Professor Emeritus Ronald L. Ettinger

Department of Prosthodontics, University of Iowa, College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics
Dr Ettinger’s expertise lies in the dental care for elderly and handicapped patients. He joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1973. He was a professor in the UI Institute for Dental Research and Department of Prosthodontics.

Dr Ettinger directed geriatric education at the College of Dentistry. His teaching responsibilities included clinical prosthodontics at the undergraduate level and clinical geriatrics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His clinical activities included prosthodontic and geriatric care of referred patients.

Dr Ettinger's research focused on dental care for the elderly and handicapped, including longitudinal studies of overdentures, aging at the cellular level, efficacy of fluoride prevention for overdenture abutments, epidemiology of oral diseases in older adults, and health service needs of older adults. He also studied decision-making of dentists involving the care of patients with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.

Dr Ettinger has been a past president of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry (1985-87), a member of both the American and International Associations for Dental Research (AADR and IADR), past president of the AADR's Prosthodontics Research Group, past president of the IADR Geriatric Oral Research Group, and editor-in-chief of Special Care in Dentistry. In 2001, he received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Dentistry and in 2010, Dr. Ettinger received the IADR Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry Award.

Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO


Chief Executive Officer and Research Director of the Oral Health Co-operative Research Centre at the Melbourne Dental School, The University of Melbourne.

Eric is a leading figure in oral health science, both in Australia and internationally, with more than 30 years’ experience in oral health research.  For 16 years until 2015, Eric was Head of the Melbourne Dental School and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Eric has published 327 scientific papers and his H-index is 67 with current citations 15,342. He has published in high impact journals [e.g. Nature Micro] as well as in dental journals [e.g. J Dent Res]; and has attracted substantial funding for oral health research from the Australian government to establish the largest Centre for Oral Health Research in Australia and New Zealand.

Eric has represented dentistry on the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council for over 20 years and has provided advice on the safety and efficacy of water fluoridation. He has lectured extensively and has chaired and participated in a wide range of professional committees and panels.  He was appointed a Laureate Professor at The University of Melbourne in 2011, a distinction reserved for only a few professorial academics. In 2005, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to dentistry.  He received the Clunies Ross National Science and Technology award in 2002 and the Victoria Prize for Science in 2005.  In 2011 he was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award by the International Association for Dental Research, and in 2015 the Leach Medal for research excellence and the Global Health Impact Award from the University of Melbourne. In 2016 he received the Award of Merit from the Australian Dental Association. 

Dr Archana Pradhan

BDS, BSc Dent (Hons), PhD, DClinDent (Special Needs Dentistry) (The University of Adelaide), Fellow of Special Care Dentistry (USA)
Archana obtained her dental qualifications from The University of Adelaide. She was awarded a Fellow of Special Care Dentistry (USA) in 2015. She worked as a Consultant at the Special Needs Unit, Adelaide Dental Hospital, South Australian Dental Service and a Research Fellow at The Australian Centre for Population Oral Health. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland. She has been providing dental care to people with special needs since 2004. Her research projects include older adults, people with head and neck cancers, Special Olympics athletes, people with disabilities and their carers. As the lead for People with Disabilities, Australia’s National Oral Health Plan (2014 – 2023), the Vice-President of Australian Society for Special Care in Dentistry (ASSCID), and the National Clinical Director, Special Smiles, Special Olympics Australia, she has been a strong advocate for people with special needs and their carers.

As an Executive Committee Member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry (ANZASND), she strives for the growth of this emerging specialty of Special Needs Dentistry and challenging area of research on oral health inequalities among the most vulnerable populations.

A/Prof Sharon Liberali

BDS(Adel); Grad.Dip.Clin.Dent; D.Clin.Dent(SND); FRACDS(SND); FICD; FPFA
A/Professor Liberali completed her undergraduate dental degree at the University of Adelaide in 1986 and was awarded a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Special Needs Dentistry at the University of Adelaide in 2009. In 2010 she became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the special field of Special Needs Dentistry. In 2011 she was awarded a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (FICD) and in 2013 a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
A/Professor Liberali is the Director and Senior Consultant of the Special Needs Unit, Adelaide Dental Hospital, SA Dental Service, and holds an honorary Associate Dental Consultant position at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She is the Program Director of the specialist training program in Special Needs Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide and is the Principal Dentist at Health Partners Dental.

A/Professor Liberali is a past President of the SA Branch of the Australian Dental Association and also the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry. A/Professor Liberali currently Chairs the national ADA Infection Control Committee, and is the ADA representative on the HE-023 committee for Standards Australia and the NHMRC Infection Control Guidelines Advisory committee.

A/Prof Geraldine Moses

BPharm DClinPharm Adv.Prac.Pharm
Geraldine Moses is a doctor of clinical pharmacy specialising in drug information. She works part-time in the Academic Practice Unit of the Mater Public Hospital in Brisbane, is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland, and provides a national drug information service for members the Australian Dental Association called “Pharma-Advice”.

She also consults to organisations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Commission for Safety in Quality in Health Care, the Queensland Office of Health Ombudsman and the New Zealand Dental Association. A frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, Geraldine is well known amongst her profession and has received many awards including in 2002 she was named the Australian Pharmacist of the Year. And 2013 she received ADAQ’s Medal of Merit for services to the dental profession as a non-dentist.

Professor Peter Thomson

Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Queensland
Director, Oral Health Alliance, Metro North Hospital Health Services

A UK specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine, Peter Thomson first qualified in Dentistry, BDS (Hons) from Manchester University in 1982, and subsequently in Medicine, MBBS from Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1988. He was Lecturer in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Turner Dental School in Manchester between 1989 and 1996, during which time he undertook research into epithelial cell biology and oral carcinogenesis at the Christie Hospital gaining both MSc and PhD degrees. Peter obtained Fellowships in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Ireland in 1990 and an FRCS from Edinburgh in 1992. Having completed his surgical training in Maxillofacial Surgery and Head and Neck Oncology, Peter was appointed to the Chair in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Newcastle University in 1996. During his 20 years at Newcastle, Peter led both academic and clinical departments, was a founder member of the Northern Head & Neck Cancer Unit, and served as Clinical Director of the Newcastle Dental Hospital for 4 years. His principal clinical and research interests are in early diagnosis and surgical intervention for oral cancer and potentially malignant disease and he has published and presented over 250 research papers internationally. Peter is also an active clinical educator and has contributed to the development of oral surgical competency training for the undergraduate BDS course. In 2009 he was appointed Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and in 2011 a King James IV Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. In 2014, Peter was appointed Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, and was awarded a higher doctorate, DDSc from Manchester University, for his research work in oral oncology. In 2016, he was awarded an MD from the University of Bath for a research thesis on the interventional management of oral potentially malignant disorders. Peter joined UQ’s School of Dentistry as Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Academic Clinical Director in April 2016. In 2017, he was appointed Director of the conjoint UQ/MNHHS Oral Health Alliance.

Dr Ei Leen Lee

Anaethetist for 23 years Works at Royal Dental Hospital, and Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and various private hospitals. Royal Dental Hospital list primarily special needs patients. Had a private list working with Special Needs Dentals. Mother of two children with autism.

Dr Kelsey Pateman

Dr Kelsey Pateman is a teaching and research academic at the University of Queensland. Kelsey graduated from the Bachelor of Oral Health Program, at The University of Queensland, in 2009. Kelsey has recently completed her PhD, investigating the impact of head and neck cancer on quality of life and oral-health related supportive care needs.

Kelsey’s research interests include the connection between oral health and systemic health, the impact of oral conditions on quality of life and the social determinants of health and disease.

Professor Laurie Walsh

Professor Laurie Walsh is based at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry where he is the discipline head for special needs dentistry. He works at the UQ Oral Health Centre as a specialist in special needs dentistry. Laurie is Australia’s most experienced multi-wavelength dental laser user; He has been using lasers in the surgical management of soft tissue problems for over 25 years, and training dental and medical practitioners in laser surgery for over 20 years. He has published extensively on oral soft tissue problems in medically compromised patients and their clinical management using lasers.

Nicole Stormon

Nicole Stormon is an Oral health therapist and research assistant at the University of Queensland. Nicole is passionate about preventing oral disease through understanding understand and improving oral health on a population level. In the field of public health dentistry, she has researched a variety of topics including sweet beverage consumption, smoking cessation and the oral health of disadvantaged and special needs groups (aged care residents, mental illness, multiple sclerosis and homeless youth).

A/Prof Julie Satur

PhD, MHSc, Grad Dip HEd, Dip App Sc (Dental Therapy)
A/Prof Julie Satur graduated as a dental therapist in Melbourne in 1977 and has spent 18 years working for the Victorian School Dental Service as a clinical dental therapist, in management, and the dental health education unit.

Julie has a long history of involvement (1976- present) with the Victorian and Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Associations. She is an active advocate for public oral health at both state and national levels and has ongoing roles on several committees and associations. She spends one day of each week working in a private orthodontic practice.


Dr Avanti Karve

BDS, MHSc (Dev Dis), DClin Dent (SND), MRACDS (SND), FRACDS
Dr Karve is a registered specialist in Special Needs Dentistry. She has an honorary appointment with the University of Sydney where she acts as a course coordinator for the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry- Special Care Dentistry program and coordinated the undergraduate lecture and clinical series in Special Care Dentistry. Dr Karve is a Staff Specialist at Westmead Hospital- a tertiary referral centre in Sydney West Local Health District. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, and currently serves as the President Elect of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry.

Dr Helen Marchant

Dr Marchant specialised in Special Needs Dentistry in 2005 and has worked in the Special Needs Unit at the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne for the past 13 years.  She has been a visiting specialist at the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre and a demonstrator for the University of Melbourne (SND).

In February 2016 Helen opened her own private practice for people with special needs.  She has developed a special interest in treating people on the autism spectrum, gaining most of her knowledge from her 11-year old son.