#46 – Dental Education with Dr Susie Dracopoulos

There are a few people in your career who really leave an impact. Your first clinical mentor, your first employer, your close classmates. One of the most impactful for a generation of dentists at The University of Sydney is Dr Susie Dracopoulos – affectionately referred to as Dr D.

Dr D was the welcoming face at my first dentistry lecture. She led our preclinical training and was the year coordinator in those formative years. And while dentistry can be a stressful degree with stories that make some of us sweat years later, Dr D was a consistent support and a passionate teacher.

It goes without saying this one is nostalgic for me. But past that it is a window into teaching and the paths your career can take outside of clinical practice. Dr Dracopoulos is now the Scientific Affairs and Education Manager for the ANZ division of 3M Oral Care. A fascinating role and window into one of the many paths a career can take.

A wide ranging discussion with someone many of us know and trust, enjoy!

#45 – The First Few Years After Graduation

Mentorship is a hot topic. Everyone wants a mentor to help them through the early stages of their career. But what about the first and perhaps most influential mentors – your university friends?

This is a discussion with some of the people who genuinely got me through dental school. Dr Andre Audet, Dr Katherine Del Santo, Dr Brendan Scott and Dr Akshay Sidana came on the show to share their first few years after graduation and the tips and advice they feel will help you maximise your early career.

From dentistry in Canada to Burnout and work life balance – we cover a lot!

Enjoy, and feel free to reach out if you want to connect with Andre, Kat, Brendan or Akshay!

#43 – Work Hard, Play Hard with Anthony Mak

Great dentistry takes decades to learn. Refinement of skills is a process of dedication and persistence. And these are traits Dr Anthony Mak has in droves.

Anthony spent his first few years spread between a few practices with varying experiences and this gave him the well rounded foundation to use as a spring board for his career. Just this story alone is so useful in allowing us to consider and plan our journey in dentistry.

This is just the start of the tips advice and concepts Anthony shares in this podcast.

Dr Anthony Mak is making waves in dentistry and really contributing to the education of the dental community so for that we say thanks and for joining us on this engaging podcast interview.

#40 – Personal Finance with Dev Raga

We are very fortunate.

As dental professionals, we are lucky to earn a decent income straight out of university. But does that mean we’re good with money, or necessarily going to become financially independent?

COVID-19 has set many precedents, one that we could not have expected was that we could be restricted in our ability to provide for our patients and consequently stop our income in its tracks. An emergency fund, savings and investments for the future and other simple considerations allowed some to coast through this speed bump, and for others to spin out.

This episode we have the pleasure of speaking with Dev Raga from The Dev Raga – Personal Finance Podcast. Dev (his online alias) is a medical doctor who has a passion for personal finance. He runs a fantastic podcast that I strongly encourage you all to look into and learn from which shares foundational knowledge and principles in all things finance.

#39 – Szabolcs Hant Teaches us the Symbiosis of a Dentist and Technician

Dentistry is a beautiful intersection between healthcare, engineering and art. And the art of dentistry is on show more than ever with social media and the focus on visual content.

However much like the popstar has a genius songwriter supporting them, the aesthetic dentist has a master ceramist creating the impeccable outcomes we see all over social media.

Szabi Hant is a master dental technician who works with and supports some of the biggest names in dentistry. His work is some of the best and it is often the seemless natural outcomes he produces that leaves us in disbelief.

So naturally, it was our pleasure to invite him onto the podcast and find out about his journey, his work and his advice on photography, shade selection and preparation.

And if you want to get Szabi’s Photography Cheat Sheet, go to www.cpdjunkie.com.au/photography and get the free pdf.

#38 – Filling the Gap with Kate Miranda

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#35 – Dental students to Graduates with Dr Rohan Krishnan

You’ve heard me say it before:

Helping Dental Students Become Great Dentists

This is our motto and our mission. So, it makes perfect sense to have Dr Rohan Krishnan on the podcast to share his views, experience and vision with the Dental Head Start community.

Dr Krishnan has spent many years contributing to ADA NSW, initially on and then as chair of the Recent Graduate Committee and more recently as a Board Director. He is also on the board of Filling The Gap and runs his own private practice.

Impressive, yet my interest was peaked when he shared his new project…

#33 – Clear Aligners with John Hagiliassis and George Abdelamak

Cosmetic dentistry has been revolutionised a few times over the last 30 years. First, bonding of porcelain gave the ability to recreate natural smiles with fixed prosthetic solutions. Then came more effective, natural composites that facilitated reduced preparation and beautiful results when the situation did not indicate porcelain. Recently, clear aligners have changed the game. Moving teeth to the best position before picking up the hand piece, or better yet, instead of any preparation. It’s the ultimate conservative step forward.

This episode we have the pleasure of chatting with two of Australia’s leading general dentists in the clear aligner space. Dr John Hagiliassis and Dr George Abdelmalek are the Founders of ACAS, the Australiasia Clear Aligner Society and have thousands of cases under their belt between them.

John is the founder of AORTA (Aesthetic, Orthodontic and Restorative Training Academy), an academy that helps dentists take the first few steps in providing aligner solutions for their patients.