As an orthodontist, I have the unique ability to contribute to the health, well-being, and improved self-esteem of so many people. I enjoy getting to know every patient who comes through our doors, and watching our young patients “come out of their shell” as their appearance and comfort improve throughout orthodontic treatment. My team and I are here to change lives for the better, and we strive for perfection in everything we do.
Education and Continuing Education
- High school: Xavier College
- Dental School: University of Melbourne
- Specialty: pediatric dentistry at the University of Minnesota, USA; orthodontics at Louisiana State University, New Orleans, USA
As part of my continuing education and research activities, I am active in the following organisations:
- Australian Society of Orthodontists
- World Federation of Orthodontists
- American Association of Orthodontists
- International College of Dentists, fellow
- Australian Dental Association
- Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry
- The D3 Group for Development Dental Defects (founding member)
- Melbourne Research Unit for Facial Disorders
After practicing orthodontics for almost 30 years, I still love coming to the clinic. My father was a dentist, and I learned from him the value of exceptional patient care. Each patient I see presents a different clinical challenge as well as an opportunity for a personal connection. I enjoy taking the time to know each person I look after, and giving everyone a positive orthodontic experience.
My training and experience as a paediatric dentist before becoming an orthodontist enhanced my interest in guiding the development of the young person’s teeth, jaws, and face. It also triggered my awareness of problems surrounding “chalky molars” and other developmental dental defects (D3s).
One of the most rewarding aspects of my career is seeing patients at a young age, so the most appropriate treatment can be done at the right time in their development. Getting the timing right is one of the most challenging tasks in orthodontics, and it is truly rewarding when I know a patient has received the optimal level of care. My training and experience as a paediatric dentist before becoming an orthodontist enhanced my interest in guiding the development of the young person’s teeth, jaws, and face.
A commitment to educating the next generation of orthodontists has led me to accept the role of associate professor and head of orthodontics at the University of Melbourne.
Originally from Melbourne, I have lived in Camberwell for most of my life. My wife is a paediatric dentist in a practice adjacent to our clinic. We have two adult children: one is a lawyer, the other a medical practitioner. In my spare time, I like to keep fit by running, gym work, and playing real tennis, and I have completed 11 marathons. I am active in our community, and our practice supports local sporting teams, a junior choir, and a charity for disadvantaged and homeless youth.