Raised in a family of healthcare professionals, it was no surprise when Dr. Ken Hamin decided to pursue a career in dentistry. Upon graduating from the University of Manitoba’s dental program in 1988, Ken began a one-year hospital residency in Saskatoon. The following year, he purchased his first dental practice, Campus Dental Centre, in his native Winnipeg. Shortly thereafter, he opened Reflections Dental Health Centre, where he has practiced dentistry for the past three decades.
One of the province’s earliest adopters of digital radiographs, Ken believes his continuous investment in the industry’s latest technology has kept his practice on the leading edge. “It has been a latex safe, amalgam-free and completely digital practice from inception,” he says. “If there is something new and improved—whether technical procedures or new materials—I will investigate and offer it to my patients.”
A professor of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry for over 25 years, Ken feels privileged to be in a position to impart knowledge on emerging clinicians and contribute to the advancement of the field. “The opportunity to educate myself and others is what drives my inner self. The ability to help change people’s lives by educating them on their oral and physical well-being is priceless.” For Ken, learning and development is a lifelong affair. “I want to continue my education and growth until I am physically unable to do so,” he says.
When it comes to his patients, Ken is a firm believer in the importance of compassionate care. “I always ask myself what would I do if this was my family member? I take money out of the equation and make treatment decisions based on what the best care possible looks like for each patient.”