|Dr. Preety Desai is a native of Toronto, Ontario with 12 years of postgraduate training but calls Kamloops her home now. She attended the University of Toronto for a degree in Human Biology. She received a dental degree from McGill University and then chose to spend an extra year at the world famous Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as a dental resident treating medically compromised children along with Hugh McMillan Medical Centre and Bloorview Children hospital. She then practiced as a general dentist for 3 years subsequently in private practice in Toronto - in addition to the Department of Public Health treating underprivileged children and also worked in retirement homes for the aged and disabled. She has also spent many months in Northern Ontario (Sioux Lookout) working as the dentist on staff at many first nations reserves.
After 3 years of general practice, she chose to specialize in Periodontics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC Canada. After graduation in 1995, Dr Desai and her husband loved British Columbia so much that they chose to settle in Kamloops, BC in order to raise their two active sons.
Dr. Desai has organized and participated in numerous continuing education courses on various topics related to periodontics and dental implants. She is a published author in Periodontics and Laser Periodontal Surgery.
Dr. Desai also has privileges at Royal Inland Hospital & the Private Surgical Centre in Kamloops.
Dr. Desai took sabbatical leave in 2010 travelling, working and teaching in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. She has since returned home to Kamloops, BC and has resumed her laser implant periodontal specialty practice encompassing new cutting edge techniques and skills accumulated while on sabbatical. Her new eco friendly office is worth seeing!
What is a Certified Specialist in Periodontics?
A periodontist is a general dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. Certified specialists receive extensive training in these areas and are familiar with the most recent and proven techniques for treatment and diagnosis of the periodontium. We also work with microsurgical techniques to perform plastic surgery of the mouth.
A periodontist is also one of 3 specialties that have been trained in a standardized and accredited university environment. These programs are three years in length today with post graduate training and a requirement of board certification to practice as a certified specialist and the ability and honour of being called a certified specialist. Dr. Desai continues to surpass minimum continuing dental education requirements set by the province in order to extend her dental knowledge each year at professional meetings and in the university environment.
Dr Desai is the ONLY periodontist in Kamloops who calls Kamloops HER HOME. She moved here in 1996 and her two children were born and raised here and as such her community is VERY important to her and GIVING BACK is an essential part of living in a community.
||Dr. Desai is in full time specialty practice in midtown Kamloops and is an active member and in good standing with:
She has lectured/taught at:
- BC College of Dentists
- Licensed in the State of Washington
- Kamloops & District
- BC Society of Periodontology
- Canadian Academy
- Western Society
- American Academy
- Academy Of Osseointegration
- Canadian Dental Association
- Member, International Team of Implantology (ITI)
- Masters Training,
- Licensed in NZ and Washington State
Communities and Charities Supported
- University of British Columbia, Dept of Periodontics
- University of Toronto
Dept of Periodontics
- Thompson Okanagan
- Pacific Dental Conference
- BC DenturistsÂ‚ Society
- Local dental and hygiene
- Lectured in Auckland New Zealand
- Western Canada Summer Games August 2011
- Kamloops SPCA
- Kamloops International Film Festival
- Kamloops Hospice
- TRU Foundation
- Aberdeen Elementary School
- Royal Inland Hospital Foundation
- Project X Theatre Productions
- South Kamloops Secondary School
- Kamloops Rotary
- CIBC Run for Cure
- Kamloops Business Women's Group
- Kamloops Area Preservation Association
- Kamloops Blazers
- Kamloops Storm
- Kamloops Youth Soccer Association
- Kamloops Minor Hockey Association
- Kamloops Rugby Club
- Kamloops Art Gallery
- Kamloops Community YMCA
- Sun Peaks Ski Patrol
- Terry Fox Run
- Boogie the Bridge
- Kamloops Women's Shelter
- Big Brothers & Sisters