VDDS 2018/19 Board Members

Dr. Vivian Y. Chow – 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.

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Dr. James Cadigan – President Elect

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. Belinda Weltman – Past President

Dr. Belinda Weltman grew up in Vancouver, and is a certified specialist in orthodontics and Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. She obtained her dental degree at the University of Manitoba, and her specialty training at Ohio State. Belinda is an Invisalign Premier Provider and recognized Kois Specialist, strongly believing that evidence-based approaches are essential in orthodontics. She has written a chapter on root resorption for an evidence-based orthodontic textbook, and will be lecturing at the American Association of Orthodontics National Meeting in 2015.

When not in the office, Belinda enjoys skiing, traveling and cooking. She and her husband Ryan have two young daughters.

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Dr. Melanie Mattson – Treasurer

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. Daryoush Bakhshi – Corporate Secretary / Midwinter Clinic Chair

Dr. Bakhshi received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Toronto. Upon graduation, he worked in Toronto, Trenton, and Brampton Ontario for a few years before moving to beautiful vancouver. He is always busy attending continuing education courses to gain advanced training in the treatment of patients with complex multi-disciplinary needs including wisdom teeth extraction, cosmetic dentistry, and implant dentistry. Dr. Bakhshi is well known with his patients for his genuine care and gentle touch and his kind manner with children. He enjoys getting to know patients and their families and providing dental care in a stress-free and relaxed environment.

When not working, Daryoush enjoys spending time with family, and can be found enjoying bicycling, fishing, and watching movies.

Dr. Bobby Birdi, Director

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. 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. Kary Taylor – Director

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. Oxana Korj – Director

Born and raised in the city of Omsk, Russia, Dr. Korj moved to Vancouver in 2003 to pursue her career in Dentistry. In 2011, she graduated from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, with a degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Upon graduation, Dr. Korj was awarded the prestigious College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia Gold Medal for the most outstanding academic record in the graduating class.  Following graduation, Dr. Korj enjoyed a year of general dental practice in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. In 2012, she moved to Washington, DC, to pursue her goal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery career. Dr. Korj successfully completed a four-year residency at the Washington Hospital Center (WHC), Washington, DC.

Dr. Korj enjoys caring for children and has participated in the craniofacial clinics at the John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, and Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC. She also was a proud member of Medical Mission of Mercy USA (MMOMUSA) and participated in the 2016 volunteer mission to the Philippines as a member of the Cleft Lip and Palate surgical team.

Dr. Korj relocated back to Vancouver, BC and is now fully certified to practise oral surgery in the province of British Columbia, where she also loves and appreciates the beautiful nature of British Columbia and enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle.