Dr. Dorothy Sonya

Dr. Dorothy Sonya

Certified Specialist in Orthodontics

Title: Orthodontist

Years in orthodontics & dentistry: 28

Serving our clinic since: 1997


Professional Experience

Dr. Sonya has over 30 years of experience in dental medicine, orthodontics and radiology. She currently practices orthodontics at White Rock Orthodontic Center, and maxillofacial radiology at West Coast Radiographics.

Dr. Sonya is a also member of the Cleft Lip / Palate and Craniofacial team at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, and faculty member at the University of British Columbia's School of Dentistry.  Dr. Sonya is passionate about continuing her education, networking with experts in various fields, and bringing her knowledge back to her community.


EDUCATION

Masters of Dental & Maxillofacial Radiology – King's College, London, England, 2012
Master of Science – University of Manitoba, 1988
Diploma in Orthodontics – University of Manitoba, 1988
Internship, Faculty of Medicine, Post-graduate Medical Education – University of Manitoba, 1982
Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) – University of Manitoba, 1981

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

1993 to present: Orthodontist, White Rock, BC
1988 to 1993: Orthodontist, Winnipeg, MB
1982 to 1985: Dentist, Winnipeg, MB
1982 to 1984: General Dentist, Steinbach, MB
1981 to 1982: General Dental Internship, Post-Graduate Medical Education, University of Manitoba

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

2008 to present: Active Member of Angle Society
2003 to 2008: Affiliate of the Angle Society
2001 to present: Fellow of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (F.C.D.S.(B.C.))
2001 to present: Founding Board Member of Pacific Academy of Dental Specialties (PADS)
2000: Invisalign System Training
2000 to present: Orthodontic Team Member of Cleft & Craniofacial Team at BC Children’s Hospital
1994 to present: Member of The Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
1992 to present: Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Orthodontics (F.R.C.D.C)
1992 to present: Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (Dip. A.B.O.)
1992 to present: Member of British Columbia Society of Orthodontists
1992 to present: Member of Ortho Pac Study Club
1988 to 1994: Member Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
1988 to present: Member Canadian Association of Orthodontists
1988 to present: Member American Association of Orthodontists
1981 to 1988: Member Canadian Association of Dentists
1981 to 1988: Member American Association of Dentists
1981 to present: Member of Manitoba Dental Association
1981 to present: Member of Xi Psi Phi Fraternity

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & FACULTY APPOINTMENTS

2009 to present: Appointed to Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia
2008 to present: Active Member of Angle Society
2002 to 2008: Affiliate of Angle Society
2001 to present: Active board member and presenter for PADS
1999 to present: Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (Orthodontics)
1993 to 1994: Lecturer & Clinical Instructor for Orthodontic Assistants Module, University of British Columbia
1990 to 1991: President of Manitoba Dental Specialists Society, Winnipeg, MB
1988 to 1992: Lecturer & Course Coordinator for Undergraduate Orthodontics, Year 1, University of Manitoba
1989 to 1992: Lecturer &Clinical Instructor for Orthodontic Assistant’s Module, University of Manitoba
1982 to 1984: Clinical Instructor, Pedodontics, University of Manitoba
1981 to 1982: Clinical Instructor, Oral Surgery, University of Manitoba
1980, summer: Research Assistant - Biochemistry

LECTURES PRESENTED

2008, November: PADS: Current Advances in Orthodontic Treatment Modalities
2008, February: Case Presentation to Angle Society - Twin Block
2007, October: PADS: The Art of the Smile
2005, October: PADS: Orthodontics and Facial Esthetics
2004, November: PADS: Diagnostic Dilemmas in Orthodontic Treatment Planning: Retention and Relapse in Orthodontic Treatment
2004, September: Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO) Convention: The Paperless Office
2004, May: Guest Clinician for Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Embryology
2003, November: Pacific Academy of Dental Specialties: Facial Proportion in Facial Esthetics
2003, October: Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO): Digital Orthodontics – New Diagnostic Tools
2002, March: Pacific Academy of Dental Specialties: Osseo integrated Implants: Orthodontic & Prosthetic Considerations

2002, Winter: Women’s and Children’s Health Centre of BC - Cleft Lip/Palate & Craniofacial Symposium

2001, Fall: Pacific Academy of Dental Specialties – Straight Teeth Talk
2000, May: Continuing education seminar for assistants: Considerations in Retention & New Technological Advancements

1999 to present: Examiner for RCDC in Orthodontics
1998: Continuing education seminar for hygienists – Considerations in Retention
1998: Continuing education seminar for White Rock Dental Association – Considerations in Orthodontic Appliance Therapy
1997, May: Clinical Instructor for BC Dental Assistant’s Orthodontic Module
1995: Peace River Valley Dental Association: Straight Teeth Talk
1987: Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO): Molar Uprighting 
Poster Presentation

PUBLICATIONS

1980: Effect of light on prolactin levels in sheep
1988: Thesis: Biomechanics of Molar Uprighting
2012: Thesis: Radiation levels in Cone-beam machines