Welcome to Brightside Dental Care!
Here at Brightside we take a “real-people” approach to dentistry. Our practices were built on personal relationships and the happy healthy smiles of satisfied patients. We want you to know, from the moment you walk through the door, that this is going to be a different kind of dental experience.
As patients ourselves (complete with cavities, phobias and anxious children) we know that going to the dentist can sometimes be overwhelming. We’ve made it our priority to understand the concerns of real patients so that we can make the entire experience as simple and enjoyable as possible. We focus on friendliness and creating an environment where you can feel comfortable asking questions and working with our dental team to make the decisions that are right for you and your family.
Help us change the way people think of dentistry. We’d love to get to know you and your family. Find us on Facebook, tour our website, or book an appointment today!
Dr. Scott Mather, Dentist
Scott has been a familiar face at Brightside since 2008. He started at our Portage office right after graduating from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry. He’s gone on to join Larry as a Founding Partner in a new company that oversees the growth of Brightside. As part of that role, he oversees the Brandon and Shilo locations.
Scott’s enthusiasm for teaching has made him an excellent mentor for onboarding new dentists. Scott has endless energy and when he doesn’t have a dental instrument in his hand, you can find Scott renovating or planning his next construction project. He also loves golfing, fishing and snowboarding. Most weekends, though, you can find him doing his other passion, wakeboarding at Clear Lake.
Dr. Lauren Davies, Dentist
Lauren was born and raised in the Wheat City of Brandon, Manitoba. After graduating from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry, she returned to her hometown where she began practicing dentistry. Lauren’s friendly smile and gentle disposition has made her popular among patients. When she’s not sculpting fillings, she’s creating memories at home with her children and husband. Lauren loves family vacations, and spending time at Clear Lake whenever she can.
Dr. Nathan Vercaigne, Dentist
Nathan was born and raised in Gladstone, Manitoba and grew up with Gord as his family Dentist. He graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry, and brings to Brightside his sense of humour and caring nature. When he’s not holding a high speed, he’s speeding through the mountains on his bike or alpine skis. Nathan loves travelling and has a knack for attention to detail, whether its carpentry or dentistry.
Portage & Gladstone
Dr. Larry Cogar, Dentist
Larry is the original dentist of Brightside Dental Care. After graduating from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry, he opened the first practice in Portage with his wife Della. Together they successfully grew the single-dentist practice into thriving offices, filled with friends, family, and incredible staff. Since slowing down from clinical practice, Larry enjoys his role as a Founding Partner with Scott in a new company that focuses on Brightside’s growth. As part of that role, he oversees the Portage and Gladstone locations.
When Larry takes his dental mask off, you can find him relaxing at Lake of the Woods. There’s nothing he likes more than mornings on the deck with a cup of coffee and a good book. Larry’s an avid salmon and walleye fisherman, and an amazing cook. He also barbeques year round; rain or shine, in -30 temperatures, and even during snowstorms.
Dr. Maria Mikos, Dentist
Maria is an exciting addition to the Brightside team. She graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry, and has been a part of Brightside ever since. Maria’s vibrant smile and pleasant demeanor makes her popular with patients. If you can’t find her in the office, you can find her at the lake, jet skiing, or fishing. Maria has a drive and passion, whether it’s snowboarding in the mountains, or touring Peru during a dental mission, she’s always looking for her next adventure.
Dr. Nirvani Umadat, Dentist
Vani, after graduating from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry, seized the opportunity to complete a surgical residency in Vancouver, BC. Since joining the Brightside team in 2015, Vani has been known for her upbeat personality and easy going nature with patients. When she’s not cruising through the dental office in her high heels, you can find her barefoot on her yoga mat or lacing up her travelling shoes for her next dental mission.
Dr. Gord Cogar, Dentist
Gord, Larry’s brother, shares the Cogar passion for dentistry. After graduating from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry, he moved to Gladstone and quickly gained a reputation for his friendly chair side manner. When he’s not sitting in his dental chair, you can find him cheering on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the many sports teams he follows. Gord is a gentleman farmer, who loves spending time with his family, and he may just be the only man left who still uses a pocket watch.
Drew Trapp, Denturist
Drew, who now resides in Headingley Manitoba, has been making dentures in South Central Manitoba and Westman since 1981. Drew and his wife Jackie raised their family in Portage la Prairie, where he was involved with local hockey, and a member of the karate club for 25 years. He has a friendly disposition and a great storyteller. When Drew is not in the office you can find him exploring the open road on his motorcycle.