VDDS 2019/20 Board Members

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Dr. James Cadigan – President 2019-2020

Dr. James Cadigan grew up in Winnipeg where he graduated from the University of Manitoba DMD program in 2009. James moved to Vancouver in 2010 when he joined the VDDS, and he took over a general dental clinic in Steveston. He recently gave up being a part-time instructor at the University of British Columbia to work part-time at a satellite office near the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. In addition to VDDS membership James maintains his skills though membership in the Metro Vancouver Study Club, Alpha Omega, and ITI.

Apart from a life dedicated to his patients James is a music aficionado, and lifetime tennis, squash and badminton player. He and his partner love travelling (including camping), and enjoy being hosts to an endless list of friends and family visiting from out of town. You can catch him in the summer riding his white Harley Roadster named Angel and in the winter snowboarding and skiing on the slopes of Whistler-Blackcomb.

Dr. Vivian Y. Chow – Past President

Dr. Vivian Chow graduated with honours with a DDS from the University of Western Ontario. She was awarded the Gold Medal in Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Miller Thomson Foundation Scholarship and was a Rhode Scholar finalist. A member of VDDS since graduation, Vivian is also a board member of the BCDA Oral Health Month Committee and part time clinical instructor at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry.

A seeker of all things delicious, Vivian loves good food and wine paired with good friends. She is also an accomplished violinist, pianist and flutist. She and her husband are parents to a baby girl, and Vivian enjoys many outdoor activities, as well as swimming, traveling, and hiking.


Dr. Melanie Mattson – President-Elect

Dr. Melanie Mattson, born and raised in the West Kootenay area of BC, is a certified specialist in orthodontics practicing in East Vancouver and Tsawwassen. She obtained her dental degree from the University of Alberta, then completed a general practice residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, before returning to British Columbia for her combined orthodontic speciality and masters in craniofacial sciences degree at UBC. She is a dually certified specialist, both as a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

As an advocate for life long learning, Melanie enjoys teaching and is involved both as a part-time clinical instructor at UBC for dental students, as well as an orthodontic module instructor for certified dental assistants through UBC Continuing Dental Education. She has had the privilege of participating in dental outreach trips in northern Canada and Vietnam, providing dental treatment to underserved communities. Outside of work, Melanie continues her search for the best ice cream cone in Vancouver, and also enjoys hiking, skiing and swimming.

Dr. Bobby Birdi, Corporate Secretary (Midwinter Meeting Chair)

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.  Dr. Birdi is one of the very few board certified dual specialists in periodontics and prosthodontics in North America.

He is also a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of Osseointegration, and a member of the American Academy of Periodontology.   He is a reviewer for the Journal of Oral Implantology, Clinical Advances in Periodontics, and the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI).  

Dr. Birdi presently the co-director of the Pacific Institute for Advanced Dental Education located in Vancouver, Canada, which is a learning centre for his fellow dentists.  He is also currently practicing at the BC Perio Dental Health & Implant Centres in Vancouver.  His practice focuses on comprehensive periodontal and prosthetic treatment with a major focus on esthetics and implant dentistry.

Dr. Kary Taylor – Treasurer

Dr. Kary Taylor graduated with a DDS from the University of California, San Francisco Med Center (UCSF). A member of VDDS since moving to BC in 1980, Kary is the past board chairman of the BCDA Oral Health Month Committee. He does international dental missions to Guatemala and is a part-time dentist at the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Free Clinic. In 2014, he was awarded the Hero of the Homeless Award by the City of Surrey for his work at Outlook Dental Clinic.

Kary enjoys staying active, spending time running, hiking, cycling, basketball, and adventure motorcycle touring, as well as playing in a Reggae band. He and his wife Chiara spend much of their time as chauffeurs to their two sons, who participate in a variety of sporting and cultural activities.

Dr. John Rogers – Director

Dr. John Rogers was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, graduating from the University of Toronto dental school in 1983.

John continued his training at VGH in the general practice residency program, following which he practised dentistry in Burnaby for several years. In 1991 – 92 Dr. Rogers worked for the health department in Papua, New Guinea as chief dental officer.

He has travelled extensively, and has practised dentistry from the equator to the Arctic Circle! John now practices in White Rock, BC, where he is determined to stay!

John has two children, and his recreational passions include skiing, traveling, photography and scuba diving.

Dr. Ron Zokol – Director

Dr. Ron Zokol is proud to acknowledge his 20 years of 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.

Ron 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, Ron has been appointed to many posts in numerous 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. He has lectured internationally for many years in the field of Prosthodontics and Implant Surgery and is presently the director of the Pacific Implant Institute located in Vancouver, Canada, which is a learning centre for his fellow dentists.

Ron lives in Vancouver with his wife, Marie and their three sons.

Dr. Oxana Korj – Director

Certified Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr Oxana Korj graduated from the University of British Columbia with a DMD degree in 2011. Following graduation, Dr Korj enjoyed a year of general dental practice in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. She then completed her training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. During her residency, Dr Korj spent her time at several major institutions such as Johns Hopkins, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Children’s National Medical Centre. She enjoys a full scope Oral and Maxillofacial surgery practice with a special interest in virtual treatment planning for dental implants, orthognathic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Korj is both a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  She is also a proud member of Medical Mission of Mercy USA and has been participating in volunteer missions to the Philippines as a member of the Cleft Lip and Palate surgical team since 2016.

Dr Korj loves and appreciates the beautiful nature of British Columbia and in her spare time enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle. She also enjoys teaching, and has been dedicating her time as a clinical assistant professor at University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry.

Dr. Bruce Chou – Director

Dr. Bruce Chou is a believer in giving back. He has been an active volunteer since his days in dental school. He has given countless hours to many communities in need of dental care and continues to live his passion for volunteerism and dentistry, donating his services and giving healthy smiles to communities throughout the Lower Mainland. Dr. Chou was born in Taiwan and raised in Vancouver. He completed his Bachelors Degree in Dental Science, a Masters in Management and a Doctorate in Dental Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Bruce Chou continues to show his passion for helping ensure that kids around the world have a healthy smile. In April 2018 he travelled to the Amazon River in Peru, volunteering with a group called Kindness In Action. Along with other dentists, he volunteered for four days at four villages along the Amazon River close to the city of Iquitos, Peru helping kids have happy and healthy smiles.

Dr. Nathan Cain – Director

Originally from Ontario, Dr. Nathan Cain has been practicing prosthodontics in Vancouver since 2017. After obtaining his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from New York University, Dr. Cain went on to specialize in prosthetic dentistry. Dr. Cain obtained his Certificate in Prosthodontics at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, where he gained extensive knowledge in implant dentistry, digital dentistry and digital impressions, and treatment of complex dental needs. He is certified by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada as a Specialist in Prosthodontics.

Dr. Cain is passionate about dental education and holds a part-time position at The University of British Columbia where he teaches once a week. He is also active in the dental community, participating in several dental study groups and participates in teaching local dentists about dental implants and digital dentistry.

In his spare time, Dr. Cain enjoys spending time with family and friends. A frequent visitor to Vancouver Island, Dr. Cain loves to go camping and staying active. He has recently taken up surfing and as a creative outlet makes his own surfboards!