MEET OUR TEAM

Our Story

Born and raised in Manitoba to a family of professionals, Derek and Janice chose to also be educated in their home province. Soon after graduating, they moved west to Vancouver to build their professional careers.

Devoted to dentistry and also fired by a passion and love for family and friends, the two siblings felt that a focused force on a friendly, professional family practice would be successful.

They decided to join forces in developing a practice in family dental care, and have been practising in Kitsilano for over 20 years. A couple of years into their practice, and after careful consideration, they set up in our current location and we’ve been here ever since.

Along the way we have renovated to accommodate three associate dentists (one of whom is a periodontist), resulting in shorter waits for appointments and a more complete range of services.

With CDA’s, Hygienists and front desk personal, we have 13 professionals to look after your dental health needs, and help make sure your visits with us are as pleasant as possible.

 
 

Dr. Janice Okamura

A 1990 graduate of the University of Manitoba Janice came to Vancouver in 1991.  She practiced for many years in Burnaby and Vancouver prior to opening Okamura Dental in May of 2005. 

Other than Janice’s passion for dentistry she enjoys spending time with her husband Scott, 3 children, Liam, Sachi and Kaori and her dog Piper.

Dr. Mike Conway

Dr. Mike Conway received his DMD degree from the University of Manitoba in1991.  Upon graduating he was selected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon HonourDental Society.  He went on to complete an oral surgery internship program in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1992.

Mike is a consummate student of dentistry partaking in numerous continuing education courses and study clubs.  He is a proud graduate of the world-renowned Kois Center of Creative Restorative Excellence in Seattle, Washington, where he currently serves as a mentor to fellow dentists. 

Dr. Conway has a special interest in implants and cosmetic dentistry as well as comprehensive oral rehabilitation. Mike has a tremendous passion for dentistry and when asked what fuels this passion, he says it is summed up by “so others may smile.”

Dr. Ivana Gojic

Dr. Ivana Gojic graduated from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine D.M.D.) degree in 2006. She moved to Vancouver in 2010 and after completing the Canadian equivalency process, conducted by National Dental Examining board of Canada, became a registered dentist in BC. Dr.Gojic is a member of College of Dental Surgeons of BC, BC Dental Association and Canadian Dental Association.

Ivana is passionate about dentistry, focused on providing gentle dental care to restore function and beautiful smiles. As a general dental practitioner, she has a special interest in endodontics, cosmetic and pediatric dentistry. Dr.Gojic participated in continuing education courses in order to keep up to date with newest treatments, materials and advances in technology. 

Her number one desire is to be able to offer and provide the most advanced dental care available to each and every patient. A happy patient is her greatest reward. Dr. Gojic looks forward to meeting you and taking care of all your dental needs.

In her free time, Ivana enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves skiing, hiking and tennis which makes Vancouver a perfect home for her and her family.

Jackie Chen

As a native Vancouverite, Jackie grew up in Kitsilano attending Trafalgar Elementary and then Prince of Wales High School. Becoming a professional was her goal so she chose UBC science and a year later, Dental Hygiene.

In 2011, Jackie graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science and sought to find a home for her demonstrated talents. Okamura Dental represented for her the very type of family practice she was looking for, and as a bonus, it is located in her childhood neighbourhood. 

Although her adult clients are very comfortable with, and appreciate her, Jackie very much enjoys working with children. This positive attitude along with her focus on improving oral health with client comfort in mind, makes Jacqui an easy fit into the family practice Okamura Dental has built over the past decade plus. Jackie takes great pleasure in motivating and empowering her patients to achieve optimal oral and overall health.

When away from the practice, Jackie enjoys walking her dog Cody on the beach, snowboarding and working out, all of which works in her favour since she also loves chocolate, especially with Thomas Haas nearby.

Luba Chernov

Born and raised in Russia, Luba immigrated to Canada with her family in 2000 and invested the time to study English. Armed with her grade 12 English Degree from Vancouver Community College, and with a little encouragement from a friend who graduated from the CDA program at VCC, she decided to follow the same path into the profession of dentistry.

Finding a dental chair-side job while she waited to get into the course provided her with a good understanding of the dental office environment before going into the course. Luba performed exceptionally in her course-work leading to her graduation in 2005.

Luba worked in a couple of different dental offices to improve her skills and knowledge in order to establish a sound dental basis for her career going forward. In April 2015, Luba joined the team a Okamura Dental as assistant to Dr. Derek Okamura.

Jaclyn

Jaclyn has been with Okamura dental as a registered dental hygienist since 2007.  Originally from rural Saskatchewan, she took her training at SAIST (Sask. Polytechnic) as a dental assistant (1999) and as a dental hygienist (2003) - an accumulation of over 20 years of experience in our profession.

At your dental hygiene appointments with Jaclyn you can expect a kind and empathetic approach to client care.  Always willing to answer any questions, Jaclyn's number one goal is to enable you to make important life-long decisions about your oral health based on the knowledge obtained from your continuing care appointments.

Jaclyn has contributed to Okamura Dental by developing a stellar dental hygiene program in which you can expect the highest quality of care and excellent treatment results regarding your periodontal health.  It is always of utmost importance to Jaclyn that you be as comfortable as possible during care sessions.

With Jaclyn you will find a person who cares deeply for interpersonal relationships. In her words, "Probably one of the most rewarding aspects of my profession is the relationships I have developed with my clients.  I look forward to seeing them as I do old friends. My colleagues at Okamura Dental and my clients have become an extended family over the years."

In her spare time Jaclyn enjoys family time with her husband and son, camping and many trips to Saskatchewan.  She also loves to cook and try new restaurants, client recommendations are always welcome!!!

Charmian

Graduating as a Certified Dental Assistant from Douglas College, Charmian proudly entered the Dental Profession in 2011. Quickly, she became a full-time CDA and enthusiastically undertook working with her patients in caring for their teeth. 

Steadily building her skills since then and always the consummate professional, Charmian worked confidently and precisely to bring out the best in smiles.

With her professional growth and dedication, Charmian was recently added to the Okamura family as a Hygienist. 

Charmian enjoys creating a comfortable space where patients feel they can ask questions and discuss any aspect of their dental health. Through her proven abilities and dedication to dental health, she looks forward to building long-term relationships with her patients.

In her spare time, Charmian’s creative side comes out as she applies herself with the same vigour and enthusiasm in arts & crafts, and recently, a green thumb made itself known. Adding to her already full life, Charmian is a half-marathoner and also takes part in dodgeball and dragon-boating.

Lorelei

Lorelei is a graduate of the Certified Dental Assistant program at Vancouver Community College. The number one reason she decided on a career in dentistry is because she wanted to see people smile.  Her favourite things about her job are learning new things and seeing her patients leave happy.

Lorelei is a member of the Lil’wat Nation of Mount Currie, British Columbia, just North of Whistler. She worked in the customer service industry in Whistler for 10 years before moving to Vancouver in January 2012 to pursue new passions in life.

Some of Lorelei’s favourite hobbies include hiking, jogging, hitting the gym, spending time with friends & family, and going to see live music such as blues, rock, hip hop and dance.

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