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Illegal Practice: Vladimir Shapoval

Dental regulator pursues legal action against Vladimir Shapoval
for contempt of court

Coquitlam, B.C.

18 December 2013

UPDATE 26 February 2014: Read the BC Supreme Court Decision in the case of Vladimir Shapoval

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC has taken legal action against Vladimir Shapoval for providing dentistry services illegally and breaching an order of the BC Supreme Court. Mr. Shapoval has never been registered as a dentist in B.C.

Mr. Shapoval came to our attention in 2006 when a member of the public complained about dental treatment they received from him. The College brought legal proceedings and Mr. Shapoval consented to an order prohibiting him from practicing dentistry or holding himself out as a dentist. In the wake of the Tung Sheng Wu investigation, the College committed to following up on previously-issued injunctions, and this file was reviewed as a result of that commitment.

The College’s investigators conducted surveillance at Mr. Shapoval’s residence at 3209 Salt Spring Avenue in Coquitlam. Our investigators gathered evidence indicating that dentistry was again being performed by Mr. Shapoval, despite the existing injunction. We asked for – and were granted – permission from BC Supreme Court to conduct a search and seizure at Mr. Shapoval’s residence. The court also issued an interim injunction that prohibited Mr. Shapoval from practising dentistry.

Our investigators carried out the search and seizure with the assistance of local police at Mr. Shapoval’s residence on 11 October 2013. We seized extensive dental material and equipment from the residence. There were no patient files found.

On 17 December, the College appeared in Court to report on the search of Mr. Shapoval’s residence. As the file was previously sealed by Court order, the College sought, and was granted, the Court’s permission to publish Mr. Shapoval’s name, photograph, and address to alert the public about the unauthorized practice of dentistry.

This matter will be back before the Court for a hearing sometime in early 2014.

Although Mr. Shapoval’s practice did not meet infection control standards required of BC dentists, it was clear that there were some efforts at infection control. After consulting with health authorities, we believe a public health alert is not warranted. However, 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.

We recommend that any person who is treated by an illegal practitioner consult with their physician and that they visit a competent and accountable dentist (registered with the College) 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