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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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Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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