Meet Dr. Hai Nguyen


A Passion for Dentistry

From the age of 14, Dr. Hai Nguyen knew he wanted to be a dentist. He comes from a family of dental professionals: his uncle is a dentist in California and his great uncle was the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Saigon, Vietnam, prior to the end of the Vietnam War. These two men provided great role models and inspired Dr. Nguyen.

In 1984, Dr. Nguyen and his family immigrated to Edmonton from Vietnam. That year the Oilers won their very first Stanley Cup and inspired Dr. Nguyen to learn to play hockey. Unfortunately, learning to skate came with a high price: Dr. Nguyen broke his two front teeth! The care he received from the kind and skilled dentists at the University of Alberta Hospital further strengthened the doctor’s desires to become an oral healthcare provider.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Ross Sheppard High School
  • Undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Science, University of Alberta
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Alberta

Dr. Nguyen is committed to delivering quality care to his patients. Understanding that dentistry is a constantly evolving field.

Personal Life

Dr. Nguyen is happily married to his childhood friend, Chi. The couple has two children: Emily and Hugo. When he’s not tending to his patients’ dental needs, Dr. Nguyen is often found driving his children to their extracurricular activities.

In his free time, Dr. Nguyen enjoys classical music, photography, cooking, exploring the world of wine, and Taekwondo. He currently holds a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo.  He has obtained Level 2 certification from the Internationl Sommelier Guild, one level shy of becoming a Sommelier. 

Dr. Nguyen is the national champion for Poomsae for 2017, 2018.  He recently came third at the Pan American Senior Championship.  He will be representing Canada at the World Championship in Taipei in November 2018.

Both Dr. Nguyen and his wife are supporters of The Hope Mission, Edmonton Food Bank, as well as Homeless Connect events.