Speakers


Joe Antoun

Joseph Antoun received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics) from the University of Otago. He currently divides his time between Christchurch (private practice) and Dunedin (Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago). In addition to his clinical practice, Joe has published over 40 scientific articles, and presented both nationally and internationally. Over the past several years, Joseph has been invited to speak at several European Orthodontic Congresses, and most recently, was a keynote speaker at the Australian Orthodontic Congress.

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Prof Joe Boden

Joe Boden is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago Christchurch. He is the Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study, a longitudinal study of over 1000 people born in Christchurch in 1977 and followed to age 40. Prof . Boden originally trained as an experimental social psychologist, and previously worked in the US, UK, and Australia, before coming to New Zealand in 2002. He was awarded a University of Otago Christchurch Gold Medal for Research Excellence in 2017, and recently served on the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor’s Expert Panel on Cannabis.

Prof. Boden’s research interests include: the psychosocial causes and consequences of substance use, abuse, and dependence; mental health and substance use epidemiology; and the social and psychological determinants of maladaptive behaviour including aggression and violence.

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Dr Paul Cashman

Paul graduated as a dentist from Trinity College Dublin in 2000 and subsequently trained as a Prosthodontist at the University of Iowa, USA. A fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas followed.

Fate conspired, in the form of a Timaruvian, to bring him to Christchurch where he set up a Prosthodontic practice in 2015. In 2016 he joined Hospital Dentistry at the CDHB with a focus on treating cancer patients as part of a multidisciplinary team. Shortly afterwards, a 3-4 monthly joint Paeds/Pros/Ortho assessment and treatment planning clinic for minors with inherited dental anomalies was instigated and continues to date.

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Dr Rhonda Coyne

Dr. Rhonda Coyne studied dentistry at the University of Queensland and is a University of Melbourne Orthodontic Alumnus. From a family of specialists and teachers she takes special interest in all forms of education, technology and professional development and implementing and using technology efficiently and effectively in practice. She has presented widely on a range of topics both inside and outside of orthodontics. She is a strategic thinker and early adopter and was on of the first users of Dental Monitoring in Australia.

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Dr Jason Erasmus

Jason Erasmus completed his undergraduate Medical and Dental training at the University of Stellenbosch and completed his 5-year Oral and Maxillofacial residency at the same university, receiving his MChD degree cum laude in 1999.

He completed a 12-month implant residency in Europe in 2000 and entered private practice in 2001.

Jason is currently on staff at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at Christchurch hospital and in part time private practice at St Georges Hospital, where he practices the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Jason focuses mainly on implantology, orthognathic, reconstructive and secondary cleft surgery.

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Prof Mauro Farella

Professor Farella's research activities are mainly focused on the physiology and pathology of the masticatory muscles and on their relationship to orthodontics, craniofacial growth, and temporomandibular disorders. He is currently also involved in a number of randomized control clinical trials in orthodontics and in clinical gnathology.

Professor Farella's research has been a mixture of activities carried out previously at the University of Zurich and new activities initiated at the Discipline of Orthodontics, University of Otago. In Switzerland, he was the principal investigator in a research project testing the hypothesis that stereotypic patterns of muscle contractions are at risk for the development of masticatory muscle pain. In Otago, he has continued his research in craniofacial musculature, but with a greater focus on orthodontic-related issues.

Professor Farella has started new collaborations with the School of Physiotherapy, with the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Radiology and has an ongoing collaboration overseas with the University of Zurich and the University of Naples Federico II.

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Prof Frank Frizelle

Frank graduated MBChB, from Otago University in 1985, and subsequently undertook general surgical training in New Zealand obtaining FRACS in 1992. Following a period of further overseas training at the Mayo Clinic Mn, USA (colorectal surgery) and Ninewells, Dundee Scotland (laparoscopic fellowship) he took up a position on joint clinical staff with the at University of Otago Christchurch and what is how CDHB in 1996. Frank was awarded a personal Chair in Colorectal Surgery in 2000, and subsequently took over as head of the University Department of Surgery in 2006.

Frank has a MMedSc from Otago University and has fellowships from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons (FACS), The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (FASCRS),the New Zealand Medical Association (FNZMA), and is an honorary member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACGBI), and an honorary fellowship from the College of Surgeons of Ireland (FRCSI).

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Dr Winifred Harding

Winifred graduated as an orthodontist in 1985 and took over her father’s practice in Dunedin. She has worked part time in her private practice and part time as a clinical teacher at the University of Otago ever since. Winifred has played an active role in the running of the NZAO over the past 35 years, especially in setting up the auxiliary training program, and is currently involved with the Education and Research Foundation, the Wish For A Smile selection committee and the mentoring group. In the past she has worked closely with the Asian and Pacific Orthodontic Society, chairing their conference in conjunction with the World Federation Congress in Sydney 2010, and the Australian Society of Orthodontists with regard to the Australasian Orthodontic Board.

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Dr Howard Holmes

Dr Howard Holmes is a specialist orthodontist practicing in Perth and Margaret River, Western Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours and Masters Degree in Orthodontics from The University of Western Australia (UWA) and has been in specialist orthodontic private practice since 2000.

Howard was the Chairman of organizing committee for the 23rd Australian Orthodontic Congress, held in Perth in 2012 and is currently the Federal President of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO). Howard has also held various tutoring and examiner roles within the Orthodontic department at the UWA School of Dentistry.

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Mike King

Mike King was previously known as the iconic Kiwi entertainer, however that role changed dramatically with the conception of his hugely popular radio show "The Nutters Club". The show evolved from Mike’s own experience of mental illness and addiction and has become a huge success. The aim of the show is to ‘forever change the way people feel, think, talk and behave in relation to mental health’.

These days Mike is better known for his work as a prominent mental health educator and motivational speaker with the work he does under his charity and with his conference speaking. Mike's aim is to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting a positive social change.

Mike works with all levels within an organisation to help with mental health and safety in the workplace. His message tells of how he overcame drug and alcohol addiction, and his continued battle against depression.

Mike's visit is sponsored by MAS

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Margie Paterson

Margie completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago in 2013. She then spent five years working in both private and public sectors in the Auckland and Waikato regions. In 2019, she moved to Dunedin with her family to undertake postgraduate studies in Orthodontics. Following the completion of her studies, she looks forward to exploring more of NZ and ticking off a few more of our great walks.

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Dr Emily Lam

Emily has been in specialist orthodontic private practice for 10 years. She completed her undergraduate dental training at the University of Otago in 2004. Emily spent three years in general dental private practice and teaching oral surgery in Melbourne. She returned to Dunedin and completed her postgraduate specialist training at the University of Otago in 2010 with a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry specialising in Orthodontics. Emily joined Peter Gilbert and Peter Dysart in 2010 in Lower Stuart Street. Emily’s interests outside of orthodontics include cooking, gardening and holidays with her husband Yash and two children. Emily is a member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists, New Zealand Dental Association and Dunedin Dental Association. She is proud to be a participating orthodontist for the Wish for a Smile Trust , the charitable arm of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists.

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Michael Skilbeck

Michael is a third year DClinDent student at the University of Otago. Originally from Australia, he graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 and worked in a mixture of indigenous health care and private practice in Northern New South Wales for four years. He then moved to New Zealand in 2019 to undertake his orthodontic training. Outside of Orthodontics he enjoys cycling, tramping and skiing.

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Dr Ronald Sluiter

Dr Ronald Sluiter graduated in 1982 from Dental School in Groningen, The Netherlands. He finished his post graduate course in Orthodontics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 1986. Apart from working in private practice since 1986, Ronald worked for 6 years at the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam and a number of years as a staff member at the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam. As a long time committee member of the Dutch Dental Association, he participated in formulating the Quality Handbook for the Dutch Orthodontist.

Since the pursuit of a lifestyle change in 2009, Dr Sluiter moved to New Zealand where he currently resides and works in Christchurch and surrounding areas.

Dr Sluiter has been an Invisalign provider since 2001, and has treated over 1000 Invisalign patients. He is an Invisalign Diamond provider and has given presentations to other specialists about the Invisalign System.

Dr Sluiter is currently an international member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the European Orthodontic Society and the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists.

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Julia Smith

Julia is a 3rd year orthodontic postgraduate student.

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Dr Prashant Zaveri

Prashant completed his master’s degree in Periodontics (1986) and Orthodontics (1989) from Nair Hospital Dental College, University of Bombay. He completed his post graduate Diploma in Clinical Periodontology from university of Otago with High distinction in 2011. He has a Private Specialist Orthodontic & Periodontic Practice in Auckland, New Zealand.

Prashant is an excellent teacher, clinician and his unique dual qualification generates interest in all his presentations, national and international. He is a member of various National and International Orthodontic & Periodontic Associations and has served in various roles in the Asia Pacific Orthodontic society and has been specially recognized for establishing the ‘Foundation for Research and Education’ for the APOS.

Prashant is Trainer and Facilitator for Total Quality Management. He has worked as a Senior Consultant and a Certified Trainer and Facilitator for Quality improvement in Health care at Qimpro Institute, an affiliate of Juran International Inc. USA.

He has keen interest in all types of sport and has qualified as a level II cricket coach through the Auckland Cricket Association, New Zealand. He devotes a lot of his time at the temple and the associated charitable institute. He is currently studying the Sanskrit language, Vedic Scriptures and practices meditation.

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