We're shining the spotlight on Dr. Pidzarko, Principal Dentist at Ocean Dental in Burnaby, BC. Dr. Pidzarko tells us how the Partner Advisory Council has evolved over the years, the importance of embracing technology and digital dentistry, and his passion for sports and an active lifestyle.
Please share a brief summary of your professional experience in the industry.
I graduated in 1990 and dove right into the deep end, buying a practice with several doctors and staff. It was hard work, and a great opportunity to develop my dentistry, communication, and business skills. Over the years, I completed more comprehensive training, mainly in implant dentistry, and worked through several professional accreditations. I now help dentists develop and broaden their surgical skills to be able to provide comprehensive care. I still offer general dentistry, but my practice has evolved to focus mainly on implant dentistry.
What excites you about being on the dentalcorp Partner Advisory council? What areas of dentistry are you passionate about?
The council is comprised of key dentalcorp subject matter experts, as well as forward-thinking dentists from all across Canada. Being involved with the council is exciting and energizing, as it provides me with a clear view of the direction and objectives of the organization. It’s also a great opportunity to offer perspective and feedback on initiatives and programs under development, including regional differences to take into consideration.
What do you feel is the council's greatest accomplishment to date?
The PAC plays an important role in the organization and in the industry as a whole – this was especially true during COVID. It was an important mechanism for dentalcorp to understand what was happening across the country, and how to develop ways to practice during those times of shutdowns, modifications to how we needed to practice, adjusting how we cared for patients, and securing the necessary PPE. Understanding how different regulatory bodies approached things was essential, and the PAC played a prominent role in determining the tools and supports that were required. Regular meetings help us to action feedback quickly and respond to and even anticipate more urgent concerns. As an example, there's been concern over the shortage of personnel in healthcare across North America. The council has been able to hear the concerns directly from the practices and dentists, allowing us to better understand the issue and take action.
What motivated you to get involved with the council?
I believe strongly in providing our Partners and practices with a voice and an opportunity to shape the direction of the network and perhaps even the direction of dental care in Canada. Acting as a conduit or liaison for Partners in my area helps me better understand what's happening in the industry and helps dentalcorp refine the focus and immediate objectives of the organization.
What is your vision of what dentistry will be like 5-10 years from now?
I think there's been an explosion of technology over the years, and it continues to evolve. We now have tools like CT and intra-oral scanners that provide us with immediate feedback and the ability to do digital planning – all allowing us to execute safe, quality patient care. We can work through the entire surgery, digitally, before we perform the actual procedure. We can scan, design, and deliver restorations through CEREC dentistry at chairside. I've been involved with CEREC dentistry for 23 years and have witnessed its development. I think the practitioners who aren't embracing technology and digital dentistry will fall behind – we must embrace it to stay at the forefront of delivering the best patient care.
What do you do in your spare time, how do you relax?
I follow and play many sports, including tennis, hockey, golf, and skiing. I have a passion for water sports, and I make time to exercise regularly and do my best to take care of my health. I also love to travel, cook, and enjoy quality time with my friends and family.