Why the Bus?
Dr. Peter Walford has worked out of this mobile dental clinic for the last 30 years, after a decade of prior dental practice in Vancouver, Duncan, Tahsis, and the Comox Valley.
This mobile clinic moves between Hornby and Denman Islands, which lie near the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, about 100 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Each island has a population of 1000 persons, and the"Dental Bus" spends half the month at each island.
At 304 square feet, it may be the smallest clinic in British Columbia. However, it effectively services these two communities and allows enjoyment of a beautiful rural lifestyle.
Dr. Walford operates a small organic farm,and builds boats and runs a sailing school in his spare time. He is a graduate of McGill? School of Dentistry, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, seeCARDP has practiced for 42 years. He also has become a noted dental educator, presenting nationally at dental meetings, and mentors online study groups at the request of the BC Dental Association. He is a retired triathelete.
The interior of the bus is similar to a yacht, as boat-building is one of Dr. Walford's hobbies. It features accents of yew, alder, yellow cedar, teak, birch and fir in a curvaceous and harmonious decor that takes full advantage of all the light and ventilation provided by the windows and doors of a bus.
Despite its small size, it does not seem cramped or crowded. Any dental practitioner could work out of it comfortably, enjoying two dental chairs, two x-rays, in-floor heat, multi-zone stereo, and all the digital, laser, sterilization and safety systems of a modern clinic. There are innovative mercury removal systems to purify the wastewater stream and also maintain air quality in this small space during amalgam removal.
Meet the Doctor
Dr Walford employs two Certified Dental Assistants and works with a number of laboratories, producing a wide variety of fixed and removable reconstructions, including implants, mini-implants, and cast gold technique as taught by Dr. Richard Tucker. These procedures have frequently been revised to benefit from adhesive technology, see Adhesion Bridges and Inlay Adhesive Bridges.
The intense and inescapable responsibility of these small face-to-face communities is a powerful stimulus for the development for a strong and trustworthy composite technique. As well, the creative milieu of these highly educated and cultured islanders encourages the development of innovative solutions to clinical problems that may lack adequate conventional solutions.
The small budgets of many islanders, and the proportionately fewer patients on dental insurance than urban practices, have necessitated the development of cost-efficient ways of treating advanced restorative needs. As well, the small scale of the practice requires tight control of overhead expenses. Often there are fusions of better clinical outcomes, reduced overheads, reduced costs for the patient,and lessened environmental impacts.
Dr. Walford lectures to a variety of audiences on Composite Dentistry and Adhesive Prosthodontics. See Upcoming seminars for a description of the program offered in this area. For articles written in dental journals, see Published Articles. For a product developed by Dr. Walford which effectively produces more functional posterior restorations through better reporduction of shape, see Bandbender
Dr Walford is married with four children and eight grandchildren. With his wife Robin, in addition to the dental practice, he operates an organic market garden, and hosts a small hospitality business. Robin is retired from a career as an early childhood educator.