Dr. Michael graduated in 2005 from the University of Melbourne. He began his career with the Australian Army in the Northern Territory, before moving to private practice in Cairns. He returned to Melbourne to start a family with his wife and is a proud parent of three young children.
Michael enjoys practicing many disciplines in dentistry, but has a special interest in comprehensive care, listening to his patients and helping them understand their oral health, their options and how they can maintain or create a natural healthy smile. He is keen on developing and improving gum health and shape, improving the appearance and sensitivity from gum recession and augmenting the gums to create a solid foundation for a healthy mouth and body.
As a child he had difficult dental experiences that caused him concern and anxiety about going to the dentist, until one family dentist helped him get over that fear. Michael feels strongly that these encouraging experiences should be part of dentistry, making you as comfortable as possible, understanding your concerns and needs to help you take control of your oral health.
One of the most rewarding experiences Michael has found in dentistry is giving people their confidence back, whether that be simply developing an understanding of their mouths or creating beautiful, natural looking smile makeovers to improve the look, function and lives of his patients. Michael loves to hear about the lives and challenges that people have had, so we can work together to create goals and plan care to fit each person, building confidence and function for life.
Driven by his interests, Michael’s practice includes working with and supporting nervous or anxious adults or children, family dentistry and gum health, implantology from single tooth replacement to rebuilding full mouth function, cosmetic and sedation care. As someone who grinds his teeth at night, having worn his teeth down, experiencing jaw pain and working with many who share the same challenges, he understands the difficulties people face when they are confronted by broken, cracked and worn teeth. When patients have been in this situation, it can be daunting. Michael finds great satisfaction in helping you find out why this has happened, what the future may be for your mouth and how you can manage, stop or restore the damage.
When not in the chair, Michael loves spending time with his family, using his imagination and building things with his children. He enjoys woodworking, particularly with manual or hand tools. When not engaged in the above, he loves his wine and board games, but in reality, these are just ways to enjoy time with people that you share those experiences with.