Christopher Chan Dentist 03

Dr. Christopher Chan


English, French
Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
General Practice Residency
NYU Langone

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come? I loved going to the dentist! It might have helped that my mom would always get my sister and me treats after going. Also, my pediatric dentist had video games in the waiting room and a treasure chest! I always wanted traditional braces but was never fortunate enough, although most would say I was fortunate! And before you go and say, "he loved going to the dentist because he never had any work done"—not true! I have a root canal, a crown, and some fillings!

What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Being in a position to reduce the nerves and anxiety that a lot of patients feel when they think about going to the dentist and potentially having treatment done. I also really enjoy explaining the work we'll be doing in ways that patients can understand, so it doesn't seem so overwhelming. It's extremely rewarding when patients say, "that wasn't so bad, I don't know why I was so nervous." That always puts a smile on my face.

What’s something your patients might be surprised to learn about you? I competed in a downhill ice cross sport called Red Bull Crashed Ice at the World Championship event in Quebec City, Canada.

How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button? Some delicious food and a good series to binge watch on TV, or watching my hometown hockey team: the Vancouver Canucks.

In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing? A profession that would allow me more flexibility to work remotely, whether that be from home or abroad.

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really? My nephew, Oliver!! He's the best—and so friggin' cute!

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