Welcome to Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group


Dr. Mahara and the entire team at Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group welcome you to visit them for all of your dental needs.  The history of our dental clinic at this downtown Nanaimo location goes back more than 50 years.  We offer friendly, professional dental services to families across the region.

Find out more about what makes Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group special.

Meet the Dental Professional Team

Dr. Mahara

Dr San MaharaDr. Sanjivan Mahara acheived his Doctor of Dental Medicine, DMD, degree at the University of British Columbia in 2004. He continued extensive dental training at the world renowned “Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies”, in Cosmetics and Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Following graduation from UBC, Dr. Mahara and his family chose to reside in Nanaimo. Dr. Mahara enjoys being an integral part of his community where he is an active member of the local Dental Society and has participated in “Community Dental Day” which provides treatment for marginalized individuals and families.

He supports Vanocuver Island University’s dental students by making his office available for their practicum placements and hands on training.

Dr. Mahara is a member of Rotary and involves himself in local charity functions, organizations, and school events and is passionate about the arts and entertainment in his community.

Continuing Advanced Educational Courses

  • CEREC trained
  • SPEAR Education Training; Member of SPEAR Study Club
  • Implant Treatment Planning Study Club
  • DMD: UBC
  • Implants study club seminar
  • Periodontics
  • Occlusion study club
  • Operative Dentistry UBC
  • Pro-taper instrumentation for Root Canal treatment, PCD
  • Invisalign I certification course
  • Prosthodontcs seminar
  • Prosthodontics study club
  • TBSC Achieving Dental Excellence
  • Pediatric Dentistry seminar with Dr. Felicity Hardwick
  • Orthodontics for General Practitioner Level I by `Rondeau`s Seminar“
  • Dr. Cliff Ruddle`s Endodontics seminar
  • New Horizens in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics by Dr. William Clark
  • Started journey at LVI as a Neuromuscular Dentist
  • Adheisve Dentistry, Hands- on from Dr. Ron Jackson
  • PPM ceritfied Dentist
  • Direct composite study club seminars by Dr.Peter Walford
  • Invisalign certification II
  • The power of Neuromuscular Dentistry by Myotronics, K7 training

Rachel Madge, Office Manager & CDARachel

I am the Office Manager and a Certified Dental Assistant at Downtown Dental Group. I have been part of the Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group since 2002. I graduated from the office administation/bookkeeping program at VIU in 1998 and graduated from the certified dental assisting course at VIU in 1999.

I have two beautiful young daughters that always keep my days full of fun adventures. When I am not with my wonderful family at home, I am working with my second wonderful family at the Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group. I enjoy to grow and continually expand our dental knowledge together and then share and provide our patients with the best dental treatment possible. Seeing our patients happy and smiling confidently each day makes my job so exciting and rewarding!

Shannon Unrau, Registered Dental Hygienist

shannon_small 2I have been serving clients at Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Prior to this role I worked as a Certified Dental Assistant in Burnaby. I am a graduate of Camosun College in Victoria, BC.

I am currently volunteering for a 2nd year as the secretary to the Nanaimo Dental Hygiene Study group which plans continuing education activities throughout the year. I was born and raised in Port Alberni and currently live in Nanaimo. I am married and am the proud parent of a daughter and son who keep me very busy.

My goals are to find creative and educated techniques to motivate my clients to take better care of their oral health. The benefits of a well cared for mouth will contribute to the overall health of one’s body. I also strive to keep on the cutting edge of new dental techniques and technology. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends, work in the garden, play with the dog, and experiment in the kitchen.

Stephanie Charter, Certified Dental AssistantCDA Nanaimo

I have been part of the Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group since I graduated from VIU in 2008. I love helping people maintain happy and healthy smiles!

I have completed training at the Las Vegas Dental Institute (LVI) on TMD and full mouth reconstruction. I have specialized training in same day crown fabrication processes (CEREC).

When I am not working I’m keeping busy with my daughter Ella. She can put a smile on my face any day.

Jenna Phillips, Registered Dental Hygienist

jenna 3_2I joined the Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group team in 2009 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. I was a Certified Dental Assistant prior to doing hygiene. I did both of my studies here in town at VIU. I am a member of the Nanaimo Dental Hygiene Study Club.

I grew up in Port Alberni, but have been in Nanaimo since 2006. I had braces twice growing up and teeth have always been important to me. I love helping my clients achieve a healthy smile and overall general health. Keely is my puppy, and yes I DO brush her teeth….but no flossing. I love learning to garden in the yard of my new home.