Health authority warns patients of fake Surrey dentist

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The Fraser Health Authority is warning anyone who may have received dental treatment services from Valentyn Uvarov to seek medical advice and get tested for infectious diseases.

Uvarov has been practicing dentistry without a license from his make-shift practice at 14275 – 62nd Avenue in Surrey. It is unclear how long he has been practicing dentistry, although the first allegations of his illegal practice were made in 2013.

The College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. investigated the residential location where he treated patients and are particularly concerned with infection prevention and control practices found at the site. He may have even re-used anesthetic containers for his patients, which poses a risk of infectious disease transmission.

“Clients may be at risk of blood borne infections, including hepatitis B, C and HIV, from exposure to non‐sterile materials during their treatments there,” reads a statement by the Fraser Health Authority.

Anyone who has received dental treatment from Uvarov is advised to contact their health care provider or call 8-1-1 to address any health concerns.

This also follows a warning issued by the College last week when it took legal action against Wei Ming (Margaret) Du for practicing dentistry with only a dental assistant certification. Investigators searched her Vancouver home at 1381 East 34th Avenue and seized extensive dental material and equipment. However, no patient records were found.

In late 2013, Tung Sheng (David) Wu was arrested for practicing dentistry without a license from his Burnaby residence for a decade. Investigators discovered nearly 1,500 patient files in his residence, where he used his living room as a waiting area and bedroom as the operations room.

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