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Meet Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

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Dr. Rudy Wassenaar received his dental degree from the medical faculty of the University of Amsterdam in 1981. That year he started in private practice in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 1986 he passed the requirements of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada, and subsequently, he moved to Canada in 1987. He continued his career in private practice in Williams Lake, BC until current.

Dr. Wassenaar belongs to a number of professional organizations and study clubs to stay on top of his field and to satisfy his passion for the field of dentistry. Practicing in a rural area where specialist care is only marginally available, he has made a wider range of procedures available to his patients to serve them better, only one of which being dental implants.

As recognition for his affiliation with the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Dr. Wassenaar received a Fellowship Award (2000) and a Mastership Award (2007). He also holds a Fellowship Award from the International Academy of Dental-Facial Esthetics and as such has lectured on a variety of topics at some of their international meetings. His latest endeavor with regards to international involvement was with the Global Summit and Expo on Dental & Oral Diseases in Dubai (UAE), where he delivered a keynote address titled Technology and Expanded Applications of Dental Implantology as part of Comprehensive Treatment Planning.

Dr. Wassenaar has been invited to speak at the July 2017 annual meeting of the Academy of General Dentistry in Las Vegas. This is one of the largest dental conferences in North America and is expected to attract more than 3000 dental professionals. The topic of his presentation will be how the latest advances of biotechnology affect wound healing and tissue regeneration.

Dr. Wassenaar is particularly recognized for his involvement with implant dentistry. He placed his first dental implant in 1989 which is still functioning today. The premier institution worldwide that offers comprehensive training in dental implantology is the Misch International Implant Institute. After completing a 3-year comprehensive program and passing a written examination he was awarded the Surgical Fellow Award in 2011. Through his involvement with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) he has completed a number of credentialing programs which resulted in a Fellowship Award (2005), a Mastership Award (2009) and later culminated in receiving the Diplomate Award (2011) which is the highest level of recognition the ICOI offers. One of the requirements was to appear before peer review panels and to present at a number of international dental meetings (San Diego, New York, Chicago, Orlando).

In 2014 Dr. Wassenaar received the Diplomate Award of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (DABOI/ID). Worldwide this is regarded as the pinnacle in demonstrating skill in dental implantology, coveted by dental specialists and a select group of general dentists alike. To date, only a little over 400 Diplomate Awards have been issued worldwide in its 46-year existence.

In 2016 Dr. Wassenaar was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. To qualify for Fellowship, an expert panel of implant dentists reviewed Dr. Wassenaar’s professional and leadership credentials as well as commitment to excellence in implant dental practice and to the Academy’s standards for ethics and patient welfare.

Dr Wassenaar was required to document for review that he was a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, the certifying board that the Academy sponsors, and that he provides both the surgical and restorative phases of implant treatment. Established in 1951, the AAID is the only dental implant organization that offers credentials recognized by US state and federal courts as being bona fide.

Dr. Wassenaar is a member of The Canadian Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Alumni Organization of the L.D. Pankey Institute, the Academy of GP Orthodontics, the International Academy of Dental-Facial Esthetics, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Wassenaar’s practice and his philosophies with regards to providing patient care have attracted international attention. He will be featured in an upcoming segment of “behind the scenes”, an award-winning series of educational documentaries where the public is informed on the latest innovations and strategies in health care and other industries. It is produced by US Public Television and hosted by James Earl Jones.

Dr. Wassenaar holds the President-Elect position of the BC chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). The AGD is a professional organization of more than 40,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up-to-date in the profession through continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the world’s second largest dental association.

Dr. Wassenaar is one of the founding members of the Canadian Academy of Implant Dentistry (CAAID) and holds the position of Vice-President. The CAAID ‘s purpose is to promote implant dentistry as a treatment option, to provide continuing education opportunities, and to work towards a credentialing standard in implant dentistry. The CAAID has currently more than 400 members Canada wide which consists of general dentists as well as dental specialists.

Dr. Wassenaar has been involved with volunteer work including training local auxiliary personnel in operating field dental clinics in Surinam (SA) and also has provided dental services for the underprivileged in Honduras on numerous occasions. Dr. Wassenaar sponsors a scholarship fund with Thomson Rivers University to assist local students to get started in their post-secondary education.

In his spare time, Dr. Wassenaar enjoys his music as an accomplished pianist and is learning to play the guitar. Travel, cooking and fishing are some of his other passions. On the odd occasion, he has been observed going too fast on motorcycles and too deep while scuba diving.

“My vision is to continue to study and to learn the latest techniques in dentistry so we can offer our patients the utmost in dental care. Balanced with this vision is that we promise to treat patients as an individual, and to provide a caring, friendly and pain-free atmosphere.” – Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

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Meet Dr. Dahia

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Born, raised and educated in beautiful BC., Dr. Sophia L. Dahia has had the privilege of practicing in rural communities for the past 15yrs. As a business owner, associate and locum dentist she has experienced all aspects of dentistry throughout the province. An avid outdoors woman she enjoys hiking and exploring the vast wilderness which lends a sense of connection with everyone she encounters. patience and positivity are paramount in her approach to clinical challenges and a sense of humor combined with compassion makes Dr. Dahia personably professional.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

We hope this finds all our patients and friends healthy and well as summer is supposed to be arriving! Fingers crossed that we will see some sunshine in the Cariboo soon!

Our clinic staff have been working hard through this "new normal" of COVID-19 and ensuring that our clinic is exceeding the regulations to create the most safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. In the field of dentistry, we have always been experts in infection control. Now we are establishing a modified workflow to go above and beyond in this endeavor.

We are starting to resume some scheduling of more routine procedures as well as emergency care at this time. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our current protocols or would like to schedule care.

Please respect our measures we are taking to ensure physical distancing within our office. This includes completing the COVID-19 prescreening form that is emailed to you before each appointment. We are also continuing to limit our waiting room to one person at a time and having patients complete payments and scheduling in their treatment room before exiting through the side door. This allows us to prevent interaction between patients whenever possible.

You may also find that we are slightly less flexible in our available appointment times for now as we are managing these new measures. We need to consider the amount of patients within our clinic at any time as well as stagger our patient entry and exit times.

Please be patient and kind as we all adjust to this protocol that is in place for the safety of all of us.

Take a few minutes to watch and share our latest instalment of Dr Wassenaar's appearance on the television program "The Wellness Hour". This interview outlines a lot of what we are doing to make sure that our patients have the utmost confidence and comfort in visiting Williams Lake Smiles at all times.

https://youtu.be/16Mdc2RF6Cw

Our first TV interview has enjoyed 860,000 views with world-wide sharing. We would love to hear your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.

Sincerely,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team


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