After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1989 with a degree in dentistry, Dr Hammond moved to Armidale then Byron Bay, where he gained invaluable experience treating the whole range of dental conditions in all ages and stages of life. He also took the opportunity to travel and have some great life experiences.
Ten years after graduating as a dentist, he was offered a position to study as a specialist in orthodontics. He returned to full time study and was awarded a Masters of Dental Science (Orthodontics) from the University of Sydney in 2001. His thesis on sleep apnoea devices was subsequently published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics.
Since then, Dr Hammond has enjoyed all aspects of orthodontic practice, from treating primary school kids to the elderly.
Outside of his work in orthodontics, Dr Hammond enjoys life with his wife and six children. He loves being in the ocean (preferably on a board) or, alternatively, watching it.
Dr Ashwin completed his dental studies at the University of Sydney and graduated with Honours after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science at UNSW. He worked in private practices in and around Sydney for seven years, giving him valuable experience in all aspects of dentistry, while also participating in volunteer programs providing dental treatment to underprivileged people in Fiji.
Whilst in general practice, he thoroughly enjoyed treating children and teenagers and seeing the positive changes in their confidence whilst they underwent their orthodontic treatment with their orthodontist. After undertaking a number of continuing education courses, he decided to pursue his interest in orthodontics by returning to university. The three year specialist orthodontic program at the University of Sydney provided him with the skills to provide orthodontic treatment to a broad spectrum of patients, with treatments ranging from early intervention to orthognathic surgery.
It is vitally important to stay abreast of best practice and new developments within the field of orthodontics, and as such he strives to attend as many conferences and educational events as possible both in person and virtually. He has been certified in the use of Invisalign, continuing to learn from the best in both disciplines in order to provide the best possible treatments to his patients.
While not at work, he loves to spend time with his wife and friends, ideally with good food involved! Fun fact: he also enjoys listening to and playing music and has been a part of a number of bands in and around Sydney! Sadly not nearly talented enough to quit the day job though...