Dr Riaan Foot was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his undergraduate dental training at the University of Stellenbosch and it was during his time as a student, whilst treating orthodontic patients in the student clinic, that he discovered a passion for orthodontics. He realised that the discipline of orthodontics had immense power, not only to improve smiles, but also to transform the lives of patients. He gained tremendous satisfaction from seeing the improvement in confidence and self esteem in young patients, following treatment and this inspired him to pursue a career in orthodontics.
Following graduation, Dr Foot worked in a busy private family dental practice. He also enrolled and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Interceptive Orthodontics at the University of the Western Cape.
After relocating to Australia he completed the primary examinations to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the final examinations of the Australian Dental Council granting him full Dental Board registration.
Dr Foot was subsequently accepted into specialist 0rthodontic training program at the University of Sydney, completing the three year full time specialist training course, Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics).
During his time has a student, Dr Foot received the prize for the best treated student case at the Australian Society of Orthodontics (NSW) clinical day. He has also been awarded Membership to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Dr Foot has been fortunate enough to lecture both in Australia and abroad and was invited to join the University of Sydney faculty on a part time basis, following graduation, where he tutors and lectures to postgraduate specialist students.
Dr Foot's special interests include the use of Temporary anchorage devices to expedite treatment results, dentofacial orthopaedics and aesthetic adult treatment modalities.