British Columbia

Unlicensed dentist Valentyn Uvarov's patients warned by Fraser Health

New documents have been released, revealing the equipment used by illegal dentist Valentyn Uvarov, as officials warn former patients about the risk of hepatitis and HIV.

Clients of unlicensed dentist at risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis B and C, due to non-sterile equipment

Surrey man Valentyn Uvarov has been accused by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC of providing dental treatments without a license, but he claimed to CBC reporter Jesse Johnston that the instruments were just for his family. (CBC)

Health officials are warning clients of a Surrey, B.C., man posing as a dentist that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and C, or other blood-borne infections due to non-sterile equipment.

Valentyn Uvarov was allegedly providing dental treatments at 14275 62 Avenue in Surrey without a licence, according to an investigation by the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.

"At this point, he's under a court-ordered injunction to never do this again," said Jerome Marburg of the college.

Uvarov has also been ordered to pay the college $10,000 by the B.C. Supreme Court.

"That doesn't nearly cover the costs that the college and its registrants pay for the investigation and prosecution of this, but it helps," said Marburg.

The investigation identified "concerning" practices — that may have exposed patients to diseases — such as potentially reusing anaesthetic containers, according to a release from the Fraser Health Authority.

Court documents detail 10 pages of equipment seized from Uvarov's home by the college, including surgical instruments, root canal sealant, and dental pliers.

Uvarov claimed instruments were for his family

CBC News spoke to Valentyn Uvarov at the location of his alleged illegal practice, and he claimed he only had a few instruments to treat his family.

"Nothing happened, but I have some instruments in my house, for my family," said Uvarov to CBC reporter Jesse Johnston.

When asked if he was treating patients in his home, Uvarov said no, and closed the door.

He gave a similar explanation to investigators, saying he was only treating friends and family, according to the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.

However, the equipment seized from his home was consistent with a medium-sized dental practice, said the college.

Patients advised to talk to health care provider

No proper records were found, so there's no way to know exactly who was treated and when, the college said.

The College of Dental Surgeons is urging anyone who did get dental work from Uvarov to see their health care provider.

"The most important thing is you get proper care, nobody's going to fine you or punish you if you go to somebody that isn't licensed."

The Fraser Health also suggests Uvarov's past clients can call the B.C. Nurses line at 8-1-1.

Court document showing items seized from Uvarov's home

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With files from Jesse Johnston

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