Sage Dental Implant & Smile Centre – Serving Langley Since 2001

At Sage Dental Implant & Smile Centre, your comfort and appearance are our top priority. To ensure we provide the best quality of dental care, we use the highest quality materials and the latest innovations in the dental industry. We look forward to meeting you and building a great relationship with you!

Core Values

Our vision is to provide the best dental experience through excellence. Here are our 4 core values.

1. We are a passionate team that is committed to improving our patients overall health and well-being

2. To serve with: Compassion, Integrity & Humility

3. To foster a welcoming and respectful environment for both our team and patients

4. To empower and educate through evidence- based techniques and digital technology

Mother’s Day Smile Makeover

Dr. Kara has been doing Mother’s Day Smile Makeovers since 2014, which he has donated over $250,000 of his services to deserving moms in the fraser valley.

Meet the dentists

Dr. Maria Tugbang
Dr. Maria Tugbang
Dentist
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Dr. Maria Tugbang studied Psychology and Dentistry at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1990 and later a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1994.

She enjoys dentistry and participates in many continuing education programs to update her skills. She has trained with some of the world’s most prominent cosmetic dentists.

Dr. Tugbang is a Graduate and Mentor at the Kois Center, a prestigious and highly-acclaimed post-graduate school for dentists located in Seattle, Washington. She helps facilitate dental courses on topics such as comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning, functional occlusion, periodontics, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, prosthodontics including as implants, dentures, bridges and crowns. She helps fellow dentists learn and implement systems that focus on managing patients’ risk factors and developing treatment plans for long-term, predictable success. For more information about the Kois Center, Advancing Dentistry through Science, please visit www.koiscenter.com

She has also trained with some of the world’s best implant dentists. She received extensive training in surgical placement of implants, hard and soft tissue grafts from Ickert Implant Teaching Centre under the mentorship of Dr. Norm Ickert, a respected local expert in the field of implantology and comprehensive dentistry.

She has taught in University of British Columbia as a clinical instructor to help dental students perform restorative procedures on their patients. She has also worked in Outreach clinics in Vancouver and Guatemala providing dental services to the underprivileged.

Dr. Tugbang is rapidly becoming known as a leading Langley cosmetic dentist. Her experience and knowledge in Langley cosmetic dentistry is nothing short of the very best. She brings creativity and meaning to her service by using everything that her education, training, experience, intuition, and integrity dictate to provide the best and appropriate care.

Credentials and Memberships
  • Kois Center, Advancing Dentistry Through Science
  • The Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Study
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  • Aligntech Institute for Invisalign
  • International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
  • Biolase Technology for Waterlase Laser Dentistry Canadian Dental Association
  • British Columbia Dental Association
  • CEREC Certified Doctor Provider
Dr. Shafiq Kara
Dentist
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Born in Alberta and now residing in Vancouver, Dr. Shafiq Kara graduated as the Valedictorian from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario in 2004. He has since been practicing in downtown Vancouver, Langley, and Coquitlam with the goal of providing the highest quality of personalized dental care.

Dr. Kara’s special interests are in complex smile design, advanced reconstruction, rehabilitative and sedation dentistry. He has devoted countless hours to continuing education every year, travelling across North America to learn from the best cosmetic, restorative and specialist dentists. Dr.Kara has trained at the prestigious Spear Scottsdale Centre for Dentistry, studied cosmetic smile design and veneer placement under New York celebrity dentists Lituchy & Lowenberg, and at the world-renowned Kois Center in Seattle. The Spear and Kois Center are widely recognized as two of the most elite dental training facilities in restorative, esthetic and prosthodontic dentistry in the world.

As a working fellowship member of the Doctors of Conscious Sedation Organization he has been providing safe and comfortable oral sedation dentistry for the past seven years.

Since 2005, Dr Kara has provided Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® . He is a clinical instructor at UBC dental school, and is also the team dentist for the Langley Rivermen Junior A Hockey Club. He has also worked in an outreach dental clinic in Vancouver providing dental services to the underprivileged.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Kara enjoys hockey, golf and travelling to new places. He loves to spend time with his wife Zahra, close friends and family.

If you want to improve your smile and are looking for a dentist who is dedicated to offering his patients a positive and professional dental experience Dr Kara is the dentist for you.

Credentials and Memberships
  • Invisalign® Premier Provider
  • Kois Center, Advancing Dentistry through Science
  • Spear Scottsdale Centre for Dentistry Faculty Member
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) Member and Fellowship Candidate
  • Clinical Instructor U.B.C. Faculty of Dentistry
  • Canadian Dental Association
  • British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA)
  • Botox Cosmetic® Certified Provider
  • Academy for Sports Dentistry
  • Team Dentist Langley Rivermen Junior A Hockey Club
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
  • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
  • CEREC Certified Doctor Provider
  • FOCUS Westcoast Study Club
  • Ortho Success Study Club
Dr. Sam Soufi
Dentist
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Dr. Sam Soufi studied at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2013 and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2017. The UBC Faculty of Dentistry recognized him for his outstanding contribution to providing dental services to the underserved populations in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. He is a member in good standing of the Canadian Dental Association, the British Columbia Dental Association, and the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. He has pursued numerous additional continuing courses in digital smile design, orthodontics, and laser dentistry. His clinical interests include digital dentistry, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, root canal treatment, and oral surgery. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Soufi enjoys travelling, skiing, and playing tennis. 

Dr. Jonathan Kao
Dentist
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Dr. Jonathan Kao grew up in Toronto and obtained his BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto. After moving to Vancouver, he completed his Master of Science in Experimental Medicine, and then Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has been practicing dentistry in Vancouver for over 24 years.
Dr. Kao is well known for his patience and gentleness in the treatments he provides. He has many patients who search him out because they appreciate his light touch in taking care of their dental needs. His meticulous nature and integrity drive him to provide patients with the best results achievable. He maintains his commitment to excellence by frequently attending various advanced dental lectures, conferences and hands-on clinical programs. His greatest satisfaction comes from patients who smile confidently after their restorative dental work has been done.
In his spare time, Dr. Kao enjoys travelling with his family to all parts of the world and learning about the various fascinating cultures. He enjoys all kinds of sports, especially hockey and tennis. He is most happy and gratified when he watches his teenage son compete in the tennis tournament circuit.

Meet the team

AMANDA
Practice Administrator
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A dental professional since 2009, Amanda spent the first 9 years as a Certified Dental Assistant. Amanda is inspired by the way dentistry can change a person’s life from their overall health to their self confidence. Amanda is a very proud member of Sage Dental Implant and Smile Centre, the dentistry we are able to provide to our patients and the unparalleled patient care are what drive her every day.

When not in the office, Amanda can be found spending time with her young kids and her husband. She enjoys boating with her family, cooking and spending time with friends.

MEGHAN
Treatment Coordinator
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Meghan graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2011 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Meghan has spent years in a pediatric dental office and orthodontic offices prior to joining the team at Sage Dental. Meghan’s vast knowledge of dentistry makes it easy for a client to confide in her and discuss treatment options available to them.

When Meghan is not bustling around the office she can be found skiing and visiting with friends and family.

KAYLA
Scheduling Coordinator
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Kayla graduated from the Dental Reception program in 2011. She is a valued member of our team who works hard to ensure our clients are happy and taken care of. Kayla also brings a vast knowledge of dental insurance.

Kayla was inspired at a young age by a family friend who was in the dental field and she knew that was where she needed to be. She has always had a passion for dentistry and helping others.

Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and friends. You can often find playing hockey, snowboarding, on the water or in the mountains.

JEN
Hygiene Coordinator
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Jen entered dentistry in 1992 as she felt that it would be a very rewarding career, Jen quickly discovered it was just as she expected. Jen is the smiling face that you will see when you walk in the door, she enjoys meeting the patients and knowing that our office provides life changing experiences.

In Jen’s spare time she enjoys being with her husband, son and daughter as well as their 5 dogs. Whether it be on the sports fields or at a flyball tournament she always has something on the go.

RAMAN
Registered Dental Hygienist
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Raman began her career in dentistry as a Certified Dental Assistant in 2002 before going back to school and graduating as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2007. Raman’s ability to be empathetic with the needs and concerns of our clients results in patients feeling instantly at ease in her chair. Her greatest reward is seeing a patient that started in our practice as a high-fear sedation patient and has evolved into a comfortable, happy, non-sedation patient. Raman excels in educating her patients to better maintain their oral health.

Outside of work, Raman enjoys working out, good food and spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

RENEE
Registered Dental Hygienist
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Renee began her career in the dental industry as a Certified Dental Assistant in 1992, after 5 years of working as a CDA she was offered a position at a local college in Ontario, teaching the Level 2 CDA program. Although Renee enjoyed teaching, her goal was to become a Dental Hygienist. After 6 years of instructing, she returned to school and graduated in 2003 as a Dental Hygienist. Renee’s forte is in building trusting relationships with her patients, which results in her clients reporting a wonderful experience. Having been an instructor, Renee learned that education is ongoing and to that end she is diligent in keeping pace with new advancements in the dental industry while keeping in mind that it is the whole person being treated.

Renee enjoys spending time with her two lovely grown daughters, family and friends. Renee leads an active life from figure skating to golfing, hiking and skiing.

AISTE
Registered Dental Hygienist
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Aiste came to Canada from Lithuania in 1997 where she was working as a dentist. She fell in love with Vancouver and decided to make it her permanent home. In 1999, she started working as a chairside assistant. In 2007, she graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist from Vancouver Community College. She was honoured to receive 5 academic awards, one of them for the highest overall achievement in clinical and academic studies. In 2013, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene at UBC and has taught at UBC’s Continuing Education Program.

Aiste and her husband have 2 children, Sierra and Ash and enjoy travelling and outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, camping, biking, skiing and snowshoeing.

AIMEE
Registered Dental Hygienist
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Aimee graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2008. Not long after graduation, Aimee found herself immersed in her true passion that is dentistry. Aimee thrives on the relationships that she builds with her patients. She excels in educating her clients allowing them to improve and maintain their oral health.

Aimee enjoys cooking, travelling and spending time outdoors with her husband and two darling daughters.

MELISSA
Certified Dental Assistant
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Melissa graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant in 2009 What Melissa most enjoys about her role is the fact that she can witness first hand life changing dentistry. Melissa has a wonderful ability to ensure that a client is comfortable during all visits. In Melissa’s spare time you can find her spending it with her two beautiful girls or organizing our office softball team!

DOMINIQUE
Certified Dental Assistant
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Dominique began her career in dentistry in 2008 while working at a dental laboratory, where she assisted in fabricating dentures, nightguards and porcelain crowns. Her love for dentistry grew with her time spent in the lab and she knew she wanted to have a more interactive role with the clients. Dominique graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant in 2013. Dominique’s calm demeanour allows her to help the most anxious of clients feel at ease in our office. When Domonique is not working, she enjoys spending her time playing soccer, hiking or snowboarding with her husband.

Elyse
Position
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