Meet Dr. Peter Lam – President & Principal Executive Coach

Education

Peter was one of the youngest graduates to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Alberta in 2000 at the age of 23. He received awards and scholarships for his clinical and academic work including the Dr. Harris S Wood Prosthodontic Scholarship and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Implant Award.

Peter went on to complete his Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) with the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital and the Eastman Institute For Oral Health. During this one year residency, Peter was able to further advance his clinical skills.

Working as a Dental Associate

While working as a dental associate in Calgary for seven years, Peter learned how to work efficiently in a fast paced, assignment based dental office. In this time he began focusing on becoming a complete general dentist in all clinical areas including Invisalign, implant surgeries, wisdom teeth surgeries, sedation dentistry, endodontics, pediatric dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Peter Lam, President

Dental Practice Owner and Office Manager – Learn More

In 2007, Peter bought an existing dental office that had plateaued in its growth. In the first year after taking over, the office saw a 60% increase in production and West Market Dental continues to grow year over year. Over the last 12 years, production has increased over 400%.

What began as a team consisting of 1 dentist & 4 staff members is now a team of 3 dentists & 13 team members. Peter renovated and expanded the office from a 3 operatory analog office to a modern digital 9 operatory office. In 2016 and 2017 where due to the recession, the average dentist in Calgary saw a 10-20% decrease in production, West Market Dental grew 22%.

Wanting to understand every aspect about the business of dentistry, Peter managed the practice himself for the first nine years before he delegated the office manager role.

Peter Today

In 2014, at the age of 37 and after having reached his goal of financial independence, he reduced his clinical hours to one and a half days a week so he could pursue his other interests and spend more time with family. In 2019, he sold his practice at a value of over 7.5 times the price that he had paid originally for the practice 12 years prior.

Peter continues to practice dentistry part time and focuses his clinical work on Invisalign orthodontics, comprehensive reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry with associated bone grafting, and botox treatment for esthetics and TMD.

Founder and President of Insight Dental Consulting

It is important to Peter to be able to share his experience and knowledge with other dentists so they can achieve their financial goals.

Co-founder of the Calgary BizDent Practice Management Study Club

Peter is a part of a group of dental practice owners that meet quarterly to discuss strategies and challenges related to owning and operating a dental office.

Part-time Clinical Instructor at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in the School of Public Health and Safety – Dental Assisting program

Humanitarian Work

Peter volunteers locally and internationally with organizations including The Alex Dental Health Bus, Global Health Outreach, and Kindness In Action. Peter’s volunteer work has taken him to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Cambodia. Peter is also active within his church community and recently, along with his wife Helen, oversaw the sponsorship of a Syrian refugee family through their church.

Kindness In Action in Cambodia
Peter volunteering with Kindness in Action in Cambodia

Business Ventures

Peter’s entrepreneurship extends beyond dentistry. He is a partner in a real estate company that owns and operates multi-family and commercial properties throughout Alberta and is a former co-owner of a Montessori School.

Passions

Outside of dentistry, Peter is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys boating and aquaponics. Peter operates a home aquaponic system and aspires to use it as a proof of concept for an eco-friendly, sustainable large scale commercial aquaponic operation.

People

Peter attributes much of his success to the many people in his life that have helped and inspired him. Peter’s family came to Canada as refugees when he was 3 and at a very young age, his parents instilled in him the value of hard work and honesty.
Peter believes that success is a team approach and this has especially been true in his life. He is thankful to have the support of his wife and for an amazingly dedicated and talented team at West Market Dental.