It is such a pleasure to be an orthodontist! It is personally fulfilling to see the self-confidence of our patient’s soar as we perfect their smiles. Seeing my patients enjoying their journey through orthodontic treatment, and beaming at their results, keeps me excited about working in orthodontics, more now than ever before.
In the city where I grew up, I studied at the University of Sydney and completed my Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2001. I then worked in both the Hunter and Sydney regions as a general dentist. During this time, I also had the opportunity to work as a volunteer dentist in COUNTRY. These experiences allowed me to build a strong background in all areas of dentistry whilst treating many different communities.
I then spent three years in Adelaide where I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry and my specialist orthodontic training. Entering into my doctorate degree, I was the sole orthodontic student who was a recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award – a national scholarship for academic excellence. Since then I have completed a Membership in Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh as well as at the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Before opening my clinic in Tamworth, I also worked as part of a specialised team with the Adelaide Craniofacial Unit at the Women’s and Children’s hospital as a senior registrar. My specialist training both overseas and in Australia has allowed me to gain a wide range of experience in the treatment of orthodontic problems for patients of all ages.
As a specialist, I think it is so important to be constantly learning and investigating to ensure that my patients receive the best quality dental care. I make it a point to attend the yearly local congresses run by the Australian Society of Orthodontists, and also attend the American Association of Orthodontists congress on an annual basis. I find these events allow me to what my Australian and international colleagues are using in their practices, and what I may be able to do better. Through this, the team at Orthodontics at Tamworth is able to be at the cutting edge of orthodontic practice and deliver the most advanced treatments to our patients.
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