Meet Dr. Philip Barer

I was born and grew up in Victoria, B.C. While attending high school in Oak Bay, I began working for a local orthodontist making retainers as my after school job, and this is what sparked my desire to become an orthodontist. For over 25 years, I have enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of my patients when their braces come off. The increase in their self-esteem and confidence is truly priceless.


I attended dental school at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Upon graduating with my Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (DMD), I was accepted directly into the Orthodontic Specialty program at the University of Washington in Seattle, where I completed my Masters of Science in Dentistry (MSD) and received my diploma in Orthodontics.


I joined Dr. W. Michael Wainwright, who had been my instructor at UBC, in his West Broadway orthodontic practice in 1984, and have been practicing at this location ever since. I became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1990 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists in 2002, both being honour degrees in the specialty of Orthodontics. I am an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UBC Dental School, where I have been teaching since 1984, currently as a clinical instructor in the Graduate Orthodontics Program. I also lecture to the Dental Hygiene students at the VCC program, and am a consulting staff member at the BC Cancer Agency.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • Canadian Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • British Columbia Society of Orthodontists

Outside the Office

My wife, Lori, and I have two sons who are both involved in ice hockey as goalies. Aside from orthodontics, my passions include cycling and hiking. I enjoy working with my team at the office, where I am usually on the receiving end of the friendly jokes and banter directed at me from staff and patients alike!