Dentists

 

Dr. Mario Sertic, B.Sc. (Zool.), B.Sc. (Pharm), D.M.D.

Dr. Mario completed his dental degree at the University of British Columbia in 1999, and he also holds degrees in Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After three years practising in Vancouver, he returned to Vancouver Island in 2002 to practice dentistry near his hometown of Parksville. Dr. Mario wanted to be a dentist ever since he was young, but please don’t hold that against him! Patients enjoy his great sense of humour and easy chairside manner.  He belongs to the Nanaimo Spear Study Club and enjoys keeping current with the constant advances in dentistry. Outside of work, his passions are soccer, tennis, many outdoor pursuits, travel, and spending time with his wife, son, and daughter . He also volunteers time coaching in the Harbour City Football Club.

Dr. Renate Simmons, D.M.D.

Dr. Simmons completed her dental degree at the University of British Columbia in 1999 after studying General and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She originally hails from the sunny Okanagan Valley, and practised dentistry in Vancouver for several years after graduation. She moved to Vancouver Island in 2002, and has enjoyed every minute of the beautiful Island lifestyle ever since! Dr. Simmons has a gentle and caring chairside manner, and has a particular interest in cosmetics and facial esthetics. She is a Certified Invisalign® Provider who annually achieves Preferred Provider Status, and has completed full training in Botox® injections and has been administering them since 2008. She regularly volunteers time to the Vancouver Island University Dental Programs as a Clinical Instructor. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Simmons enjoys yoga, tennis, hiking and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.

Both Dr. Sertic and Dr. Simmons are active members of the community and are engaged in a variety of professional associations.  As active members of the Canadian Dental Association, the Association of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, and the Nanaimo and District Dental Society, they pride themselves on keeping up-to-date with all the latest techniques and innovations in dentistry, attending numerous continuing education courses and conferences each year. They are also happy to support the University of British Columbia Dental Program and Alumni Initiatives, and several other community-directed programs such as the Save-A-Smile Campaign, providing assistance and dental treatment to members of the community in need, and provide annual bursaries locally at Vancouver Island University and Nanaimo and District Secondary School.