Meet Our Team
Ifraza – Treatment Co-ordinator
Ifraza joined Dr. Yamaoka’s team in February 2017 bringing with her over 20 years of experience from general practice. She is very excited and grateful to learn and grow as part of an amazing team. As a Vancouverite, she enjoys long walks, hiking, swimming, hot yoga and spending quality time with her teenagers. Ifraza’s outgoing and cheerful personality brings joy to both our patients and team.
Gagan – Treatment Co-ordinator
Gagan began her career in 2012 as a Certified Dental Assistant and joined Dr. Yamaoka’s team in October 2016. She brings that previous clinical knowledge with the goal to provide the best possible experience for our patients. Her bright and enthusiastic manner is a wonderful addition to the Yamaoka team. In her free time, she can be found perfecting the latest makeup trend or spending time with her husband and family.
Jacquie – Treatment Co-ordinator
Jacquie started her career in dentistry in 1997 as a receptionist and then expanded her knowledge to graduate as a Certified Dental Assistant in 2001. That same year, she joined Dr. Yamaoka’s practice as one of his surgical assistants. Following 6 years of assisting Dr. Yamaoka, Jacquie moved into the position of Treatment Co-ordinator. Her knowledge from working along side Dr. Yamaoka in surgery has proven to be invaluable in providing outstanding care for our patients. Born and raised in Vancouver, Jacquie enjoys walking her dog, music festivals, cooking and experiencing the variety of cuisines our city has to offer.
Bonnie – Certified Dental Assistant
Bonnie has been a Certified Dental Assistant since 2001. She started working in general practice, followed by a year long hiatus in Australia and travelling through South East Asia. Upon returning to Vancouver, she joined Dr. Yamaoka’s team. Working in a specialty practice has exposed her to the amazing aspects in periodontics and the excitement from learning new technical advances or meeting interesting patients. Creating positive energy with her work is important and she carries this enthusiasm to all aspects of her life. She enjoys spending time with her family, chasing sunsets and travelling the world.
Erica – Certified Dental Assistant
Erica started her career as a dental receptionist but quickly developed an interest for the clinical side. Upon graduating from the Certified Dental Assisting program at Vancouver Community College in 2010, Erica has been working as a surgical assistant since. Having worked as both a receptionist and an assistant has helped her see dentistry in different ways which has been both inspiring and rewarding. With a bachelor’s in European History, Erica has traveled to several countries in Europe and hopes to add to her list in the future.
Priscilla – Certified Dental Assistant
Priscilla was called back to Vancouver in 2016 by her family and the coastline after living and working as a dental assistant in Calgary. She has spent her career assisting in the full spectrum of dentistry but has always had a strong interest in the precision and fine details of surgery. In 2017, she met Dr. Yamaoka and his team and their friendliness, patient care and work ethic stole her heart and the rest is history. Priscilla is also a certified yoga and acro-yoga instructor. In her spare time when she is not teaching, travelling or upside down in midair, she is adventuring in the mountains or along the coast with her two Australian Shepherds, Cove and Echo.
Erin- Certified Dental Assistant
Erin started her career as a Certified Dental Assistant in 2003. She loves her career choice and is appreciative of her broad dental background, including both clinical assisting and teaching future dental assistants. Erin takes great pride in her work and providing only the best for patients. She is happy to be part of a team with the same values. Outside of dentistry, she can be found swimming many kilometres in English Bay or other bodies of water abroad and exploring local trails with her dog, Cargo.
Aiste – Registered Dental Hygienist
Aiste came to Canada from Lithuania in 1997 where she was working as a dentist. She fell in love with Vancouver and decided to make it her permanent home. In 1999, she started working with Dr. Yamaoka and Dr. Basaraba as a chairside assistant. In 2007, she graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist from Vancouver Community College. She was honoured to receive 5 academic awards, one of them for the highest overall achievement in clinical and academic studies. Shortly after graduation, she returned to Dr. Yamaoka’s practice as a Dental Hygienist. In 2013, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene at UBC and has taught at UBC’s Continuing Education Program. Aiste and her husband have 2 children, Sierra and Ash and enjoy travelling and outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, camping, biking, skiing and snowshoeing.
Kelly – Registered Dental Hygienist
Kelly received her Diploma of Dental Hygiene from Vancouver Community College in 2007 and continued her studies at UBC to obtain her Bachelor of Dental Science. Over the years, she has gained valuable clinical experience as a dental hygienist in both general and periodontal practices. Kelly has been part of Dr. Yamaoka’s team since 2012 and she strives to provide individualized oral health care to her patients. Kelly enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, and simply taking in the beautiful sights that Vancouver has to offer.
Elsa – Office Manager/Human Resources
Elsa was born in Monterrey, Mexico and received her university degree in marketing from the Technologico de Monterrey. Early in her career, she was involved in working for non-profit organizations and later worked as Marketing Director for the first computer and software distributor in Mexico representing Intel and Microsoft. In 1995, she moved to Canada and helped transition Dr. Yamaoka into Dr. Neil Basaraba’s practice. She enjoys being part of Dr. Yamaoka’s team to create an outstanding dental practice and patient experience. Elsa enjoys travelling, skiing, reading and finding amazing restaurants in Vancouver’s culinary scene.