Dan grew up in Sydney and went to St. Andrews Cathedral School, but still can't sing a note. Having obtained his Bachelor of Dentistry Degree from the University of Sydney, he moved to Canberra and worked there for three years. Then, to see more of the country, he worked as a locum in various parts of Australia before taking over a dental practice in North Rocks. After five years of general practice, Dan's interest in orthodontics led him back to the University of Sydney for postgraduate training in orthodontics and a Masters Degree. Soon afterwards he joined North Shore Orthodontics and established Hills Orthodontics.
Dan has always been very involved with the dental community and orthodontic education. He was a Visiting Dental Officer at the Sydney Dental Hospital Orthodontic Department for a number of years and has taught orthodontics at the University of Sydney, in the postgraduate specialist program, for over 25 years. One of the areas that he has a special interest in and teaches is 'Early Orthodontic Treatment'. This encompasses the provision of orthodontic treatment for children before all their permanent teeth erupt. Dan helped pioneer the use Functional Orthopaedic Appliances in Sydney and helped popularise this technique which is now regularly used by the profession.
He helped establish, and led for over a decade, the Orthodontic Trust to raise funds for the University of Sydney Orthodontic Department. He also actively participates in many of its educational and fundraising programs. In addition to teaching at the University of Sydney, Dan has given numerous lectures at dental and orthodontic meetings and plays an active role in several local, national and international professional bodies to raise both orthodontic and interdisciplinary skills. This includes terms as President of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (NSW branch), Northern Suburbs Dental Group and the Hills Dental Study Group. He was for many years a member of the World Federation of Orthodontists Congress Committee. He established the Brighter Futures newsletter, of which he is still an editor. This newsletter is sent quarterly to all ADA members in Australia to help inform dentists about contemporary orthodontic diagnosis and treatment.
Dan is a committee member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists Foundation for Research and Education supporting research into and teaching of orthodontics throughout Australia. He is the NSW Liaison Officer for the Give a Smile program helping to coordinate and provide orthodontic treatment for disadvantaged families in NSW. Dan is a member of the Australian Dental Association, World Dental Federation, International College of Dentists, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, Australian Society of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists, European Orthodontic Society, World Federation of Orthodontists, Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry, Northern Suburbs Dental Group, Hills Dental Study Group, and a Certified member of the Australasian Orthodontic Board for which he also is an assessor.
Dan is a keen skier and enjoys tennis, bushwalking and photography. Dan and Margaret have three children and have found their involvement with their children's sporting teams and other groups the most enjoyable activity of all.