Shine Orthodontics: North Lakes
With more than 35 years’ experience in dental practice, Dr Shields maintains a real enthusiasm for the profession and the practice of clinical orthodontics. While his secondary schooling and undergraduate dental training were completed at the University of Queensland, Dr Shields travelled to England to complete his orthodontic Masters qualifications at the prestigious University of London.
His commitment to his profession is ongoing with regular attendance at local, national and international orthodontic meetings and conferences enabling him to remain at the forefront of modern orthodontic philosophies and techniques. As one of the first orthodontists in Australia to achieve certification of the Australasian Orthodontic Board, Dr. Shields has further displayed his commitment to ongoing professional development.
Dr Shields’ fun-loving approach helps provide his patients with an enriching orthodontic experience, while his excellent communication skills give both his patients and their parents a clear understanding of the processes and goals of their orthodontic treatment.
His wife and three daughters occupy the majority of his spare time, however he maintains a keen interest in sailing, golf, snow skiing and rugby.
Dr Trusler has been an integral member of the Shine Orthodontics practice since 1988. He attended the University of Queensland where he obtained his Bachelor of Dental Science degree, graduating with First Class Honours in 1983.
While studying his final years of Dentistry, Dr Trusler received a scholarship with the Royal Australian Air Force and upon graduation spent the next three years working as a dental officer at No. 3 RAAF Hospital Richmond, New South Wales and Amberley, Queensland Air Force bases. Dr Trusler then returned to Brisbane to complete his Orthodontic Masters qualification.
His caring attitude and approachability make Dr Trusler very popular with his patients.
Dr Trusler maintains an enthusiastic interest in rugby and enjoys fishing. He is a keen runner, completing several half-marathons and the occasional fun run. However, his primary interests are those that involve his wife and three children.
Dr Fitzpatrick received his Bachelor of Dental Science degree with honours from the University of Queensland in 2000. As a general dentist, he lived and worked in Hervey Bay, the Sunshine Coast, the UK, Brisbane’s north western suburbs and the Brisbane CBD.
Dr Fitzpatrick gained his specialty in orthodontics from The University of Melbourne in 2011. He joined the Shine Orthodontics team in 2012 and enjoys sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for orthodontics with the practice and our patients.
In his spare time he spends time with his young family and can be found mountain biking and snowboarding when the opportunity arises.
Dr Patel obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree in 2007 and after seven years of general practice, relocated to Adelaide where he completed his Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry degree in the speciality of orthodontics.
He is currently a member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the Australian Dental Association and is keen to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for orthodontics with our practice and our patients.
Dr Patel joined the Shine Team in 2021 and is a confident and caring professional who strives for excellence in patient care.
In his spare time, he is a devout cricket fan who also loves playing tennis, reading, playing the guitar, listening to music and spending time with his family.
Chris completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2014 in North Queensland at James Cook University. Research opportunities during undergraduate studies in dentistry and after led him to pursuing a desire to become an orthodontist. He later completed a full-time 3 year orthodontic residency to achieve specialist registration, obtaining a Doctorate in Orthodontics in 2018 from the University of Queensland.
Chris previously practiced orthodontics for three years on the Gold Coast from 2019 to 2021.
In 2022 he joined Metro North (Queensland Health) to provide orthodontic services to the Queensland Children’s Hospital and Herston Oral Health Centre, providing orthodontic treatment to cleft lip and palate patients as well those with complex craniofacial conditions.
Later in 2022, Chris joined Shine Orthodontics in Brisbane, where he has been dedicated to providing patients with exception orthodontic care. He is committed to continuing education to ensure he is at the forefront of orthodontic knowledge, regularly participating in meetings and conferences nationally and internationally. Chris holds certification with the Australasian Orthodontic Board (AOB), and is a member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO), American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) and World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO).
Chris is married with two children and enjoys cycling, travelling and reading.