EMS Educators in Australia
Prof Axel Spahr Dr. med. dent. habil., MRACDS (Perio)
Axel Spahr is Head of Periodontics at the Sydney Dental Hospital and Head of the Discipline of Periodontics at the University of Sydney. He 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 and extensive experience in basic science research and clinical research.
His research interests include periodontal regeneration, bone regeneration, periodontitis and systemic diseases as well as dental implants and peri-implant diseases. He has lead 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 author of numerous publications in international peer-reviewed dental and medical journals, author of book chapters and has presented his work at professional conferences worldwide.
Axel is a board registered periodontal specialist, Past President of the Periodontal Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) and works in private specialist practice (Park St Perio) in Sydney.
Dr Wendy Gill MRACDS (Perio)
Dr Wendy Gill graduated from UWA in 1994 and spent 9 years in general practice before completing her Masters Degree in Periodontology in 2006. Wendy obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Perio) in the same year and now maintains a specialist periodontal practice in West Perth.
She is a previous president of the Australian Society of Periodontology (WA), a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology, AOS member and member of numerous dental groups. Wendy co-ordinates a local ITI Study Club and is on the council for the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP). She lectures locally and nationally on periodontal and dental implant topics.
Dr Jeremy Vo BDS, DClinDent (Perio), MRACDS (Perio)
Dr. Vo obtained his BDS dental degree from the University of Adelaide. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Periodontics from the University of Sydney, registering as a Specialist Periodontist with the dental board of Australia. Following completion of his degrees, he was also awarded membership into the prestigious Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Since then, Dr. Vo has been awarded with separate research grants in the fields of periodontology and craniofacial biology.
Working in private practice in Sydney since 2009, Dr. Vo has also been a visiting clinical demonstrator for the DMD program at the University of Sydney. As an esteemed Periodontist, he holds membership with the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists and the International Team for Implantology. In addition, Dr. Vo has been an invited speaker at conferences in Australia and lectures on topics including the advanced and latest concepts in the management of periodontal diseases.
Dr Sal Shahidi BMedSc, BDent (Hons) (Syd), DClinDent (Perio), FRACDS
Dr Sal Shahidi graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science and a Bachelor of Dentistry with Honours from the University of Sydney in 2006. He commenced working in private practice with a special interest in Periodontics and held a teaching position at the University of Sydney within the discipline of Oral Surgery. During this time he also obtained a prestigious Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons by examination.
After 7 years in general practice he decided to pursue his interest in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry by undertaking full time specialist training, graduating with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Periodontics). He is a registered specialist in Periodontics and has lectured locally and nationally on the prevention and treatment of periodontitis and peri-implantitis.
Dr Christopher Barker BDS, DClinDent (Perio)
Dr Barker graduated dental school with Honours at the University of Adelaide in 2004. He worked in government and private practice for a number of years before completing a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry, specialising in Periodontology at Griffith University in 2014.
Chris was awarded a grant from the Australian Periodontology Research Foundation for his doctoral research which was an investigation of bone and modifying factors of bone resorption and bone production. He is an admitted fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and has completed the Long Surgical Course Certification from Implant Team International (ITI).
He has been a clinical instructor at Griffith University and he is a member of the Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP), Queensland branch, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP), International Team for Implantology (ITI), the Australian Osseointegration Society (AOS) and the Australian Dental Association (ADA).
Dr Meredith Owen BSc (Hons), BDent (Hons), DClinDent (Perio), MRACDS (Perio)
Dr. Meredith Owen received an honours degree in BioMedical Science from the University of Guelph before studying dentistry at the University of Sydney. She graduated with honours and was awarded the Henry Bruce Maxwell prize for restorative dentistry, an academic merit scholarship, and an alumni achievement honour for leadership and community engagement. She also obtained her Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Periodontics from the University of Sydney, and upon completion was awarded membership into the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Dr. Owen has been working in private practice since 2010 and currently resides and works in Newcastle, Australia. She is involved in teaching for the University of Sydney, and was both a clinical educator and a mentor. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists, the Australian Society of
Periodontology, and the International Team for Implantology.
Dr Paul McHugh BDS (Adel), BScDent (Hons), MDS (Adel), FICD, FPFA
Dr Paul McHugh graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1980. Initially he worked in the RAAF as a serving Dentist before becoming the senior lecturer to the dental hygienist course and then commencing private practice. He returned to Adelaide University and became a registered periodontist in 1991. In specialist private practice in Adelaide he started Adelaide Periodontics and Implant Professionals. Paul’s clinical and scientific interests are in the field of periodontal tissue regeneration, bone grafting and dental implants.
Paul has been actively involved with undergraduate and postgraduate training for dentists and dental hygienists, and is a speaker for the ITI. He has served as chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP), and Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP state and federal). Paul has received fellowships from the International Team of Implantology, The Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentistry
Tabitha Acret BOH
Tabitha has 22 years’ experience in the dental industry. She graduated from Newcastle University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Oral Health and has since worked in private practice and as dental educator at Sydney University.
Tabitha has a passion for community dentistry, preventative care and implant maintenance. She has volunteered clinically both within Australia and overseas and volunteers on a regular basis for the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA). She is the current DHAA National Vice President, Northern Territory Director and Chair of Continuing Education nationally. Implant maintenance is her passion and Tabitha has travelled extensively overseas to obtain more knowledge on the subject including the Malo Clinic in Portugal. She is currently undertaking her Implant Maintenance certification in Washington DC, USA.
Tabitha is currently working in private practice in the Northern Territory and has just started her Master’s in Public Health at Charles Darwin University. She also splits her time working as a Clinical Educator for EMS Oceania, helping to pass on her knowledge and passion to ‘keep implants for life’.
Deb Brown BOH
Deb is a Dental Hygienist with a Grad Dip in Restorative Dental Hygiene (Canada). She has worked in a variety of health care settings over the past 30 years in both hospital and private practices providing care in general dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, TMJ and facial pain as well as medically compromised patients.
Deb holds a Cert IV TAE and is a qualified clinical supervisor and lecturer in Melbourne. She has provided training nationally to Oral Health Professionals in assisting their patients to QUIT smoking and is currently studying for her Masters in Clinical Teaching.
Jennine Bywaters graduated in 1987 from Curtin University with an Associate Diploma in Dental Therapy. She has attained the Cert. Health Education, a BSc in Health Promotion and post a Grad Dip in Occupational Health and Safety.
She has been a clinical demonstrator for student dental hygienists at Curtin University and participates in the clinical placement programme.
EMS Educators in New Zealand
Dr Helen English BDS, MDS(Perio), FRACDS(Perio)
Dr Helen English completed her Masters in Periodontology with Distinction from the University of Otago in 2005, gaining her Royal Australasian College Fellowship that same year. She subsequently established Nelson Periodontics, the only private specialist periodontal and dental implant surgery practice in the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
Although full time clinical practice is her primary interest, she maintains various research commitments and is a committee member of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists, a member of the International Team of Implantology, and the Specialists’ Representative on the board of the NZDA. She has lectured at numerous conferences including the International Academy of Periodontology, ANZAP, NZDHA, NZAO meetings and the RACDS Convocation.
She has also been awarded a New Zealand Dental Research Foundation Grant to undertake specialist practice-based research into subgingival delivery devices for periodontitis lesions in conjunction with the University of Otago and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She runs hands-on courses and lectures internationally for numerous organisations, including the Swiss Dental Academy, and is proud to be involved in continuing education for her colleagues.
Deb Pratt RDH
Deb graduated from the School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Vermont (USA) in 1995. She began her career in dentistry in 1987, working both administratively and clinically as a chair side assistant. Deb has a passion for clinical dental hygiene, but mostly a strong desire to make dental visits stress-free and even… fun! She truly believes 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'.
Originally from the state of Vermont, Deb settled in New Zealand in 2004, calling Picton her new home. Over that decade she practised in both Blenheim and Nelson.