I am a native of the Lower Mainland, having grown up in Surrey. I went to UBC for my undergraduate education, and then UBC Dental School, from which I graduated in 1986. After obtaining my Doctorate of Dental Medicine, I elected to continue my studies with a one-year hospital residency. This additional year enabled me to develop my oral surgical skills and gave me the opportunity to treat medically compromised patients in a hospital environment.
I have practiced in Toronto as well as the Metro Vancouver area. Many in the Tri-Cities area would remember that I treated patients at Pearl Dental Clinic on North Road for more than 20 years. I also maintained a part-time practice at the Peninsula Dental Clinic in South Surrey for many years. In 2013, I joined Face and Smile Vancouver and now enjoy treating my patients in the comfortable environment of this modern and friendly practice.
Throughout my years of dentistry, I have greatly valued the trust and confidence my patients have had in me. I feel it is a privilege to be able to provide people with their dental care, and I strive to do my utmost to make their visits as comfortable and stress-free as possible. I enjoy family dentistry and getting to know my patients and their families. I have had the pleasure of watching generations grow up and start families of their own, and becoming the dentist for their little ones.
More about Dr. Wacker’s Education
Keeping up with current knowledge in dentistry is very important. Over the years, I have attended many continuing education courses on a variety of procedures, such as dental implants. I have taken a special interest in orthodontics since 2000, when I enrolled in an orthodontic education program that took two years to complete.
Since completion of that program in 2002, I have been part of a study group that meets every month to treat patients under the mentorship of a certified specialist in orthodontics. In 2008, I became certified as an Invisalign® provider, so I can offer my patients the option of orthodontics with clear aligners.
Outside the Office
Over the years, I have been involved in several committees of the Vancouver and District Dental Society, and in the organization of major continuing education events and conferences for dentists. I have also been a participant in community dental clinics to perform dental procedures for financially underprivileged members of society. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling.