Dr. Derek Pollard grew up in Coquitlam, BC. He attended post-secondary education at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. Majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Biochemistry, he received a Bachelor of Science with honors. After graduating from SFU, Dr. Pollard relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba after being accepted in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry. Dr. Pollard graduated with honors with a Doctor of Dental Medicine four years later.
During the next year, Dr. Pollard practiced dentistry at two separate general practices in the city of Winnipeg. He additionally worked for Health Canada, traveling to remote First Nation’s communities in Northern Manitoba to offer dental care to these under-serviced communities. Along with his general practice in his first year, Dr. Pollard also held a part-time faculty member position at the University of Manitoba in the Undergraduate Orthodontics department.
Dr. Pollard decided to pursue his passion for Orthodontics in 2008 and headed back to the University of Manitoba as a student after being accepted into the Graduate Orthodontics program. He successfully graduated with a Masters in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics after three years of study.
Since graduation, Dr. Pollard and his wife Courtney moved the beautiful Okanagan Valley. The Kelowna area is ideal for them since they love keeping active with snowboarding, wakeboarding, playing golf and biking. It is the perfect location for raising their family while pursuing their dental dreams.
Dr. Pollard has earned a caring reputation. He is committed to hard work and is passionate about delivering functional, healthy and gorgeous smiles. In 2011, he opened the doors to his Kelowna office, Mission Creek Orthodontics. More recently, he opened Pollard & Perrin Orthodontics in West Kelowna to serve more clients. Dr. Pollard looks forward to discussing your orthodontic needs and explaining how this can impact the longevity of your oral health.
Dr. Derek Pollard is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Orthodontics, College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, Canadian Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists. Additionally, he is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists in Canada. Dr. Pollard currently sits as President of the Kelowna & District Dental Society (KDDS) and is also President and Founder of the Kelowna Orthodontic Study Club (KOSC).