Stuart grew up and was educated in Sydney – graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from Sydney University in 1984. After a year working in two Sydney practices he and Deb moved to Inverell in 1985 to replace Dr John Northcott upon his retirement.
Professionally Stuart has remained up to date by regularly attending numerous general dental seminars and conferences both in Australia and overseas. In 2003 he completed a mini-residency in Orthodontics and Dento-Facial Orthopaedics and in 2010 he completed a mini-residency in Biobloc Orthotropics in Los Angeles.
Stuart attended the advanced Biobloc Orthotropics course last year in L.A, and has recently completed the General Orthodontic Residency program under the tutelage of Dr Steve Galella. Dr Galella has invented some remarkable appliances for developing healthier and more attractive faces. Stuart was also honoured to be invited to join the Peer Review Board of the International Journal of Orthodontics and to undertake the IAO Instructors Institute course.
In 2016 he has taken a further Mini-Residency in Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders and Craniofacial Pain, as well as attending the International Association for Orthodontics conference in Arizona where he completed the Invisalign accreditation course.
Stuart is a long-standing member of the Australian Dental Association and for the last 12 years has been a member of the International Association for Orthodontics. Stuart recently became a member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He is also a member of the Australasian Academy of Sleep Medicine, as well as being one of only a handful of Australians who are registered Orthotropic practitioners.
Our orthodontic philosophy for children is to correct bad habits early and save or eliminate more extensive treatments later. Where possible we try to see the face and mouth develop to its full genetic potential, which not only looks better, but is far healthier and eliminates the need for extractions. In treating adults, apart from improving smiles, we are often able to reduce headaches and improve the airway which in turn improves health, sleep and general well-being.
In the Inverell community Stuart has been involved in several organisations including the Inverell Sports Council, Inverell District Family Services, Jaycees, Ross Hill and Inverell High P & C Associations, the Inverell Club, and is a life member of the Inverell Cricket Association. Other interests include many sports, bush-walking, photography and travelling.
The practice is a family oriented general dental practice covering most aspects of dentistry and referring to specialists where appropriate. Stuart is not a specialist orthodontist, however about half the practice is devoted to orthodontics and dento-facial orthopaedics. We try to address what actually causes the teeth and face to become crooked and what could cause orthodontic relapses – this important aspect is unfortunately often not addressed in mainstream orthodontics.