There’s no place like home.
For Dr. Vik Sharma, Burnaby isn’t just the community he grew up in – it’s also now the home-base for his practice, Simply Wellness Dental Burnaby. And he’s ecstatic to be back.
“I was born and raised here. This has always been home and always will be,” he said. His roots go deep: his education started in a local preschool, took him through Lochdale Elementary and Burnaby North Secondary, and eventually to Simon Fraser University on Burnaby Mountain. He later graduated from dentistry at UBC – and then left BC for a while.
“I went to Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, to work as a dentist for five years. Being able to give back to a marginalized community within our own country was a very humbling experience,” he recalls. “I always dreamed of coming home to Burnaby and giving back to the community here. It’s truly a blessing for me to be able to return the favour to everyone who helped or contributed in raising me when I was younger in this community – from volunteers to city workers. This is a great place to live.”
Simply Wellness Dental Burnaby is the culmination of that dream: a dental practice that focuses on quality care, education, and treating each patient as an individual.
“We are focused on the complete systemic dental health care. What that means is that we assess, diagnose and treat the mouth in relation to the entire body,” he said. “Your mouth has direct correlations to heart, brain, immune and pregnancy health. Our goal is to educate our patients on prevention and treat people so that they can live a healthy lifestyle.”
They provide all aspects of dental care from family dentistry, to cosmetic crown and veneer work, invisalign, implants, botox, wisdom teeth removal, sedation and dental care for children, all with the latest in cutting edge technology and highly trained staff.
And though they’re one of the newest clinics in town, they’ve already earned a sterling reputation that is drawing in new patients all the time thanks to their unique approach.
“We often have people tell us ‘Wow, I’ve never been so educated and cared for at a dental clinic before.’ Patients are blown away with the care and comfort that they’re receiving,” he said.
In fact, they’ve garnered more five-star google reviews than any other dental clinic in Vancouver and Burnaby, and have already extended their hours to seven days a week to serve their growing patient base. The team now includes two assistants, a hygienist, a receptionist and an office manager.
“We are a tight-knit, friendly, diverse, energetic group,” he says of his team.
Sharma says he’s excited to see what the future holds.
“I see Simply Wellness Dental being a pillar in the Burnaby community where all are welcome,” he said, saying he hopes to build up strong relationships with his patients and the surrounding community.
At the end of the day, the primary goal is, and will always continue to be, providing top-notch care to those who come through the doors. “Excellence to me means truly making a difference. Striving for that high level of attention and care that I give my patients truly is the road to excellence for me,” he said. “I treat my patients the way that I would expect to be treated, with empathy, respect and kindness.”
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