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We provide comprehensive, preventive and therapeutic oral health diagnosis, treatment and consultative expertise for infants, and medically compromised children and adolescents.
Our services

The dental clinic and our team of specialists offers comprehensive, preventative treatment, therapeutic oral health diagnosis and consultative expertise for infants, and medically compromised children and adolescents.

Please note: referral from a physician, a nurse practitioner or a dentist is needed to visit this clinic.


The eligibility criteria for treatment in the dental clinic and operating room are as follows:

  • children, 48 months of age and under with severe caries
  • children under 17 years of age with a significantly compromising medical condition such as cancer, organ transplant, congenital heart disease, cleft lip and/or palate, craniofacial anomaly, physical disabilities, medically diagnosed behavior management issues such as developmental delay or autism

Our team

  • Pediatric dentists
  • Oral surgeons
  • Orthodontists
  • Trainees
  • Other dental specialists
  • Certified dental assistants
  • Clerical staff and dental hygienists


Our orthodontists treat problems with the position of patients' teeth and jaws. They are often involved in treating newborn patients before they have surgery, and when they reach pre-teen and teen ages. Please note: the hospital does not offer orthodontic services on site.

Dr. Travis Gibson, DMD, MSc, Dipl(Ortho), is one of our team's Certified Specialists in Orthodontics. He was born and raised in North Vancouver, and attended the University of British Columbia for his Bachelor of Science (BSc), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Diploma in Orthodontics, and Master of Science (MSc) degrees. 

After completing his orthodontic speciality education, Dr. Gibson completed a Fellowship in Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontics at New York University where he gained extensive experience in the orthodontic management of cleft lip and palate and other congenital facial differences. 

Dr. Gibson believes in the importance of an honest and open partnership between patient, family and doctor. He works hard to ensure each person understands their unique treatment needs and options so that they can make an informed decision on what is best for them.

In addition to being a member of the BC Children’s Hospital cleft and craniofacial team, Dr. Gibson maintains a private practice in Maple Ridge which focuses on comprehensive dental care for children and teens, offering both orthodontic and pediatric dental services. Dr. Gibson is also involved in academic research with both New York University and BC Children’s Hospital, and has published studies in the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, and Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a contributing author and editor of the textbook Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics.
In his free time, Dr. Gibson likes to spend time with his wife and their identical twin boys. They enjoy outdoor activities such as biking and camping, and playing board games.

Dr. Paul Helpard is originally from Welland, Ontario. He attended the University of Western Ontario where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He then completed dental school at McGill University where he was a gold medal recipient. Following university, Dr. Helpard spent three years with the Canadian military before pursuing orthodontic specialty training at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Helpard is actively involved with the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team of B.C. He works at BC Children's Hospital providing consultation services and interdisciplinary treatment planning with numerous medical specialists. 

Dr. Helpard is a member of the Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontics, the British Columbia Society of Orthodontists as well as the Canadian and British Columbia Dental Associations. He is a fellow and examiner of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and he has completed the multistage examination process to become a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Outside of the office, Dr. Helpard likes to spend time with his wife, Christine, and their three beautiful children, Benjamin, Amelia and Sammy. He enjoys participating in many community and athletic activities.

Dr. Angie Loo, DMD, MSc, FRCDC, graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia in 1985, after which she completed her general practice residency at the Hospital for Sick Children, Hugh MacMillan and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospitals in Toronto, Ontario. 


Dr. Loo graduated with a combined certification in the specialty of orthodontics and Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology from the University of Manitoba in 1989. Following graduation, Dr. Loo returned home to establish her private practice in Vancouver and subsequently received her orthodontic fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. 


Dr. Loo is an active orthodontist staff member on the BC Children's Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Team, an Associate Clinical Professor at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry, and the course coordinator for the UBC graduate orthodontic program in cleft and craniofacial care. She lectures internationally on facial clefting and feels privileged to participate in surgical cleft missions overseas. 


Dr. Loo's passion for treating children with cleft and craniofacial differences inspired her to form the Spring for Kids Foundation in 2009, where she currently serves as the foundation's president. Dr. Loo's commitment to the treatment and education of children with cleft and craniofacial differences was recognized with a 2011 certificate of merit from the British Columbia Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontists Humanitarian Award in 2022.


When not in private practice, Angie enjoys her favourite hobbies including soapstone carving and nature photography,  and venturing the great outdoors sea kayaking with her family.  

Phone: 604-261-8890 



I have the best job in the world. I truly love getting up in the morning to come to work!

I am thrilled when I see the improvements we are able to make to someone’s appearance and function, and the enormous effect that can have on the person’s self-esteem and confidence. 

Orthodontics requires science, medicine and art, along with the ability to connect with each patient and understand what will serve them best. It is essential to develop a treatment approach that not only delivers the radiant smile, but also provides stable function so the person is able to enjoy a lifetime of oral health.

I feel very privileged to have the confidence of parents who bring their children to me and equally appreciate the trust of my adult patients. Creating something so personal that will affect the individual’s health and emotional well-being for years to come is a great responsibility.

After 35 years of practice, I take that responsibility as seriously as I did the day I saw my first patient.

Dr. Dorothy Sonya, DMD, MSc., Dip. Ortho. RCDC, Dip. ABO, CDSBC, has more than 35 years of experience in dental medicine, orthodontics and radiology.


Prior to specializing in orthodontics, Dr. Sonya was a general dentist. This experience enabled her to gain essential insight into the long-term oral health needs of the community, and that insight continues to inform her orthodontic treatment planning. She crafts each patient's treatment approach to address their aesthetic goals as well as lasting function and stability.


Dr. Sonya holds a Doctorate of Dental Medicine, a Master of Science and a diploma in orthodontics from the University of Manitoba, as well as a Master of Science in dental and maxillofacial radiology from King's College, London, England, and a corticate of clinical proficiency in radiology from the University of Washington in Seattle.


When she's not seeing patients, Dr. Sonya enjoys time with her family, friends and many community activities. 

Phone: 604-535-3028



Your visit

First visit

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment.
  • Your appointment will be approximately 1.5 hours.
  • You will see a variety of health care professionals.

Detail fees

Coming soon

Dental insurance

It is important to understand that the dental clinic does not know the details of your dental plan coverage; this information is protected by the Personal Information Protection Act. However, the dental clinic can work with you to determine what services may be covered. A dental plan can help you cover some of the costs of child's dental care. However, it is important to understand that your dental plan may not cover all of the treatment needs.

Confirm plan coverage: Before you visit the dental clinic always ensure you share any relevant information with the dental clinic, such as changes to your plan, any recent claims and/or past treatment that may affect your coverage.

Ask for a pre-determination: Once you review, discuss and agree on a treatment plan with the dentist, the dental clinic can submit a pre-determination to your plan provider. A pre-determination provides you with an estimate of what costs your dental plan will cover and what you will be responsible for. Please be aware this is not a guarantee of coverage.

Important Note: A pre-determination is usually valid for a fixed period of time (i.e. six months to a year) however, it is based on available coverage at the time the predetermination is submitted and approved. Therefore, it is important to be aware that if, between the time a predetermination is obtained and the time you receive treatment there are any changes and/or any limits reached on your plan, the final amount of the treatment your plan covers may change. If you have any doubts, reconfirm coverage with your plan provider before your treatment takes place.

Discuss payment options: Speak to the dental clinic before treatment begins so you understand what costs you will be responsible for at the time of care.

Deposits: The dental clinic may incur various expenses in preparation for your child's treatment. In such cases, the dental clinic will require a deposit to cover some of these initial costs.

Your plan's coverage: It's important to understand what your dental plan covers and what costs you will be responsible for. Ensure you have this information available and confirm any changes before you visit the dentist. Ask your employer for a plan booklet; in particular, be aware of: 

Plan limits: Does your plan have a yearly maximum based on a fixed dollar limit (i.e. $700 total coverage) or the frequency of services provided (i.e. units of scaling, or recall exams). 

Percentage of coverage: What percentage of each treatment is covered? For instance, many standard dental plans will cover 80 percent for preventive dental services (exam, X-rays, cleanings, fillings) and 50 percent for other procedures (crowns, bridges, veneers and dentures). It is rare for a plan to cover 100 percent of services. 

Fees covered for each procedure: Dental plans reimburse based on the plans fee schedule; this may differ from the fee your dentist charges. For instance, if your plan's schedule is $100 for a particular procedure (pays 80 percent of this fee) but your dentist charges $120 for the same procedure your dental plan will still only cover 80 percent of $100, or $80. You will need to pay any remaining costs, in this case $40.

The co-payment: This is the portion of the plan that you are responsible for paying. For instance, if your plan covers 80 percent of a procedure, you are responsible for the remaining 20 percent. You are responsible for any costs not covered by your plan. 

Specialist fees: While some plans may reimburse specialist fees, it is rare. Your plan will only pay for the portion of the cost based on the rate at which they reimburse; you are responsible for any variations. 

Lab fees: As part of your treatment your dentist may work with an outside lab. The lab sets its fees independently of the dental office; lab services may or may not be covered. 

Dual coverage: You may be eligible for additional coverage if you are also covered under a spouse/partner's dental plan. In this case your dental plan provides the primary coverage while your spouse or partner's plan may provide some additional support. However, this may not apply if the two plans are with the same company.

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) has established partnership agreements with four private anesthetic facilities to provide anesthetic facility fee coverage for non-cosmetic restorative dentistry for clients of the Ministry of Housing and Social Development (MHSD).

Coverage applies to children at least 24 months and up to 10 years of age whose parents/guardians receive MSP premium assistance (MHSD Healthy Kids Dental Program), and to adult MHSD clients with severe mental or physical disability.  A strict triage and post-treatment review process ensure that each and every patient receiving care through this program is clinically appropriate and effectively treated, according to established criteria and standards of care. 

  • Dental plans are not customized to your child's individual dental health needs and may, or may not, cover all the treatment needs.
  • Know what your plan covers including services, percentage coverage and/or treatment limits. Ask your plan purchaser/plan provider for details.
  • You must pay the co-paymentthe portion not covered by the plan.

Your dentist's responsibility is to your child's health. He or she will:

  • Provide treatment recommendations based on your child's dental health care needs; this may, or may not, be covered by your plan.
  • Submit a pre-determination to your plan provider, if appropriate. This will provide an estimate of what your dental plan will cover prior to treatment.

Special programs

Coming soon.

The Community Dental Partners Program provides funding to help pay the cost of facility anesthetic fees for children whose parents or guardians receive BC MSP premium assistance.

Since its inception in 2003, the program has provided anesthetic facility fee coverage for more than 11,426 patients province-wide, permitting timely and convenient access to restorative dentistry services under anesthesia. BC Children’s Hospital administers this program on behalf of PHSA, and continues to work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the BC Dental Association, Regional Dental Hygienists, and private anesthetic facility owners and operators.

If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact us at


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