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Fraser Health warns about fake Surrey dentist

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says an investigation found patients may have been exposed to dental instruments that weren't properly cleaned and sterilized at the Orillia, Ont., clinic previously known as Joe Philip and Associates.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says an investigation found patients may have been exposed to dental instruments that weren't properly cleaned and sterilized at the Orillia, Ont., clinic previously known as Joe Philip and Associates. Getty Images

Fraser Health is warning patients who received treatment from a Surrey man claiming to be a dentist.

Authorities say clients of Valentyn Uvarov may be at risk of bloodborne infections, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, from exposure to non‐sterile materials during their treatments.

An investigation by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC found that Uvarov was providing dental treatments at his Surrey location without a license to practice dentistry.

The investigation identified concerning infection prevention and control practices, including the potential re‐use of anesthetic containers.

Fraser Health believes this may pose a risk of infectious disease transmission to clients.

Uvarov practiced at 14275 ‐ 62nd Avenue in Surrey.

Anyone who has received dental treatments from Uvarov is being advised to follow up with their health care provider or call 8‐1‐1 to address any health concerns.

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This is the latest in the string of incidents involving fake dentists in B.C.

In one of the more high-profile cases, rogue Burnaby dentist Tung Sheng Wu was given jail time for contempt for ignoring a court order to stop practicing dentistry without a licence. After months of evading police, Wu, who was accused of setting up an illegal dental surgery for hundreds of patients in his Burnaby bedroom, has turned himself in. In his office investigators found a dentist chair, equipment and an old autoclave sterilizer. According to authorities, there was little evidence of Wu properly sterilizing his equipment.

MORE: A look inside Tung Sheng (David) Wu’s illegal dental clinic

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