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Illegal Practice: Chao Ming Guan

​Illegal dentist Chao Ming Guan ordered not to practise dentistry

Vancouver, B.C.

26 November 2014

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC has taken legal action against Chao Ming Guan for practising dentistry illegally. Mr. Guan has never been registered as a dentist in B.C.

We were alerted to this illegal practice by a member of the public who contacted us after a family member received dental treatment from Mr. Guan.

The College’s investigators conducted surveillance at Mr. Guan’s residence at 2760 East 38 Avenue in Vancouver. Based on the surveillance, the investigators concluded that dentistry was being performed in the basement of the home. CDSBC received permission from the BC Supreme Court to conduct a search and seizure at the residence. An interim injunction was also issued that prohibited Mr. Guan from practising dentistry.

Our investigators, with the assistance of local police, carried out the search and seizure at Mr. Guan’s residence on 23 June 2014. We seized extensive dental material and equipment from the residence. No patient records were discovered, but handwritten notes referring to dental work were recovered.

Although there were some efforts at infection control, Mr. Guan’s office did not meet infection prevention and control standards required of B.C. dentists. Anyone who sees an illegal practitioner puts themselves and their family at risk for bacterial and viral infections. There is no assurance that the practitioner is competent or qualified to provide treatment, or that the materials and equipment they use are safe.

On 26 September 2014, Mr. Guan consented to a permanent injunction prohibiting him from practising dentistry and using any name or title (in any language) that implies that he is a registrant of, or associated with, CDSBC. The B.C. Supreme Court also granted the College’s request to publish his name, photograph, and address to alert the public about his unauthorized dental practice.

Going forward, CDSBC will be following up with Mr. Guan to confirm that the injunction is honoured.

As always, we advise any person who has been treated by an illegal practitioner to consult with a physician and visit a CDSBC-registered dentist to review the work done and the materials used.

To check the registration status of a dentist in B.C., you can look them up on the College’s Registrant Lookup.

Jerome Marburg, Registrar & CEO
College of Dental Surgeons of BC