Our Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Nancy Vertel

DDS, Certified Specialist - Restricted to Pediatric Dentistry UBC

 

Dr. Nancy Vertel, Certified Specialist - Restricted to Pediatric Dentistry UBCAs both a certified pediatric dentist and a mother, Dr. Nancy Vertel knows that any health problem affecting a child has the potential to impact the entire family. To protect the well-being of both child and family, she believes a more holistic approach to care is needed.

 

“After experiencing the specialized care my child received from his pediatrician, I realized that I wanted to bring that same level of specialized care to children sitting in the dentist’s chair.”

—Dr. Nancy Vertel

 

After years of specialized training, Dr. Vertel has opened Maple Ridge Dentistry for Kids to offer children in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge the specialized dental care they need in a comforting, child-centric environment close to home. 

 

Having been raised in Colombia, Dr. Vertel is fluent in both Spanish and English. When not at the office, she likes to spend time with her family. Her favourite activities are hiking, yoga and volunteering with the Special Olympics.

 

Educational Background

 

Dr. Vertel is a certified specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery and a Master of Science in Craniofacial Science degree from the University of British Columbia. She also instructs part-time at the university’s Faculty of Dentistry and is on staff at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Vertel serves as a mentor for the Golden Ears Dental Alliance (GEDA) of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge and for the Delta Multidisciplinary Dental Study Club (DMDSC) which she founded.

 

Professional Memberships

 

Dr. Vertel has hospital privileges at both private and public hospital facilities and is a member in good standing with the following professional organizations:

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada
  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • College of Dental Surgeons of BC
  • American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

 

Dr. Zina Alkafaji

DDS, Certified Specialist - Pediatric Dentistry 

 

Dr. Nancy Vertel, Certified Specialist - Restricted to Pediatric Dentistry UBC

As a mother and a healthcare provider, Dr. Alkafaji understands that children require extra care, time, and attention during a dental visit, as well as a comfortable, child-centred setting. At Maple Ridge Dentistry for Kids, Dr. Alkafaji has the perfect environment for meeting these needs and providing the best care for her young patients.

 

Pediatric Dentistry is something Dr. Alkafaji has been passionate about from a very young age. She loves sharing teeth care tips and fun and healthy snack ideas with her patients and their parents. For each of her patients, Dr. Alkafaji’s goal is to help them achieve and maintain a healthy, confident smile. .   
 

In her spare time, you will find Dr. Alkafaji at the park, beach, or biking around beautiful Vancouver with her husband and two children. She is an avid traveller, yogi, novice skier, and self-proclaimed coffee-addict.


Educational Background
 

Dr. Alkafaji is a graduate of the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois- Chicago. After graduating, she practiced general dentistry for two years until enrolling at the University of British Columbia for specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. At the university, she earned a Masters in Craniofacial Science and continues her affiliation by teaching both undergraduate and graduate students of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry.

 

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada
  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • British Columbia Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • British Columbia Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

 

Dr. Christina Chan

DDS, Certified Specialist - Pediatric Dentistry


Dr. Nancy Vertel, Certified Specialist - Restricted to Pediatric Dentistry UBCDr. Chan believes a positive dental experience can have a life-long impact on the overall well-being of a child, as well as to their entire family. Because of this belief, she strives to make each visit engaging and fun as she wants both her patients and their families to develop positive attitudes towards caring for their smiles.


“I am committed to provide each child with the best experience and tailored care to their specific needs. I always have their best interests at heart.
—Dr. Chan

 

Dr. Chan grew up in Suriname, South America and moved to Canada when she was a teenager. She speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin. When she is not in the office, Dr. Chan enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and travelling.

 

Educational Background

 

Dr. Chan holds a Bachelor of Medical Science and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Chan also attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Dentistry and a Specialty Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry.

Through continuing education courses in Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Chan stays current on techniques and advancements in dentistry materials and technology. Most recently, she completed the Update in Pediatric Medicine held in Boston by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

 

Professional Memberships

 

  • Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • British Columbia Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
 
 

Dental Visits

Whether it's your child's first dental visit or first visit to a pediatric dentist, we will make it an enjoyable and positive experience.