Our Team

Meet the DENTISTS at metrotown team

Dr. Akash Sidhu DDS (Owner)

Akash was born in the city of Ludhiana, in the state of Punjab in India.  He obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the Baba Farid Health Sciences University in 1999. After practicing dentistry for several years in India he immigrated to Canada in 2006 and attended School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University in Los Angeles, California, obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2011.

Akash focuses his practice in family dentistry and many of his patients are children.  He is keenly interested in the technology of dentistry as it relates to reducing the duration of treatment, shortening recovery time and reducing pain associated with treatment.  Cosmetic and esthetic dentistry is a big part of his practice and he regularly provides emergency care to patients.

Akash loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker.  He often uses his time away from the practice for day-long walks and has been or plans to be on most of the paths and trails in the Fraser Valley.  He is always planning a trip to explore another area of Canada and is looking ahead to a trip he is considering to Quebec, Labrador and the Maritimes.  He likes cooking and baking and finds preparing dishes for his family not only personally rewarding but that it helps him relax after long working hours.  He is a fire arms enthusiast and has been target shooting since he was 12 years old and he enjoys playing soccer and watching matches on TV.

Akash lives in Vancouver with his two sons, Armaan, 13, and Karman, 6. 

Dr Maria Zanjanian DMD (Owner)

Maria was born and raised in Iran. She completed her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Medical Sciences in Tehran in 1991, and practiced dentistry in Tehran for ten years prior to immigrating with her husband to Canada.  She attended the University of British Columbia in the School of Dentistry and completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) in 2010. She began her practice in Canada as an Associate Dentist working in two clinics, one in Coquitlam and one in Burnaby. In 2012 she created her own practice and joined with Dr. Yanbin Xu and Dr. Akash Sidhu operating as the Dentists at Metrotown. 

In the course of her career she has maintained interests in Endodontic dentistry and in facial cosmetic treatments. Maria is proud of the way her cosmetic dental and skin treatments have helped so many of her patients “smile with confidence”.

Maria has always had a passion for technology. Innovation is something she appreciates in every way from the changes it has brought to home appliances, cars, computers and telephones through to the practice of dentistry.  She shares an interest with the other Doctors at the Dentists at Metrotown in always looking for new technology and new methods that make visits to the dentist quieter, calmer and easier. 

Maria lives in Burnaby with her husband, Reza, and her two daughters, Tabby, 18 and Tara, 12. They are a family that enjoys both sports and swimming. but some of her favorite times are just relaxing at home and watching a movie or hockey game on TV. She and her family love their new home in British Columbia and take great pleasure on walks through the many parks with their wonderful shoreline views and the quiet serenity of the mountains.  

Dr. Yanbin Xu, DMD MD PhD (Owner)

Yanbin was born and lived most of his life in China.  He attended the prestigious West China School of Medical Sciences at the West China University in Sichuan where he earned his Bachelor degree of Dentistry in 1989.  After practicing dentistry for several years he went on to graduate school at the Asahi University School of Dentistry in Gifu Prefecture in Japan and earned his PhD in Prosthodontics in 2000.  Yanbin brought his family to Canada and obtained his Canadian Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the UBC School of Dentistry in 2010. 

Yanbin began his dental practice in Canada as an Associate Dentist and after meeting Maria in the UBC School of Dentistry has worked in clinics with her initially as an Associate and now in his own practice.  Working with Dr. Sidhu and Dr. Zanjanian in 2012, his practice forms part of the Dentists at Metrotown.

Yanbin has focused his practice on Dental Surgery and has developed many specific means of treatment and sophistication in the practice of dentistry, particularly in the area of Implants and the extraction of wisdom teeth, particularly difficult extractions.  He believes that everything should be done to preserve natural teeth but when that is not possible to keep bone tissue intact and believes that current implant technology does this with very predictable results and a much lower cost than these treatments were just a few years ago.  In respect of wisdom tooth extractions he has developed particular expertise in the use of Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) which is the use of blood components to minimize trauma, speed healing and speed overall recovery.  In most case Yanbin says this reduces healing time from wisdom tooth extraction to 3-4 days from the typical 7-8 days. 

Yanbin, his wife Huili and son Peter, 18, live in Vancouver near UBC and you might see him jogging through the UBC campus and surrounding endowment lands enjoying the beautiful scenery of the mountains and water.  His interest in technology extends to his family time and he loves spending time his wife and son playing video games together. He is also fan of basketball and soccer and enjoys water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding.


Meja Yang, RDH (Hygienist)

Meja Yang is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She was born and raised in South Korea, where she received her Diploma of Dental Hygiene in 1994.  She immigrated to Canada 12 years ago arriving in Montreal where she pursued the RDH designation and obtained her Diploma in 2004.  In 2005 she moved to Vancouver, making her home in Burnaby and immediately beginning her practise here.

Meja is the consummate professional.  She loves her work and finds joy in treating and advising her patients on dental services, treatment and their own dental health.  She acts as a voice on behalf of patients when they are discussing treatment with the dentists and is always looking for opportunities to help her patients better understand the importance of oral health in preventing disease.

Outside the clinic, Meja has worked for several years as a volunteer with community service organizations and her church working with people with a disability and other special needs to improve the quality of their social life.  She has also volunteered in helping first nation families in British Columbia.  Volunteering is an important part of her life and reinforces her belief in social equality and human rights.

Meja is a fan of hot Yoga and uses it to wind down after work. She loves hiking and mountain climbing and quite times just enjoying nature.  She is a reader and student of history and she wants to devote some time to improving her French as she plans an extended holiday Europe in the coming years.

Jade Lee, RDH (Hygienist)

Jade Lee is a full time Registered Hygienist at the Dentists at Metrotown. She was born in Seoul, Korea. She moved to Canada in 2005 when she was 15 years old. She obtained her Bachelors of Dental Science Degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of British Columbia in 2013. 
As a professional healthcare provider who cares about her patients' wellbeing, she strives to exert a positive health influence on every patient she meets. Jade values trust in the interaction with her patients.
She values oral hygiene education as a top priority in her treatment as well as the quality of the treatment that she provides. She genuinely cares about patients who had limited access to oral health care in the past. She hopes her patients can develop the necessary knowledge and proper oral habits for maintaining good oral health. 
Jade has a passion for classics. She is a big fan of classical music. Listening to music helps Jade relax and refresh her brain. During her free time, She goes to classical music concerts in town as well as spends time learning to play a variety of musical instruments such as piano, guitar, drum and flutes.
Her favourite movies are classical, older movies and her favourite genres of literatures include novels and classical journals. Other than immersing herself in classics in her free time, Jade's involvements in church comprise an important part of her life. She attends church regularly and commits a big part of her time volunteering for her church. Jade is an avid hiker. she likes to hike around trails and parks in Vancouver to enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and lakes.