4 May 2015
The College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) has taken legal action
against Mr. Valentyn Uvarov of 14275 – 62 Ave, Surrey for practising
Mr. Uvarov has never been registered as a
dentist in B.C. and is not associated with any of the legitimate dental
practices operating in the area.
Mr. Uvarov was not following infection control protocols. No sterilizer
was recovered during CDSBC’s search and seizure. Of greater concern,
investigators discovered partially used carpules of anaesthetic, which
raised the concern that he may have reused them on different patients,
thus creating a risk of blood-borne infection. This case has also
prompted Fraser Health to issue a public service announcement urging
anyone who received dental treatment from Mr. Uvarov to seek medical
treatment or call 8-1-1.
Mr. Uvarov came to CDSBC’s attention in September 2013, when we received
an anonymous tip from a member of the public. We investigated at that
time but were unable to obtain evidence of a dental practice at the
During a subsequent investigation in fall of 2014, we did find evidence
that dentistry was being conducted. We obtained a search and seizure
order from BC Supreme Court and entered the residence on 17 March 2015.
Investigators recovered a wide variety of dental instruments and
supplies that would be consistent with a modest-sized dental practice,
including dental crowns, partial dentures, bridges, surgical
instruments, scalers, dental drills, and root canal equipment. No
patient records were found.
On 24 April 2015, the BC Supreme Court granted a consent order that
prohibits Mr. Uvarov from engaging in the practice of dentistry or
holding himself out as a dentist in any language. Mr. Uvarov was also
ordered to pay CDSBC $10,000 towards the costs of the investigation.
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.