Abbotsford dentist agrees to not practise

A disciplinary hearing has been cancelled for Dr. Clark Stelmaschuk, whose licence was suspended last year.

A disciplinary hearing has been cancelled for an Abbotsford dentist who had his licence temporarily suspended by the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. (CDSBC) early last year.

The hearing was scheduled to begin Jan. 30 in Langley. According to the CDSBC website, it was cancelled because Dr. Clark Stelmaschuk, 69, agreed that he would not, in future, apply for registration to the CDSBC or the governing body for dentistry in another province or foreign jurisdiction.

Without registration, Stelmaschuk is prohibited from practising dentistry.

He has made no admissions of misconduct, according to the CDSBC.

The college temporarily suspended his licence in February 2011 after it received six complaints from patients from 2008 to 2010 involving dental work performed at his practice on Bourquin Crescent West.

Stelmaschuk unsuccessfully fought in B.C. Supreme Court to have the suspension lifted.

According to court documents from the case, the complaints related to “surgical techniques, diagnostic ability, radiographic interpretation, restorative treatment, implants, record-keeping, pain management protocols and patient relations.”

A hearing had been scheduled to determine the validity of the complaints and whether Stelmaschuk should face any further disciplinary action, such as a permanent suspension or practising under certain conditions.