Dr. Eric Meiner
Dr. Eric Meiner, DMD grew up in Duncan and received his dental degree at the University of British Columbia in 2004. Dr. Meiner spent a year learning and perfecting the techniques of IV sedation, dental implants, and other surgical procedures while at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Following stints in Nanaimo and Parksville, Dr. Meiner returned home and currently practices in Chemainus. He resides within the community alongside his wife Alyssa, son Jacob and daughter Grace. Dr. Meiner is an active outdoor enthusiast and can usually be found gardening, hiking, biking, skiing, or fishing when he’s not busy treating patients.
Dr. Brian R. Megas
Dr. Brian R. Megas
Brian was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1968, at the age of 17, Brian began attending the University of Alberta in Edmonton taking Computer Science, and in 1972 he was awarded a BSc. Following that, he took a year off of university and worked construction in Edmonton for half a year, learned that working outside in the winter in Alberta was very cold, and then went to Spain and
Portugal for several months to get warm again. Among other things in Spain, he attended Malaca Instisuto to further his knowledge of the Spanish language by an intensive two-month course. Following his return to Edmonton, he returned to university and in 1974 was awarded a BSc (Biochem). Following that, Brian attended the University of Alberta dental school and in 1978 was awarded a DDS degree.
In his second year of dental school, Brian married Carol who thankfully was working to be able to support them through the remainder of dental school. As part of the wedding agreement, Brian had to agree that they would move back to Vancouver Island after Brian graduated from dental school, as Carol had lived near Victoria for two years and insisted they would return to the Island. Brian was quite happy to move to Vancouver Island, as he had spent two summers working in Vancouver during his early university career and found that he very much enjoyed the coast.
In 1978, fresh out of dental school, Brian began his dental practice in Chemainus in the office of Dr. Eric Rosengart, who had opened the office about five years previous to that.
Dr. Rosengart insisted that Brian join the Rotary Club of Chemainus and thus Brian became a member in 1978. Brian enjoyed the fellowship of the club until he left the club in 1998 after having been a member for 20 years.
In 1998 Brian started having shoulder problems, probably related to postural issues while working. Thus began Brian’s forced hobby of swimming which dramatically helped his shoulders allowing Brian to continue the practice of dentistry. It was not uncommon for a Brian to swim 100 lengths at the Ladysmith pool.
In 2003 Dr. Rosengart retired and Brian and his wife became the solo dentist and the owner of the practice and the building. The building had been built maybe a little prior to 1950 by Stuart Clement, a pharmacist who practiced there in Chemainus for several decades. With the retirement of Dr. Rosengart, in 2003 Brian and his wife completely renovated the office building and modernized the equipment.
It proved difficult to attract a dentist to help Brian as Chemainus was just a bit too small to appeal to dentists and their spouses, so for many of the years between 2003 to 2017, Brian was the only dentist in the office. A few associate dentists came and went in that period.
In 2017, Dr. Megas and his wife sold the practice and the building to Dr. Eric Meiner who has been a dentist for many years in Duncan. For the time being, Dr. Megas continues to practice at the office for two days a week.
This should allow more time for doing some of the things Brian and Carol like to do, which include walking, hiking, camping in the backcountry, travelling, and seeing their three daughters and significant others as well as two grandchildren.