BDS (Lond), LDSRCS (Eng), MDSc (WA) Orth, MRACDS Orth, Grad Dip DSM (UWA)
Dr Chris Orloff is a dental graduate of Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry (1989). In 1992, in a quest for something different, he and his wife Sarah moved from the leafy towns surrounding the River Thames to the dry remote outback town of Coober Pedy. While in Coober Pedy, Chris and Sarah enjoyed the wide open spaces, Chris’ varied career as a General Dentist and a little Opal Fever, mining underground in their spare time! They enjoyed this experience so much they decided to stay in Australia.
In 1996, Dr Chris was accepted for the orthodontic training programme at UWA, so they packed everything up again and travelled across the Nullarbor with their new baby to commence a new life in the northern beachside suburbs of Perth.
The orthodontic training programme at UWA is a three-year, full-time course which required Dr Chris to work weekends and evenings as a dentist to pay the bills, while stealing time whenever possible to spend with their infant daughter Hannah.
On completion of the training programme, Dr Chris was awarded a Master of Science in Orthodontics and later was conferred Membership in the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons.
Dr Chris worked in various positions as a specialist orthodontist before establishing Class 1 Orthodontics. Class I Orthodontics’ first clinic in Kalgoorlie opened in 1999. Rockingham followed in 2002 and the Class 1 Orthodontics name has grown from there. Since the expansion of Class 1 Orthodontics and the birth of their second daughter Maya, Dr Chris has worked tirelessly to bring modern, time-saving orthodontic techniques to the WA family practice he established.
Invisalign changed the world of orthodontics by creating the first digital patient-specific orthodontic technique with customisation for every patient. He believes the future of orthodontics is customised to each person, achieving excellent results but also simultaneously reducing the need for so many disruptive appointments affecting school and work schedules.
Dr Chris has not neglected his obligation to the profession of orthodontics, serving two-year terms as both State Treasurer and State President of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (WA Branch). He is currently a member of the Australian Dental Society and the American Association of Orthodontists.
Over the years Dr Chris has developed an interest in the impact of Sleep Disordered breathing in both children and adults and has successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine at UWA.
He currently holds a position as Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology. His current research projects are clinical investigations into the effects of Invisalign aligners and tele-dentistry.
Despite a very busy and rewarding professional career, Dr Chris still manages to get away from it all. His interests are boating and diving, and his growing herd of lively alpacas!
Dr Hopkins admits that dentistry wasn't his first choice of careers. After leaving school, he studied a four-year degree in Biotechnology in Ireland. The 'craic' was great but the prospect of working in a laboratory not so great. So, he took the scenic route into dentistry and started the course at the University of Manchester in 2001.
In his third year, Dr Hopkins realised that becoming a specialist was the path for him. He found orthodontics very interesting and enjoyed wire bending. After qualifying in 2006, he spent the next three years working towards applying for orthodontics. He worked in general dental practice, paediatric dentistry, community dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and orthodontics. In 2009, he made it and was accepted into the orthodontic programme at Manchester.
After qualifying in orthodontics, Dr Hopkins and his very supportive wife, Nayha, began the process of applying to work in Australia. No sooner had they secured their permanent residences when a position was advertised to work at Class 1 Orthodontics.
Dr Hopkins believes it was fate, and describes Class 1 Orthodontics as the perfect job in a great location, with great support from staff in a relaxed working environment with a focus on good quality patient care.
Outside of work, Dr Hopkins loves spending time with Nayha and their two children, Ethan and Julia. When he gets the chance, he tries to keep fit with regular runs and sporadic gym sessions. Both Nayha and Dr Hopkins are PADI advanced divers but have yet to dive in WA.
Dr Trudy Stewart grew up in country Queensland and initially studied a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy through the University of Queensland. After working as an Occupational Therapist for three years, Dr Stewart returned to university and completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery through the University of Adelaide in 2004.
Dr Stewart was awarded many prizes while studying her dental degree, including the Physics prize, Malcolm Joyner Prize, T Draper Campbell Medal and Prize and the Australian Society of Orthodontists Prize. Dr Stewart was recognised on the Dean’s List on completion of her undergraduate studies and received the prestigious Moore Medal for overall academic excellence and outstanding contribution as an undergraduate student. She was also the national winner of the Australian Society of Endodontists Undergraduate Essay Competition.
Following completion of her dental degree, Dr Stewart worked for two years as a Dental Registrar at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth and then for three years as a Senior Dental Officer at Middlemore Hospital, Starship Hospital for Children and Greenlane Clinical Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.
In 2010, Dr Stewart returned to the University of Adelaide and undertook her Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics. She graduated in 2013 with a Dean’s commendation for excellence for her research on dental ankylosis.
Since graduation, Dr Stewart has worked in both the public and private sectors in Adelaide before relocating to Perth and joining the Class 1 Orthodontics team in February 2016. Dr Stewart is a member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists and a committee member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists Foundation for Research and Education, the peak body for orthodontic research and education in Australia. She regularly attends local, national and international conferences to keep at the forefront of orthodontic knowledge.
Outside of orthodontics, Dr Stewart is interested in health, fitness and travel and loves spending time with her friends and miniature dachshund, Harvey. She also donates prizes to Mulgildie State Primary School and Monto State High School; her former primary and high schools for the highest academic achievement in year 7 and year 11.
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