Our team is about providing personal experiences for every person who walks through our doors. We will greet you with a smile, and ensure yours shines. Learn more about our wonderful, dedicated team here at Smile City Square Dental! Check out our bio’s below, and say hello next time you’re in the office.
Dr. Kelvin Mah, Dentist
I’m a rare born and raised Vancouverite. As a graduate of UBC Dental School, I’ve been practicing since 1992. Initially drawn to dentistry because of its technical nature, I soon discovered as my practice evolved, that it was my passion for helping people that truly drives me.
I see my strength in really listening and understanding what my patients want. From there we facilitate achieving their goals. I have a strong interest in aesthetic dentistry and have taken countless hours of continuing education to further my knowledge in the area.
As a result, my team and I have been constantly humbled by the changes a confident smile can bring someone. When I’m not working, I enjoy time with my wife and young son, as I view life through his unbiased eyes!
Jessica Morris, Registered Dental Hygienist
I am passionate about health and wellness, and I’m particularly interested in the connection between oral and systemic health.
That interest lead me to get my diploma in Dental Hygiene from Fanshawe College in 2005, and I received my Bachelor of Dental Science in Dental Hygiene in April 2016 at UBC, where I graduated with the highest academic standing of my class.
I have been working at Smile City Square Dental since 2009, and prior to that I worked in Banff, Alberta, for 3 years. I came to SCSD because of their values and the emphasis they place on patient care, and I love being part of a highly skilled team where I can help make a difference in my patients’ lives.
The best part of my job is getting to know my patients. Over the 7 years I’ve been at SCSD, I have been lucky to build some amazing relationships- both professional and personal.
Our practice is made up of a small team of like-minded people who share the same passion, and that’s what keeps me coming back day after day. Our office culture is amazing- we feel more like a family.
I love running, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends, and I’m also completely obsessed with my Fitbit, perhaps not surprisingly.
I also served on the UBC Hygiene Admissions Committee, and was recently invited to join the UBC clinical faculty. As well, I’m a member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and the College of Dental Hygienists of BC.
Jayne Burgoyne, Registered Dental Hygienist
I have always been passionate about helping people, especially in the health and wellness areas. Before I knew I wanted to become a Registered Dental Hygienist, I studied Nutritional Science at UBC but I feel dental hygiene is the perfect fit for me, especially because it’s so hands-on.
I used to work in sales at Bikram Yoga, as the Catering Coordinator for Hotels where I focused on Wedding and Event planning.
I have been working at Smile City Square Dental for 5 years, and came here after hearing another respected dentist’s rave reviews about Dr. Mah and the staff.
My favourite part of the job is when our patients feel that they’re taken care of and leave with a smile. I love the ‘A-ha!’ moments where patients learn something new about their oral health and feel inspired to create positive habits.
Our personalized care means that everyone tries to get to know each and every patient on an individual basis, and we do our best to find out what their goals and needs are in regards to their dental health. I think our patients sense that we come from a place of sincere respect and care for them because we are very patient-centered.
I really enjoy being active and outdoors- hiking is a favourite of mine, and I also enjoy working out at the gym. I also love food and since Vancouver has so many fabulous restaurants, it’s almost paradise here.
I’m always up for an adventure, such as kite surfing in Spain or skydiving in BC.
My passion in preventative dentistry came from years of self negligence as a child and eventually my bad teeth started to affect my health. Having lived first-hand through series of invasive treatment, and working with my own dental hygienist, where I learned to care for my smile, helped seed my passion in dental hygiene as well!
I completed my baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene from UBC Dentistry in 2016 so that I can help those who were in the same situation I was, in this beautiful city where I grew up, where dental care has been a considerable challenge to obtain for many who are marginalized here. To help tackle this problem, I have spent the last 6 years volunteering my time in the lower mainland providing free dental care.
In my free time, I explore and immerse myself in BC and the beautiful Pacific Northwest through hiking, snowboarding, and camping. I love to capture beautiful landscapes through photography. I’m also a proud nerd and loves tech and cars. I can talk to you forever about these hobbies!
Working with this team of talented dental professionals is a dream come true and I am proud of our own professional growths and experiences we have provided for our patients here.
Laura Milare, CDA
I’ve always been interested in healthcare, and because I enjoy working with people, I decided to pursue a career as a Certified Dental Assistant, and I received my certificate from Vancouver Community College.
I’ve been dental assisting for the past ten years, and I’ve been working at Smile City Square Dental for the last two. I came to SCSD because of Dr. Mah and his philosophy of enriching lives, one smile at a time, and the people I’ve encountered while working here are one of the best parts of the job- our patients are awesome and I love everyone on our team. I think the team here is what really makes SCSD stand out because we all have a positive attitude and are on the same page.
When I’m not at the office, you might find me biking on my beach cruiser, at spin class, cooking, or travelling the world.
One last thing, my nickname is Milly.
Kim Pham, CDA & Admin
I’ve been a Certified Dental Assistant at Smile City Square Dental for the last two years, having completed my education at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College.
As a kid I always loved going to the dentist, and I was actually encouraged to pursue this career by my family dentist, who recognized and fostered my interest in the field perhaps realizing how rare it was for a kid to love those semi-annual dental appointments.
Before coming to Smile City Square, I worked at Impact Dental, along with a couple of other offices in Surrey. What brought me to Smile City Square was the opportunity to work as a Certified Dental Assistant and Admin, and the best part of the job is being able to help my team in whatever way I can.
When I’m not working, I love reading and drawing, along with exploring the great outdoors, whether it’s biking or walking the local trails.One thing you may not know about me is that I’m a part-time tutor at a local Kumon Learning Centre because I enjoy teaching and believe in the importance of education.