Dr. Matthew Choi
Growing up in Richmond, I attended the University of British Columbia for my undergraduate degree in Honours Biochemistry and subsequently for my dental degree. Since then, I’ve spent time exploring the beautiful interiors of BC, while practicing dentistry in Prince George and Cranbrook. Returning to the big city after getting married to my beautiful wife Sherry, I look forward to establishing myself in Surrey and Delta and to providing exceptional dental care to patients.
As a life-long learner, I strive to attend 200+ hours of continuing education each year. Over the years, I have continued my learning in various areas of dentistry including endodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. I continue to study under the guidance of the prestigious Kois Institute (Seattle, WA) and the Spear Education Institute (online/Scottsdale, AZ).
In the past, I have enjoyed organizing dental clinics for the less-privileged population of the Vancouver Downtown East Side and have provided free dental treatment at the Salvation Army dental clinic in Cranbrook, BC. I have also traveled far to volunteer at orphanages in Brazil and have provided dental education (en Español) to rural communities in Honduras.
In my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my family. You may find me running/biking along the False Creek seawall on sunny days or struggling up the Grouse Grind on weekends. See you around!
- British Columbia Dental Association
- College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- How important is patient education in your opinion?
To me, educating patients means empowering them with the knowledge and understanding they need to make their own decisions regarding treatment. I believe that knowing what you want and why you want it are the greatest motivation to maintain your own oral health.
- How do you involve patients in their care?
I start by listening to patients about their concerns and encourage them to ask questions about different treatment options (which oftentimes can be confusing). Over the years, I have come to empathize that the most ideal treatment may not be the best treatment for each particular patient. My goal is to empower my patients with the knowledge and understanding they need to make an informed decision.
- How would patients describe a consultation with you?
A good listener who carefully explains the what’s, the how’s, and the why’s behind each treatment option and one who makes me feel comfortable without being pressured to make a decision.
- In what ways are you a personal smile coach for your patients?
No matter where you are from or the language you speak, a smile is universal. It conveys energy, kindness, and happiness. It makes you and the receiver feel good. I have seen perfect harmonious smiles from beautiful cover models to genuine toothless smiles from the happiest farmers in rural Central America. The message does not change. However, if a person restricts their smile simply because they don’t like their teeth and they want to do something about it, I will be there to help.
- How do you involve patients in their procedures?
I understand that going to the dentist is not always a pleasant experience and I will do my best to make patients feel comfortable, whether they would like a play-by-play or just a summary of what was done.
- What qualities make a dentist successful?
The most important quality to me is simply being a good person – To treat patients honestly as I would my own family.
- In what ways is dentistry like art?
One aspect of dentistry is to restore teeth to how they were or how they ideally should be. To mimic nature is to integrate art with science.
- What do you like most about your job?
I get to talk to different people (and sometimes multiple generations of their families) every day and I have the unique opportunity to help them, whether it is getting them out of pain or making them enjoy smiling more.