Dr. Milnes founded Okanagan Dental Care for Kids in 1997 after a 19 year career as a full time university professor at the Universities of Manitoba and Toronto. In 2010, Dr. Terry Farquhar joined the practice as an associate and then in 2011, Dr. Farquhar assumed ownership of Okanagan Dental Care for Kids. Dr. Milnes is continuing to work with Dr. Farquhar to provide sedation services to children in need of dental treatment.
Dr. Milnes obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and graduate pediatric dental education from the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
-1983-1990: Associate Professor, tenured, and Head of Pediatric Dentistry , University of Manitoba, Staff Member, Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg and Health Sciences Centre.
-1980-87: Ph.D. in Oral Microbiology; University of Manitoba
-1980-83: Fellowship, Medical Research Council of Canada
-1989: Fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry; Royal College of Dentists of Canada
-1990: Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
-1990-97: Associate Professor, tenured, of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Toronto; Staff Member, Departments of Dentistry and Infectious Diseases Hospital for Sick Children, The Doctors Hospital.
-1998: Fellow, International College of Dentists
-1992-2004: Member, Pediatric Dentistry Examination Committee, Royal College of Dentists of Canada
- 2001-2004 Chief Examiner, Pediatric Dentistry, Royal College of Dentists of Canada
- 2004-present – Founding Faculty member and instructor American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Course – “Contemporary Sedation of Children for the Dental Practice – Enteral and Parenteral Techniques”
- 2004-2012 - Chief of Dentistry, Kelowna General Hospital
- 2004-08 - Member, British Columbia Dental Task Force on Pediatric Dentistry and Early Childhood Caries Task Force
Dr. Milnes has organized and directed research projects at the Universities of Manitoba and Toronto and in his private practice in several areas including:
- the oral health of children with special needs,
- the microbiology of oral diseases,
- drug regimens for managing the behaviour of uncooperative children,
- early childhood decay ( collaboration with the University of Michigan)
Dr. Milnes has published over 70 articles, scientific abstracts and book chapters.
He has represented both the dental profession and pediatric dentistry by serving on local, provincial, national and international dental organizations and has made numerous scientific and continuing education presentations to community groups, parenting organizations and dental societies. He has lectured to thousands of dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
Dr. Milnes has helped develop practice guidelines and policies for the Canadian and American Academies of Pediatric Dentistry, the Canadian Dental Association and the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia.
On a personal note, Dr. Milnes and wife, Sylvia, are proud of their children Adrienne, a school teacher, married to Jean Lagarde and mother of Ellie, and Laura, a wine consultant, married to Derek Ingraham. Hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, back-country, downhill and cross-country skiing are family passions. Personal favorites include backcountry skiing, music, nature photography, wilderness canoeing and kayaking, cycling, woodworking and gardening with native plants.