A warning has been issued about a man allegedly running a dentistry practice without a license at a home in Surrey.
He’s accused of exposing his patients to a number of diseases including hepatitis and HIV.
Fraser Health Authority’s Dr. Michelle Murti says anyone who received treatment from Valentyn Uvarov should see their doctor immediately.
“He’s been doing this on the side and out of the home location. We don’t know how far back this goes, or how many patients. There was no records there.”
Uvarov was running the practice out of his home on the 142-hundred block of 62nd Avenue.
The College of Dental Surgeons says it’s been watching the man busted for an unlicensed dental practice for a number of years.
Jerome Marburg says allegations against Valentin Uvarov first surfaced in 2013.
But there was no evidence at the time to put a stop to him.
“When we were first alerted to him, we did an investigation, and we weren’t able to get evidence of a practice. But we remained suspicious, and so we kept a watch on him.”
Marburg says the College is not sure how many patients might be affected by Uvarov’s practices.
Uvarov – who practiced out of his Surrey home – never kept files.
This latest incident is one of many reported by authorities in the past couple years.
In November, Chao Ming Guan of Vancouver was ordered to stop practising dentistry after investigators determined he’d never been registered as a dentist in British Columbia.
He’d been treating patients in a basement at a house on East 38th Avenue which was raided in June.
In February of last year, Vladimir Shapoval of Coquitlam was ordered to spend 45 days in jail after he violated a 2006 order to stop practising dentistry.
He was also fined 34-thousand dollars.
In October of 2013, Tung Sheng Wu was sentenced to three months in jail for illegally treating people out of a bedroom office in Burnaby.
He took off to Ontario before he was caught.