Dr. Kevin Bougher**
I knew early on in my career planning that I wanted to be in a scientific and/or clinical field of some sort, but that I also wanted to help people. Having been in the chair too many times for my own liking, I can honestly say that I understand what it feels like to be the patient. I found my fit in a field where care and compassion are so very important. My career in dentistry provides me with the perfect combination of practicing science and compassion. I have the opportunity every day to make a difference and I find this to be extremely fulfilling.
I graduated from the University of Alberta, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1990 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1992, and have been in practice in the Vancouver area since moving here 1992. After working in North Vancouver and Burnaby, I joined Dr. Ken French in 2000, settling in the downtown core. In 2011, I purchased this practice from Ken, becoming sole proprietor and re-naming it The Vital Smile. Ken and I still work together in the new space and have enjoyed a long and happy professional relationship. It is our personal commitment to strive to always be ahead of the curve in providing excellent comprehensive and compassionate patient care.
I enjoy all aspects of dental practice and am always improving and educating myself with further courses in various aspects of clinical dentistry. I am currently working to complete the Level 5 Certificate Program in Smile Design at the Frontier Institute, the final clinical level required before a doctor can pursue instructor status with the Institute.
** indicates owner of the practice
Dr. Andrew Bass
As a young child with many dental problems (and many dental visits, consequently), I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to see my future profession from the other side. Ultimately, it was the experience of these dental visits, coupled with great dental care, that first made me consider dentistry as a profession. Seeing dentists prevent and alleviate pain while also helping people smile proudly every day inspired me. I owe my smile to great dentists, and I work hard every day in hopes that my patients may say the same thing.
Originally from New Brunswick, I graduated from Dalhousie Dentistry in 2009 and promptly moved to the Lower Mainland in an attempt to escape winter. My first seven years of practice were spent in New Westminster where, through continuing education and great mentorship, I was able to expand my skills as a general dentist and also focus some attention on my interests in advanced restorative techniques and surgical procedures. Sense of community is very important to me, and I am happy to have joined The Vital Smile and to service the community where I choose to live.
Dr. Michelle Sayour
When it was time to choose a career, I knew I would be happy in an artistic, hands-on field, yet I was quite interested in science as well. Having had some cosmetic dentistry done as a teen, I saw firsthand how it could change someone's life. This led me to ask my dentist how she chose her career, to which she replied, " if you like art, and people, it's perfect." I made my decision then and there. I'm so grateful to have chosen a field that continues to be so rewarding and enjoyable for me for these very reasons every single day.
I earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Dalhousie University and have been practicing in Vancouver since 2002. I've also completed additional studies in Smile Design at the Frontier Institute and am grateful for the opportunity to help our patients smile brighter and with more confidence