andrew works to make improvements to MaxiCourse curriculum, integrate different learning styles into program delivery, and effectively make use of new technology to improve student learning. He is here to ensure that your educational experience is as personalized and meaningful to each participant as possible.
Andrew works closely with our CDA staff, as well as Dr. William Liang, program director, for support and growing knowledge in all things dental.