Playtime Pediatric Dentistry | Vancouver + South Surrey Pediatric Dentist

 

Compassionate, caring and experienced. In the world of dentistry, we’ve come a long way. Dr. Ella Choi understands that childhood experiences carry through to adulthood – and going to the dentist is no exception.

At Playtime, we pride ourselves in making the concept of being scared to go to the dentist – obsolete. We’re a fun and friendly dental office created just for kids. Dr. Ella Choi offers your child an exceptional experience whether getting a check-up, cleaning or a filling on their baby teeth.

  • Locations

    We have two clinics to serve you, conveniently located in South Surrey close to Morgan Crossing Mall as well as in Vancouver near Cambie St. and Broadway.

  • Insurance

    At Playtime Pediatric Dentistry, we are pleased to accept insurance. Direct billing means you will only need to pay your portion.

  • Options

    We tailor each treatment plan to your child's needs. Different sedation options such as laughing gas, conscious sedation and general anesthesia are offered. We also offer white pediatric crowns instead of metal ones.

  • Fees

    We are pleased to offer our services at the fixed rates of the BC Pediatric Dentistry Fee Guide.

Playtime Pediatric Dentistry | Our Philosophy | Vancouver + South Surrey Pediatric Dentist

When a dentist appointment is the best play date of the week.

Oral health can be an educational and fun playtime for children. We’re dedicated to creating positive experiences for families by providing a playful environment, child-friendly language and applying behaviour management techniques. We build a trusting relationship with children while providing exceptional dental care. The result? A healthy, happy smile.

Playtime Pediatric Dentistry | Meet Dr. Ella Choi | Vancouver + South Surrey Pediatric Dentist

Dedicated to dentistry, dedicated to families.

I am a certified pediatric dentist and the founder of Playtime Pediatric Dentistry. At Playtime, we use tailored behaviour guidance techniques to promote a positive dental attitude and offer sedation to provide the highest quality of care safely. I received my Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Alberta. Prior to specializing in Pediatric Dentistry, I worked as a general dentist in Calgary, Alberta. I received a Diploma in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of British Columbia. I also have a Masters Degree in Craniofacial Science. My research was about x-ray radiation in pediatric patients.

I am a member of Canadian Dental Association, Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, British Columbia Dental Association and British Columbia Society of Pediatric Dentists. I am also a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, which makes me a board certified specialist in Canada.

I believe in giving back to the community, especially to help underprivileged children. In 2014, I volunteered at Special Smiles at the Special Olympics in Vancouver. In 2013, I volunteered at Open Wide Community Day in Burnaby. In 2011, I went to Guatemala for a volunteer trip with Dentistry for All. I worked as a clinical professor and taught dental students at the University of British Columbia. Currently, I am on the executive board as the Vice President for BC Society of Pediatric Dentists.

My husband and I enjoy travelling, hiking and skiing in our spare time. We love living in the Lower Mainland because it is the perfect place for us to work and play.

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Playtime Pediatric Dentistry | Meet Dr. Francis Rhee | Vancouver + South Surrey Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Fran is a highly-skilled and certified pediatric dentist with exceptional qualifications. Dr. Fran takes a gentle approach to his dental practice and will provide our patients with excellent, patient-centered dental care.

 

After receiving his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from UBC, Dr. Fran completed his General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York and then pursued and completed his Pediatric Dentistry Residency at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Fran has been certified with a Fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and he is a member of the College of Dental Surgeons, the Canadian Association of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Canadian Dental Association.

 

Dr. Fran is passionate about helping children and giving back to those in need. His volunteer activities include acting as a dentistry representative in a community health initiative for underprivileged children and providing dental care to elementary school children at volunteer dental clinics.

 

On the personal side, Dr. Fran is married to his dental school sweetheart, Irene, who is now an Orthodontist. He is excited to be returning to Vancouver and in his spare time, Dr. Fran enjoys hiking, playing golf, tennis  and snowboarding (sometimes even in the terrain park with full safety gear, including a mouthguard!). He also loves reading young adult novels (his favorite still being Harry Potter!), watching movies and eating at delicious restaurants with his wife. His favorite animated character of all time is Olaf from Frozen and he also loves Hei Hei the chicken from Moana.

Playtime Pediatric Dentistry | Meet the Team

Two Locations

We have two convenient locations to serve you. One located in the heart of Vancouver on Broadway and the other is near the Morgan Crossing mall in South Surrey on Croydon Dr. We are serving Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, White Rock, South Surrey, Cloverdale, Aldergrove, Delta and Langley.

The Clinic

Located near the Morgan Crossing mall in South Surrey at #104, 2630 Croydon Drive, we serve White Rock, South Surrey, Cloverdale, Aldergrove, Delta and Langley.

Meet the Team

Our professional dental team is devoted to making sure your child has the best possible experience and receives excellent, comprehensive treatment. We take pride in our long-term relationships with our families, starting from the very first call to our office. We take the time to get to know you and your children and their needs.

  • Heather
    Dental Receptionist

    When you contact us, Heather is the one helping you with a smile. Heather has worked as a dental receptionist since 2006, and her favourite part of the job is getting to know our patients and parents. As a child, she loved going to the dentist, and now she ensures our child patients have the same positive experience at the dentist. When she is not in the office, you can find her playing softball, walking her dogs or spending time with her family and friends.

  • Ashley
    DENTAL RECEPTIONIST

    Ashley has been working in the health care field since 2009. As of 2016, she decided to branch into the dental field. Ashley loves working in a pediatric office because she enjoys helping children conquer their fears and have a positive experience. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son, baking and doing crafts. Her family also enjoys fishing, camping and spending their time outdoors.

  • Erin
    Certified Dental Assistant

    Erin has been working in dentistry since 1999 enjoying both assisting and reception positions. She loves getting to know all the little friends who come visit us because they have the best stories. Outside the office, Erin enjoys spending time with family and keeping up with her own son and daughter. Her favorite part of the week is Sunday dinner with her rapidly growing extended family.

    Erin is currently on maternity leave until summer 2017.

  • Alyssa
    Certified Dental Assistant

    Alyssa is a sweet and happy-go-lucky dental assistant who loves getting to know our little patients. Alyssa’s favourite part of being a dental assistant is connecting with patients and creating a positive atmosphere for everyone. Outside of the office you can find Alyssa spending time with friends and family, hiking, doing yoga, and coaching or playing volleyball.

  • Katelyn
    CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT

The Clinic

Located in the heart of Vancouver at #601, 805 W Broadway, Vancouver, we serve Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond. Our professional dental team is devoted to making sure your child has the best possible experience and receives excellent, comprehensive treatment. We take pride in our long-term relationships with our families, starting from the very first call to our office. We take the time to get to know you and your children and their needs.

Meet the Team

Our professional dental team is devoted to making sure your child has the best possible experience and receives excellent, comprehensive treatment. We take pride in our long-term relationships with our families, starting from the very first call to our office. We take the time to get to know you and your children and their needs.

  • Cheryl
    DENTAL Receptionist
  • Winnie
    DENTAL Receptionist
  • Sheela
    CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT
  • Olivia
    CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT
“Dr Ella and all her staff members are very cooperative, very polite with children and they're my daughter's favorite. - Jas K.”