Meet Our Dentists & Specialists
The dentists and dental specialists at Family Dental Care are dedicated to providing comprehensive, personalized dental care to our patients in Prince George and Vancouver.
Dr. Jesse Chalal
DMD, University of British Columbia
Dr. Chahal was born and raised in Mackenzie, BC. He studied at the University of British Columbia earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Doctorate of Dental Medicine. He enjoys meeting new people and sharing experiences with others.
Growing up in Northern BC, Dr. Chahal is excited to be in the north and serving the Prince George community. Outside of work Dr. Chahal enjoys playing basketball, hiking and weight lifting.
He also enjoys spending time with family. Recently, Dr. Chahal has picked up snowboarding as his new favorite hobby.
Dr. Chahal is fluent in English and Punjabi.
Dr. Jessey Minhas
BSc., DDS, University of British Columbia
Dr. Minhas was born and raised in Prince George BC. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of British Columbia majoring in molecular biology and pharmacology. Dr. Minhas then continued on at UBC completing his doctorate in dental medicine. While attending university Dr. Minhas was fortunate enough to have his undergraduate and dental research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Canadian Dental Association. His dental research focused on the molecular basis of cleft palate formation in children.
Dr. Minhas believes education and prevention are essential for good dental health.
Dr. Minhas continues his dental education to stay in tune with the latest practices and services. Recently, Dr. Minhas trained in aesthetic and health dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dental Studies.
Dr. Janis Schwab
BSc, MSc, DMD, University of British Columbia
Dr. Janis Schwab was born and raised in Prince George. After graduating from Kelly Road Secondary School she spent 11 years in Vancouver attending UBC. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology and Genetics, a Master’s degree in Immunology, and her DMD degree from the Faculty of Dentistry in 2008. Her goal is to educate patients about their dental needs and allow them to make informed choices about their dental treatments. She will always strive to provide the best quality of care for her patients. When she’s not working, Janis can usually be found with her husband and 4 children exploring the various lakes around Prince George by canoe in the summer and by ski in the winter.
Dr. Jason Tao
DMD, University of British Columbia
Dr. Jason Tao was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. After high school he went to UBC where he completed a Bachelor of Science Degree and graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry. Dr. Tao believes in patient-centered dentistry, which focuses on providing patients with all the information necessary to allow them to make their own informed decisions after being presented with all the options. Dr. Tao’s primary goal is to create a warm and friendly environment while providing the highest quality of dental care possible. He has a keen interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry as well as oral surgery. He looks forward to continuing his education in the field of implantology and orthodontics.
During his free time, Dr. Tao enjoys golfing and hockey and always looks forward to the first snow fall to start skiing.
Dr. David Waller
DMD, University of British Columbia
Dr. Waller was born in Prince George. He is the son of Dr. Denning E. Waller and Mary Waller. His father practiced dentistry in Prince George from 1953 until his death in 1997. His mother was a well respected social worker at the Prince George Regional Hospital. Dr. Waller graduated from Duchess Park Secondary School in 1978 and graduated from UBC Dental School in 1987. Upon graduating from UBC, he was fortunate enough to practice dentistry with his father for 10 years.
He is proud to have practiced dentistry in his hometown for his entire career. In his spare time, Dr. Waller enjoys reading and spending time with his family.
Dr. Harry Sangha
DMD, University of British Columbia
After graduating with a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) from University of British Columbia in 2005, he made the decision to immediately relocate to Northern BC to care for underserved and less privileged communities with little access to adequate dental care.
In 2006, Dr. Sangha married and moved to Eastern Ontario where he lived and worked for two years, until returning to BC to practice in Chilliwack for the duration of 2008. After researching extensively for the perfect fit, he purchased his current practice in Kitsilano, Vancouver – close to his alma mater where it all began.
Dr. Sangha is currently involved in many study clubs, including the British Columbia Institute of Oral Implantology and the Bites Institute. Dr. Sangha is also a member of the Vancouver Dental Education Centre (VDEC) and is an instructor at the Frontier Dental Institute. He completed his Core I at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI). He shares his expertise by performing difficult extractions at other clinics in the Vancouver area.
Dr. Sangha is passionate about his Vancouver dental practice and team, and enjoys living and working in the community of Kitsilano and all the pluses that come with it. In the late fall and winter months, he’s a thrill-seeking snowboarder and diehard SF 49ers fan. In the summer season he enjoys shooting hoops, cycling, running and taking his son for extra long walks until he falls asleep.
Dr. Yvonne Lim
DMD, University of Sydney
Dr. Yvonne grew up in Sydney Australia, where she obtained a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science in Medical Radiation (Diagnostic Radiography) and completed a Doctor of Dental Medicine, at the University Of Sydney. She has worked in both public and private dental settings and has experience working with patients from all walks of life, both young and not-so-young.
She cherishes the opportunity to look after her patients and always strives to make them as comfortable as possible, whilst giving them comprehensive care.
Outside of the office, Dr. Yvonne enjoys singing, playing piano, immersing herself in nature and exploring the gorgeous city of Vancouver.
Dr. Joon Choi
DMD, University of Manitoba
Bio Coming Soon
Dr. Zack Lively
Bio Coming Soon
Dr. Dolly Bharwani Orthodontist
DDS, University of Alberta, Eastman school of Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
Dr. Bharwani was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She obtained her Dental Degree from the University of Alberta. After dental school, she moved to Rochester, NY where she completed two post-graduate programs at the prestigious Eastman School of Dentistry. The first was a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and the second was a one-year fellowship in the diagnosis and treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD). Dr. Bharwani then attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario for her orthodontic training where she completed a three-year Masters in Clinical Dentistry specialization in Orthodontics.
After living all across Canada and the USA, Dr. Bharwani finally had the opportunity to decide where she wanted to settle down. British Columbia was an easy decision. With the picturesque mountainous background and urban city life, living here provides the best of two worlds. We all love calling Vancouver our home!
In addition to private practice, Dr. Bharwani is also a part-time clinical instructor at UBC, educating younger dentists. She is also a board-certified specialist in Orthodontics (fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada) as well as a member in good standing of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast and British Columbia Society’s of Orthodontists.
“Why did I choose orthodontics? While growing up, I was often teased about my “buck teeth”. After seeking the help of my orthodontist, I entered into a complex treatment plan of growth modification treatment with headgear, followed by braces. This turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me, it changed my life. My facial profile changed, my teeth were straightened, I was no longer being made fun of, and for the first time, I was able to smile with confidence! And furthermore, I loved going to the orthodontist, it was a great experience. I realized very early in my life that this is what I wanted to do. I want to help other people to have the same confidence that I have when I smile.”
Dr. Jason ChenOral Surgeon
BSc, DDS, University of British Columbia
Dr. Jason Chen completed his B.Sc. in Biochemistry and received his DMB from the University of British Columbia. Following graduation at UBC, Dr. Chen moved to Bronx, New York to complete his studies in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Montefiore Medical Centre/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Chen is a clinical associate professor at UBC Faculty of Dentistry teaching both undergraduate students as well as teaching Sedation to the graduate periodontics residents. He operates at Surrey Memorial Hospital and is a consultant with the Fraser Valley Cancer Agency. Dr.Chen is also a member of the Anesthesia and Sedation Committee at the College of Dental Surgeons in BC.
Dr. Amro FodaOral Surgeon
BSC, DMD, FRCD, University of British Columbia, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr. Amro Foda is a Certified Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He grew up in Edmonton AB, where he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta. Dr Foda obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in the areas of biological and physical sciences. He then attended the University of British Columbia, where he obtained his dental degree. It was during his dental school education when he decided to pursue subspecialty training in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His desire to further his education led him to New York City, where he spent 4 years developing his skills at the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
At Montefiore, Dr. Foda practiced a full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery including dentoalveolar surgery (dental extractions, biopsies, alveoloplasty etc.), orthognathic surgery, dental implant reconstruction, management of maxillofacial trauma, TMJ surgery, pre-prosthetic surgery, bone graft reconstruction, and management of severe odontogenic infections. He also participated in various off-service rotations including internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesia, surgical intensive care, emergency medicine, otorhinolaryngology, and plastic surgery. He is also proficient in the safe delivery of outpatient intravenous deep sedation/general anesthesia.
After completing his residency, he subsequently completed the National Dental Specialty Examination of Canada in his field. Although he greatly enjoyed his time in New York City, his love for Canada brought him back. He is currently working in private practice. In his spare time, Dr. Foda enjoys travelling, playing the guitar and drums, playing soccer, snowboarding and trail biking.
Dr. Adam SamjiOral Surgeon
DDS, MSC, DIP Pros, FRCD, University of British Columbia
Dr. Adam Samji is a board certified specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Dr. Samji obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees from the University of British Columbia. He then completed his residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Montefiore Medical Centre/Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York City, one of the largest residency programs in North America.
During his four-year hospital based residency, Dr. Samji practiced full scope oral and maxillofacial surgery with extensive training in intravenous deep sedation and general anesthesia. His areas of interest include dentoalveolar surgery, orthodontic surgical procedures, oral pathology, TMJ surgery, maxillofacial trauma, orthognathic surgery and facial cosmetics. He is also particularly passionate about dental implantology and advanced hard and soft tissue grafting.
Dr. Samji is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia where he teaches Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to dental students and residents. He is excited to move back to Canada with his wife to be closer to family and serve the community. In his free time he enjoys travelling, exploring new cuisines and supporting his favourite hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks.
Dr. Deb SzaboEndodontist
DDS, University of Western Ontario, University of Michigan
Bio coming soon.
Dr. Kia ShabehpourEndodontist
DDS, DMD, University of British Columbia
Dr. Kiarash Shabehpour (or Dr. Kia as his patients sometimes tend to call him) started his dentistry journey in 1998. After earring his DDS degree in dentistry, getting some extra training in oral surgery and practicing for a few years, he moved to Canada with his wife.
In Canada, he attended dental school again at the University of British Columbia for his 2nd degree in dentistry, this time a DMD, practiced for a few more years in both Vancouver and Prince George and then went through 3 extra years of specialist training in Endodontics at UBC. Dr. Shabehpour is currently practicing in beautiful provinces of British Columbia and Alberta and mainly helps his patients and colleagues with root canal related treatments and surgeries on a referral basis. He is fluent in English and Farsi.
Dr. Shabehpour is an active member of College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, Alberta Dental Association and College, Canadian Academy of Endodontics, American Association of Endodontists and British Columbia Society of Endodontists.
In his spare time, Dr. Shabehpour spends time with his family, indulges in the martial art of Judo or can be found on the slopes, skiing.
Dr. Shabehpour is a proud supporter of animal rescue groups worldwide. .