The Team

Certified Dental Assistant

Ever since I was a little kid, I have always enjoyed going to the dentist. Before I knew it, I pursued a career in dentistry. The dentists at Burnaby Dental Centre have taught me so much and not only do I look forward to seeing our patients, my love for dentistry has grown! If I do have free time, I like to keep my mind busy with whatever has caught my interest - may it be video games or movies.

Certified Dental Assistant

Karen joined Burnaby Dental Centre after graduating from the Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) program from VCC. Karen also continued her dental education in an orthodontics assisting course from UBC. As a CDA, she enjoys new challenges and strives to become a better assistant and team member. I love working with Dr. Popat and Dr. Anik because they personally love getting to know their patients and they educate their patients before they agree upon any treatment plans. They are truly great teachers and mentors.

“You will never always be motivated, so you must learn to be disciplined”

Dental Hygienist

Jessica brings her passion and warm energy to every dental hygiene appointment at Burnaby Dental Centre. As a Dental Hygienist and a Medical Radiation Technologist she has a broad range of knowledge and experience. Jessica is passionate about educating clients on their oral health and how it contributes to their overall health. She prides herself on providing personalized, gentle, and thorough care to each patient. 'My goal is always to educate and empower clients, so that they feel motivated to practice great self care and have great oral and overall health. I love being part of this team because they are well known in the community for their excellence in caring for their patients’ dental needs but also caring on a personal level.'

Suman joined Burnaby Dental Centre in 2006. She brings a wealth of experience as a dental office manager and has been an invaluable member to the team. She is the first person to welcome our patients when they walk in and is the last to say bye to them when they leave.

“I enjoy working with Dr. Popat and Dr. Anik as they both truly enjoy their work and care 110% for their patients.”

She loves to spend her spare time with her three kids and husband, camping and exploring BC.


Dr. Anik Popat graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and received his Doctorate in Medical Dentistry (D.M.D) from University of Manitoba. Soon after graduating, Dr. Anik joined his mother, Dr. Neeta Popat at her dental clinic turning Burnaby Dental Centre into a family-owned and operated dental practice.

Dr. Anik is known for his warm and caring nature that allows patients to feel at ease. Dr. Anik’s attention to detail when it comes to patient care is second to none. He firmly believes every patient requires and deserves an individualized treatment plan that is specific to their needs, as everyone’s health needs are very unique.

“I want my patients to know that they are coming to a dentist who is focused on their dental needs and concerns. At Burnaby Dental Centre, we have the privilege of creating lasting connections with our patients by helping them meet their oral health goals”.

Guided by Burnaby Dental Centre’s core guiding values and principles, Dr. Anik is committed to furthering his knowledge in all aspects of dentistry to better care and serve his patients. Dr. Anik takes extensive continuing education courses in a variety of fields including endodontics, implantology, prosthodontics and is a member of several study clubs.

When not at work, I can be found spending time with his wife, family and friends. I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, hiking and anything involving food.