The Lakeside Dental team share their gratitude for 32 years of serving central Island patients, and best wishes for the year ahead.

The Lakeside Dental team share their gratitude for 32 years of serving central Island patients, and best wishes for the year ahead.

Looking forward at decade’s end with gratitude and thanks

Central Island dentist reflects on a rewarding practice, and the opportunities to come

By Dr. Robert Wolanski

Lakeside Dental Clinic and Vancouver Island Implant Centre

As we approach the beginning of the next decade, I wanted to shift my article to one of gratitude and thanks. I have had the privilege of serving thousands of patients over my 32 years of practice in Nanaimo. Over this time there have been many changes and improvements in how we deliver dental care.

I’ve had the privilege of studying with the best minds in dentistry. Pioneering dental implants in the Vancouver Island area has been very fulfilling. I have had the opportunity to improve many lives over the years with techniques that were simply not available when I started to practice in 1988. The improvement in quality of life that we’ve been able to give patients with ill-fitting dentures is still the most rewarding thing I can provide people. As well, the ability to intravenously sedate highly nervous patients and provide care that could not be given otherwise has been most rewarding.

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I’m in the business of preventing and reducing the suffering of others. I could not do this without the wonderful team I work with. I’m grateful for the excellent staff that I am blessed with. We do have days that can be particularly demanding and stressful, and our work would not possible without their dedication and hard work.

I’m also grateful for the many wonderful patients I have come to know and treat over my many years of practice. It’s humbling to now see children of patients that I treated when they were just children. I have also said goodbye to many wonderful patients who have passed away during my career. I think of them often and remember their voices and smiles.

Sometimes we can be overwhelmed with day-to-day activities and do not express our gratitude as much as we should. So to everyone I have had the privilege of meeting over the years, I would like to say thank you.

I am grateful to my wife Ivka, who has been a light and beacon in my life and continues to teach me what it means to love. As I approach the latter stage of my career I will be spending more time mentoring young dentists and working for our provincial dental association. Giving back to the profession that has served me so well over the years is indeed fulfilling.

Fortunately my health has been excellent and except for the odd sore back and needing reading glasses, I expect to be practicing another 10 years. There is much to look forward to in our lives and I look forward to providing the level of care our office has become known for.

Wishing all of you the best in 2020.

•••

Learn more about Dr. Wolanski and the Lakeside Dental Clinic at lakesidedentalclinic.ca or call 250-756-1300. Learn about the Vancouver Island Implant Centre at 250-756-1666.

Just Posted

Seiners fill the waters between Comox and Nanoose Bay during roe herring fishery. file photo, Pacific Wild
Quota debate heats up on the eve of Vancouver Island herring fishery

Industry and conservationists weigh in how much catch should be allowed as DFO decision coming soon

Joan LeMoine. (Peter McCully photo)
OPINION: Joan LeMoine represented the very best in all of us

Beloved Parksville area volunteer left an indelible mark on the community

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
536 COVID cases, 7 deaths reported as B.C. find its first case of South African variant

Henry said 69,746 people have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine.

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s. (Canadian Press file)
Full parole granted to former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse of boys

Alan Davidson convicted of abusing boys in B.C. and Saskatchewan in late ’70s, early ’90s

The first COVID-19 vaccine arrives in B.C. in temperature-controlled containers, Dec. 13, 2020. (B.C. government)
More vaccine arrives as B.C. struggles with remote COVID-19 cases

Long-term care homes remain focus for public health

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has expressed his frustration with harassment of people who have made racist comments online about Cowichan Tribes in the wake of a COVID-19 outbreak in the First Nation. (Citizen file)
Island mayor calls for de-escalation as social media gets uglier in racism fight

“Racism is wrong. But so is this kind of reaction”:

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said a lack of experienced crew members and the inability to detect navigational errors is what led to a Sooke search and rescue boat running aground in February 2019. (Twitter / @VicJRCC_CCCOS)
TSB: Sooke search and rescue boat crash caused by ‘misinterpretation of navigational information’

Crew members were lacking experience and unable to detect navigational errors

The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada is prepared at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected in 60 B.C. First Nations by next week

B.C. has allocated 25,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to First Nations for distribution by the end of February

Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone questions the NDP government in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 25, 2020. (Hansard TV)
Todd Stone says he’s not running for B.C. Liberal leadership

Kamloops MLA was widely viewed as a front-runner

Wireless voice and data services are out for those on Telus as of Thursday (Jan. 14) afternoon across Western Canada, Telus Support said in a recent Tweet. (Black Press file photo)
UPDATE: Telus services restored across Western Canada

Telus said they are monitoring the situation to ensure connections remain stable

Screenshot from video.
2 students arrested in assault of transgender girl at Lower Mainland school

Mother says daughter was targeted because of how she identifies

Most Read