Parkland Dental Centre isn’t Dr. Bruce Prokopetz’ first dental practice, but it is here, in the small community of Sicamous, that this seasoned practitioner plans to settle down and enjoy the final chapter of his extensive dental career.
Having practised in the dental industry for over 25 years, Prokopetz has worked at large-scale clinics, opened, revamped and sold his own start-up clinics and volunteered his time and expertise abroad in countries in need.
“I am happy we are ending with this practice,” says an excited Prokopetz, who opened the family-owned-and-operated office on Aug. 28, after completing extensive renovations of the space – a process that started in April.
“We are spoilt with what we have to work with,” Prokopetz says of Parkland Dental Centre, noting that the centre boasts leading dentistry equipment and that he is privileged to work with a great team of specialists.
When he and his family were making the decision of where to open a practice, Prokopetz, who lives in Armstrong, said the most logical place was Sicamous.
“I love it,” he adds. “The thing I love is the people… there is that small community feel that is so huge.”
He said when looking at the population-to-dentist ratio, Sicamous showed the need for another practice, and with the slow- down in the winter, it offers Prokopetz and his team the opportunity to complete mission work in other countries.
In the past, he has travelled to Borneo in Indonesia, and this January, has been given an invitation to travel to Zanzibar, Tanzania in East Africa, but he says that no matter where he practises, he promises the same level of care to all of his patients.
“Going to the dentist can be a scary thing,” he admits. “Here, you can expect to be comfortable, a great environment and top care.”
His wife, Valerie, who works alongside her husband at the centre, suggests giving Parkland Dental Centre a try if you have ever had a bad experience in the past – you won’t be disappointed.
“He is painless; he has been all the 27 years I have gone to him,” she says.
Prokopetz started his studies at the Canadian University College in Lacombe, Alta and graduated from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California in 1986.
Until further notice, Parkland Dental Clinic is open Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To book an appointment, you can stop by the office at 4-1133 Eagle Pass Way or call 250-836-6665. Watch for the open house soon to come.