Advanced Training

We are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians

As your dental health professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians.  We pride ourselves in providing the care you need to keep your smile.  To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning.  We attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions ( to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care.  Also, being members of various professional dental dental associations helps us to stay abreast of the changes and recommendations for our profession.

At Summerland Dental Centre, both Dr.Abougoush and Dr. McIntosh and their staff are passionate in continued dental learning.

Our interests in improved patient care are the main goal and focus of our office. With “patient care” in mind our continuing education is pursued.

At the top of our list is the training we have attended at the Kois Center ( Located in Seattle, the Kois Center offers a complete dental philosophy and training program which puts patients and patient treatment planning as the primary concern. This knowledge is paramount for new patient exams, emergencies and in the continuous care of our established patients. Dr.  Kois teaches assessment of patient’s risks to dental disease by evaluating them over 5 main parameters. These include: 1) Gum and Bone 2) Biomechanical (teeth) 3) Bite and Chewing (TMJ) 4) Smile Characteristics and 5) Medical Precautions.  Taking these 5 parameters into account, a risk profile is developed for each of our patients (see below) .  A personalized treatment plan is established to minimize risk and create predictable restorative solutions for long-term dental health.  


With this in mind the Kois Center provides 27 hour modules over ten stages to teach, define and hone the attending dentist’s skills in all five areas. The Kois Center has been instrumental in both Dr. Abougoush’s and Dr. McIntosh’s patient care philosophies. We invite you to log onto the website to fully appreciate what a state of the art educational facility the Kois Center is. We are proud to announce that by March 2009, every training session will be completed, representing 270 hours of additional dental training. Our staff is currently working on a Kois Center online training module which gives them working knowledge of our new dental care doctrines.

Our next educational development has occurred simultaneously with our “Kois Courses” and involves the exciting field of dental implants. Located in Langley, BC is the Ickert Teaching Center ( which is a state of the art teaching facility dedicated to the training of dental implant placement and restoration.

Both Dr. Abougoush and Dr. McIntosh have completed all of Dr. Ickert’s courses including advanced surgery and his mini-residency. These ongoing studies have already involved over 200 hours of training under Dr. Ickert’s personal guidance.   Dental implants and their use in dentistry has become the most powerful treatment option for patients with missing teeth. The predictable solutions for patients are a paramount objective of the Ickert Training Center and is closely tied and endorsed by the Kois Center.

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