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Dr. Arshad B. Pirani


Dr. Pirani was born in Kenya and did her early education in East Africa. She travelled to the United States in 1970, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon in 1973. She then received her dental degree from the University of British Columbia in 1977.

Dr. Pirani has been in a private dental practice in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, for over 35 years.  Her practice includes all facets of General dentistry including Orthodontics, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Sleep Disordered Breathing.  She has extensive postgraduate training in all aspects of dentistry, including Forensic dentistry and soft tissue injuries to the cranio/mandibular/cervical areas after trauma.  She is an expert witness and is often asked by lawyers to do an Independent Medical Examination on their clients.

Dr. Pirani has had surgical privileges in several of the lower mainland hospitals where she assisted oral surgeons in orthognathic surgeries.

She was appointed by the Minister of Health to sit on the Hospital Appeal Board for British Columbia from 2003 to 2011.

Dr. Pirani has completed mini residencies in TMD and Craniofacial Pain from the University of Washington (95), University of Minnesota (2000), UMD of New Jersey (2005), and AACP Institute (2008) and from TMJ & Sleep Therapy Research (2010)

In April 2011, Dr. Pirani joined Dr. Liem and Dr. Cheung in opening a centre in Burnaby dedicated only to the treatment of non surgical therapy of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, Craniofacial pain and Sleep Disordered Breathing.





American Board of Forensic Dentistry (1999)
American Board of Forensic Examiners (1996)
American Board of Forensic Medicine (1996)
Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines (2012)

Diplomate Eligible 
American Board of Craniofacial Pain – Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine (2013)

Distinguished Fellow
American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (2009)

Board Eligible
International Association for Orthodontics (1993)





  1. Training in Orofacial Pain, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (2000)
  2. Soft Tissue Injuries resulting from Motor Vehicle Accidents, American Academy of Head, Neck & Facial Pain (2001)
  3. Head & Neck Anatomy and Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injections in Craniofacial Pain (2005) from American Academy of Craniofacial Pain



  1. Non-endodontic Coronal Resection of Fused and Germinated Vital Teeth – A New Technique

David, Krakowiak, Pirani
Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology & Endodontics, Mosby
Year Book Publications, Vol. 83, No. 4, Apr. 1997


Memberships in Various Organisations


  1. Canadian Dental Association                                                                             1973 – Present
  2. College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia                                            1977 – Present

I.       Member of the Review Committee                                                                       1996 – 2000

II.      Member of the Nominations Committee                                                            2000 – 2003

III.    Chair of the Nominations Committee                                                                  2002 – 2003

3.      Vancouver & District Dental society                                                                      1978 – 2010

I.       Membership Committee Chair                                                                               1988 – 1989

II.      Secretary, Executive Committee                                                                            1993 – 1994

1996 – 1997

III.    Director, Executive Committee                                                                               1994 – 1996

4.      Federation Dentaire International                                                                          1978 – Present

I.       Chair, hands on courses: International Convention  Oct. 1994
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

5.      Oral Surgery Study Club                                                                                            1982 – 2006

Dr. T. H. David – Mentor

Secretary, Treasurer

6.      Academy of General Dentistry – British Columbia Chapter                               1987 – Present

I.       Director                                                                                                                          1992 – 1994

II.      Chair, Dental Care Committee                                                                                  1995 – 1996

  1. Delegate for British Columbia at the National                                                    Jul. 2003
    Meeting in Nashville

7.      American Association for Functional Orthodontics                                               1984 – 2008

Charter Member

8.      Greater Vancouver Orthodontic Study Club                                                            1985 – 1997

Dr. C. Garcia – Mentor

9.      International Association for Orthodontics                                                              1985-Present

10.    D.J Sweet Forensic Study Group                                                                                 1992 – 1998

Dr. D. J. Sweet – Mentor, Treasurer

11.    Pacific Northwest Forensic Studies Group                                                                  1992 – 2000

12.    American Academy of Forensic Sciences                                                                    1994 – 2005

13.    InternationalCollege of Craniomandibular Orthopedics                                         Sept. 1996 – 1998

14.    The American College of Forensic Examiners                                                           Sept. 1996 – Present

15.    American Academy of Craniofacial Pain                                                                    June 1998 –Present

  1.    Association of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia                                         1999­­­­­ – Present
  2.    Member of Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Discipline                            2011—Present



High School

  • 1963 – 1967Aga Khan School, Uganda
    • Cambridge University ‘O’ Levels (1st class)


  • 1968 – 1969Highlands Boarding School for Girls, Kenya Cambridge University
    • ‘A’ Levels in Physics, Chemistry, Zoology & Mathematics


  • 1970 – 1973University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA
    • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)


  1. 1973 – 1973University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
  2. 1993International Association of Orthodontics
    • Board Eligible in Orthodontics
  3. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC, USA
    • 1994Forensic Dentistry
    • 1997Forensic Anthropology
  4. Sept. 1991 – Apr. 1992University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • Advanced Clinical Periodontology
  5. 1991 – 1994Boston University, Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry
    • Correspondence Courses
      1. Soft Tissue Management
      2. General Dentistry
  6. March – Sept. 1995University of Washington, Seattle, USA
    • Comprehensive Assessment & Management
    • Of the Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
  7. American College of Forensic Examiners
    1. Sept. 1996Board Certified Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners
    2. Oct. 1996Board Certified Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Medicine in the Diagnosis And Forensic Analysis of Unresolved, Trauma Induced Craniomandibular/Cervical Injuries
    3. May 1999Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Dentistry
  8. Nov. 8, 1999 – Feb. 20, 2000University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
    • Department of Oral Medicine
    • Internet Course in Orofacial Pain
  9. July 27-29, 2000University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
    • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and Craniofacial Pain Mini Residency
  10. July 27 2001American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
    • Certificate in Diagnosis and Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries Resulting from Motor Vehicle Accidents
  11. Oct. 15, 2003 – July 28, 2004Oral Appliances for the Treatment of Snoring and
    • Oct. 2004 – May 2005Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • Dr. Alan Lowe, UBC
    • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  12. University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry, Professor Mariano Rocabado Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    • May 21, 2004a) Craniomandibular/Craniocervical
      Biomechanics and Facial Asymmetry
    • May 22, 2004b) Intermediate Treatment and Diagnosis:
      TMJ Pain Map – Synovial Classification for Treatment Approach
    • May 23, 2004 Disc Pathology/Advanced TMJ/Cervical Spine
  13. Oct. 15, 2003 – July 28, 2004University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
    • Update in Orofacial Pain including a clinical component for participants in the internet course.
    • New Jersey, USA
  14. Craniofacial Pain Mini Residency ACCP Institute Fort Worth, Texas, USAy
    1. Sept. 18-20, 2008Session 1 – Craniofacial Pain Disorders, History Examination, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
    2. Nov. 13-15, 2008Session 2 – Treatment and Management of the Patient with a Craniofacial Pain Disorder
    3. Feb. 19-21, 2009Session 3 – Physical Medicine Modalities, Occlusion, Pharmacology and Electro diagnostic Modalities in the Management of the Craniofacial Pain Patient
    4. Apr. 23-25, 2009Session 4 – Orthodontics for Phase II Finishing, Sleep Disorders, Alternative Therapies: Their Relationship to the Craniofacial Pain Patient