Axel Spahr

Prof Axel Spahr
Director of Oral Rehabilitation
University of Sydney

Prof Spahr is Head of Discipline Restorative and Reconstructive Dentistry and Subject Area Periodontics as well as Deputy Head of School at The University of Sydney Dental School. He is also Head of the Department Periodontics at the Sydney Dental Hospital.

Axel is the former Head of Periodontics at the University of Ulm in Germany and has worked at various international universities and research facilities. He has additional training in microbiology, molecular biology, extensive experience in basic science research, animal research and clinical research. Prof. Spahr’s research interest includes periodontal regeneration, bone regeneration, periodontitis and systemic diseases, antimicrobial therapy as well as dental implants and peri-implant diseases. He has led large externally funded research projects and is collaborating with leading international research groups and companies in the field of periodontology, implantology and bone regeneration. He is the author of numerous publications in international peer-reviewed dental and medical journals, book chapters and has presented his work at professional conferences worldwide. Prof. Spahr is a board registered periodontal specialist, he works part-time in an established specialist periodontal and implant practice in Sydney and is the past President of the Periodontal Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR). He is a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), the International College of Dentists (ICD), and the Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA).


Prof Ian Meyers
Restorative Dentist
Brisbane West Dental Group

Prof Meyers is a general dental practitioner and an honorary professor at The University of Queensland School of Dentistry. Over the last thirty-five years, he has been involved in dental research, clinical dentistry, private practice, university and hospital-based dental clinics. He is fellow of the International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Among his previous positions are the inaugural Colgate Chair of Dental General Practice Dentistry, Chief Dental Officer for Queensland Health, and President of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Dental Association. In January 2017 he commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Dental Association (Queensland).

Throughout his career as an academic, and as a clinical general dental practitioner, Ian Meyers has developed extensive experience in comprehensive patient care, diagnosis and management of worn and broken down dentition, geriatric and aged care dentistry, adhesive restorative dentistry and dental materials, and the management of patients through minimum intervention dentist.


A/Prof Geraldine Moses
Doctor of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Queensland

Geraldine Moses is a Doctor of Clinical Pharmacy specialising in drug information.

As well as providing a national drug information advisory service called “Pharma-Advice” for members of the Australian Dental Association, Geraldine also works part-time in the Academic Practice Unit of the Mater Public Hospital in Brisbane and is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Schools of Pharmacy at University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. She also consults to organisations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, NPS MedicineWise, the Commission for Safety in Quality in Health Care and the New Zealand Dental Association.

A well-known educator and speaker, Geraldine has received many awards including in 2002 she was named Australian Pharmacist of the Year, in 2013 she received ADAQ’s Medal of Merit, and in 2019 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for for services to health care as a pharmacist.


A/Prof Dale Howes
Dentist & Prosthodontist
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

A/Prof Howes is a dental surgeon and prosthodontist.

His interests lie in the field of functional head and neck rehabilitation, advanced digital technologies in craniofacial reconstruction, dental implant protocols and development. A/Prof Howes’s research has resulted in innovative implant products on the international market which have revolutionised some head and neck reconstructive as well as standard implant rehabilitative protocols.

With his translational research he has developed innovative implant fixtures, components and protocols to solve hard and soft tissue constraints in patients compromised by head and neck trauma and cancer.

He has lectured extensively worldwide and supervised Masters and PhD projects, been an external examiner nationally and internationally as well as publishing research and book chapters in fields including head and neck cancer rehabilitation, implant dentistry, occlusion and biomechanics.

Derek Mahony

Dr Derek Mahony
Full Face Orthodontics

Derek Mahony is a Sydney based Specialist Orthodontist who has spoken to thousands of practitioners about the benefits of interceptive orthodontic treatment. Early in his career Dr Mahony learned from leading clinicians the dramatic effect functional appliance therapy can afford patients in orthodontic treatment. He has been combining the fixed and functional appliance approach ever since. His lectures are based on the positive impact such a combined treatment approach has had on his orthodontic results and the benefits this philosophy provides from a practice management viewpoint.

Dr Mahony has been seeing an average of 250 patients per week for the last decade and has gained a vast amount of experience which he can pass on to clinicians so that they can come to appreciate the key elements of his combined treatment approach. He currently has over 3000 orthodontic patients in active treatment and has been a key note speaker at the International Orthodontic Summit meetings, the International Association of Orthodontics meetings, and the American Association of Functional Orthodontics meetings. He is considered by some to be the "next leading lecturer on functional/fixed orthodontics." Dr Mahony will provide a stimulating presentation for clinicians wishing to advance their treatment results via a simplistic step by step approach.

marina kamel

Dr Marina Kamel
Westside Perio and Implants

Dr Marina Kamel is a specialist periodontist based at Westside Perio and Implants in Brisbane, Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Distinction from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2012. Thereafter, she completed her Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Periodontics) and specialist training in implant dentistry at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2019. She was awarded a membership with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (MRACDS) in the Periodontics specialty as well as obtaining fellowship (FRACDS) in general dental practice.

Dr Kamel was awarded the prestigious FG Christensen medal for obtaining the highest ranking in the primary RACDS examinations across Australasia. She has received multiple academic and research awards during her professional career including the reputable Judith and Dr. Mario Adamo Implant Innovation Scholarship for her research work as well as the Osteology Foundation Research Award for her research in 2020. Dr Kamel is the President of the Australian Society of Periodontists (ASP) and the Vice President for the Australasian Osseointegration Society (AOS) in Queensland. She is an active member of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), Australian & New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP), and the Australian Dental Association (ADA).


Dr Mark Wotherspoon
Dentist specialising in Aged Care
Dr Mark's HyGenie

Dr Mark Wotherspoon is a Private Practice general dentist who loves working with Hygienists and OHTs.

He has also worked in the remote Kimberley of Western Australia, served in the Regular Army as a Dental Officer and even set up a dental surgery within a Private Prison. More recently Dr Wotherspoon has developed the portable dental service “Dentist To Your Door” and participated in the ADA’s submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. He has alsoinvented, developed and launched a range of home care dental hygiene products.

tony saad

Dr Tony Saad
Dental Avenue

Graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney in 1992, Tony has owned and operated a number of successful dental surgeries across Sydney.

Results-driven, Tony believes the best results come from customised and comprehensive treatment plans that address the patient’s specific needs. Holding a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), Tony has consulted for several international dental organisations and brings a wealth of best-practice experience to our team. Keeping his finger to the pulse when it comes to the latest in technology and techniques, Tony continues to bring to his practice the very latest in products, technologies and services that enhance our patients’ wellbeing.

A busy family man, Tony likes to spend time with his kids bike riding and playing tennis.

michael cai

Dr Michael Cai
Pitt Street Dental Centre

Dr Michael Cai is a well known Sydney dentist who combines an extraordinary eye for aesthetic perfection with a devotion to compassionate, gentle dental care. His elite CBD practice brings together his knowledge of cosmetic and restorative dentistry and close attention to detail to produce the finest possible treatments for a wide array of dental problems. His aesthetic excellence can be seen on many celebrity smiles, including NRL footballers, Master Chefs, models and actors.

He is committed to changing the stereotypes of dentists and the experience of visiting the dentist, which can be seen through the innovative design of the practice and its approach. He also treats dental phobic patients with twilight sedation with his visiting dental sedationists to ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience.

Dr Michael Cai graduated with Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Western Australia, Perth, and was awarded with Honours for his outstanding academic and clinical achievements. He also had extensive experience working as a dental technician. He received numerous prizes and the prestigious ADRF and Delta Sigma Delta research scholarships for his researches. He also completed the Master Clinician program in Implant Dentistry Program from the University of California in Los Angeles and the GIDE institute.

Dr James Lucas

Dr James Lucas
Paediatric Dentist
Lucas Dental Care

Dr James Lucas is one of the leading paediatric dental specialists in Australia.

He has extensive experience in the world of paediatric dentistry and has been a consultant and Deputy Director of the Dental Department at the Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and has acted as an examiner for postgraduate training throughout Australia.

James has lectured extensively both in Australia and internationally and his areas of expertise are the management of dental trauma and the management of medically compromised children. He has published a number of research papers and book chapters and has also co-authored a children’s book about dentistry.

James was a visiting consultant to the National Hospital of Odontostomatolgy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for 10 years where he was involved in education and a project in the evaluation and treatment of children suffering with cleft lip and palate in Southern Vietnam.He has been President of the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and also the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry. In 2019 he was awarded the honour of being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Paediatric Dentistry and the dental community.

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