Meet Dr. John Pappel

Dr. John Pappel is known throughout our region as a compassionate, skilled orthodontist who excels at not just creating stunning and healthy smiles for his patients, but for treating each patient with respect and cultivating a relationship with her or him. As an orthodontist, Dr. Pappel understands that every person who comes to him for care has unique clinical needs, as well as individual goals for seeking treatment. He works with the patient to find treatment options and then determine a care path that is right for each person.

Having practiced orthodontics for more than 30 years, Dr. Pappel still loves his profession and its unique combination of science and art, which come together to create excellent oral health and beautiful smiles while improving lives.

Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

  • University of Toronto, Bachelor of Science
  • McGill University, Doctorate of Dental Surgery
  • University of Minnesota, Master of Science and Certificate in Orthodontics

In addition to his formal, degreed education, Dr. Pappel is committed to continually expanding his knowledge of oral healthcare and honing his technical skills, as well as understanding the new technologies that decrease treatment length and improve results. He belongs to four study clubs, has studied extensively on Invisalign® and early treatment, as well as TMD diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures on oral health topics many times each year.

Throughout the year, Dr. Pappel also avails himself of continuing education opportunities through meetings, seminars, lectures, and hands-on demonstrations, because he knows that by staying current in the field he is best able to meet the needs of his patients.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Canadian Association of Orthodontists
  • British Columbia Society of Orthodontists
  • Royal College of Dentists (Canada), fellow
  • World Federation of Orthodontics, fellow
  • College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, fellow

Personal Life

Born in Barrie, Ont., Dr. Pappel has lived in Toronto, Montreal, and Minnesota. He settled in Nanaimo about 30 years ago to start his orthodontic practice. He and his wife Viva have two grown sons, Andrew and Cameron. When not in the office,
Dr. Pappel enjoys the great outdoors, and makes the most of our amazing recreation offerings, including golfing, kayaking, and skiing. He’s a wonderful chef and loves cooking for family and friends, including all his staff!

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