Meet Dr. Robert Holditch, BSc, DDS

Dr. Robert Holditch brings over four decades of experience to Summerland Dental Centre. He is committed to excellence and high standards of care, and loves the opportunity to help educate his patients and boost their confidence. “My measure of success is what I can do for my patients and seeing their satisfaction – and smiles,” says Dr. Holditch.

As a child, Dr. Robert was always impressed by the gentle nature and kindness shown by his family dentist. That ultimately helped determine his career path. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at University of Alberta in Edmonton and was deciding between a future in medicine or dentistry. “I realized I enjoy performing intricate work with my hands and dentistry provides me that opportunity on a daily basis. And I kept thinking back to my own experience visiting the dentist, so I entered the dental program at University of Alberta.”

Upon receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS), he moved to British Columbia to start a practice in Kamloops. After four years there, he loaded all his belongings into his 1972 yellow Datsun to set up a new practice in the Vancouver area, where he ran a successful dental practice for 35 years with surgical privileges at Surrey Memorial Hospital. It was a wonderful community and a special place to raise our family and I am blessed to have two great sons and four granddaughters. I have spent a good part of my career in the Lower Mainland. But getting there was something! “That poor car was packed to the roof and could barely make it up the hills but it was a fun road trip and I was excited by the new venture,” he recalls with a laugh.

With his decades of experience, he is recognized for his expertise in full mouth reconstruction, dental implants, advanced root canals and oral surgery, orthodontics, prosthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and sedation anesthesia. “I’ve done extensive training in orthodontics, and enjoy cosmetic dentistry and the advanced restorative treatments, like veneers, crowns and reconstructive cosmetics. I am pleased to be bringing sedation dentistry to Summerland Dental as it allows dentistry to be done in a relaxed and stress free manner for the patients without having to enter the hospital. Sedation dentistry is done in a manner that allows those patients with anxiety and fear to manage their dental needs in a pleasant and caring atmosphere.

After selling his dental practice in the lower mainland in 2015, he was drawn to Kelowna for the weather, the natural beauty of the area, the golf courses and boating on Lake Okanagan.

When not at Summerland Dental you’ll find Dr. Holditch boating on the lake, swinging his clubs on the golf course, riding his bike, visiting some of the great wineries and restaurants in the Okanagan, and spending time with his family.