28 April 2015
The College of Dental Surgeons of BC has taken legal action against Wei
Ming (Margaret) Du for practising dentistry contrary to the Health Professions Act
and regulations. Ms. Du has never been registered as a dentist with
CDSBC although she formerly held certification with CDSBC as a certified
CDSBC began an investigation after being contacted by a member of the
public. The investigators conducted surveillance at Ms. Du’s residence
at 1381 East 34 Avenue in Vancouver. Based on information
gathered through surveillance, CDSBC received permission from the
Supreme Court of British Columbia to conduct a search and seizure at the
residence. An interim injunction was also issued that prohibited Ms. Du
from practising dentistry.
Our investigators, with the assistance of local police, carried out the
search and seizure at Ms. Du’s residence on 23 June 2014. We seized
extensive dental material and equipment from the residence. No patient
records were discovered.
On 31 March 2015, Ms. Du signed an agreement not to perform dentistry
and prohibiting her from using any name or title (in any language) that
implies that she is a registrant of, or associated with, CDSBC.
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.
CDSBC advises 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. More information for
patients of suspected illegal dentists is available here.
To check the registration status of a dentist in B.C., you can look them up on the College’s Registrant Lookup.