Dr. Gakhal is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he received his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry in 1997, and went on to receive his Doctorate in Dental Medicine. He has also taken several courses at the KOIS Center, a leading-edge dental education centre focused on current research in the field of dentistry. Dr. Gakhal has completed the Master Clinician Implant Program with the Global Institute for Dental Education and is trained in providing IV sedation.
After graduating, Dr. Gakhal worked in Burns Lake before moving to Victoria. He has also provided volunteer dental services in Guatemala, northern Manitoba, and at the Cool-Aid Clinic in Victoria.
Dr. Gakhal is married and has two daughters. He enjoys trap shooting and is often found at one of the local shooting ranges.