Meet our orthodontists
An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. All orthodontists must first train as dentists, then complete an additional two or three years of post-graduate work in orthodontics (tooth movement) and dentofacial orthopaedics (facial growth and modification). Each of your Smile Team orthodontists has at least eight years of formal university training, and many of them have additional training as well.
Dr Joe Geenty
Dr Joe Geenty received his dental training at Otago University in New Zealand, graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 1975. He spent two years as Dental Registrar at a provincial hospital before returning to Otago to begin post-graduate training in orthodontics. Dr Geenty started practice in Wollongong in 1981. In 1985 he was appointed part-time Clinical Associate in Orthodontics at Westmead Hospital and in 1993, a Senior Clinical Associate at the University of Sydney. In 2008 he was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Dr Geenty spends two days a month teaching post-graduate students at Sydney University. He has had several original articles published in scientific journals and he lectures to orthodontists and dentists in Australia and overseas. He was President of the NSW Branch of the Australian Society of Orthodontists in 1999 and 2000.
Dr Geenty is a keen runner and competes in both 10km and half marathon events. He lives in Wollongong with his wife. Their three children are living and working in the Illawarra.
Dr Henry Ho
Henry completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He worked in a private general practice in Auckland before serving in the New Zealand Defence Force as a Dental Officer for three years. He then migrated to Australia to begin his post-graduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Adelaide, where he received Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics). Henry is a member of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Orthodontics). Henry has lectured at various professional meetings and international conferences. He was also an invited speaker at the recent conference of World Federation of Orthodontists.
Henry enjoys soccer, basketball and snowboarding. He is also a certified coach in ten-pin bowling and participates in competitions.
Dr Guy Farland
Guy was awarded his Bachelor of Dental Surgery with distinction at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He then worked in the public hospital system as a Dental House Surgeon for a year before working in private general dentistry for three years in Dunedin, New Zealand. After graduating, Guy sat the Royal Australasian College of Dentistry primary exams and was awarded the Christensen Medal. He undertook his specialist training at the University of Otago New Zealand and received his Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics. Guy is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Orthodontics) and the Australasian Orthodontic Board.
Prior to his career in dentistry Guy spent eight years working as a veterinary surgeon in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Whilst in the UK he served as a Veterinary Officer in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps Reserves.
Guy is a keen rugby and touch rugby player and also enjoys surfing, snowboarding and golf. He and his young family are very happy to be living in Wollongong and getting involved in the community.
Dr Sabrina Michael
Sabrina grew up in Wollongong where she attended St Mary’s College. In 2003 she moved to South Australia to study dentistry and graduated in 2007 from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Concurrently, she undertook additional post-graduate training for which she graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (First-class Honours). As a dentist, Sabrina enjoyed working and travelling throughout Central Queensland working in many regional and remote locations. During this period she was also an honorary lecturer at the University of Queensland, where she supervised final year dental students on regional placement. While in Rockhampton, she worked part-time for an orthodontist. In 2010, Sabrina began her post-graduate training in orthodontics at the University of Sydney, where she received her Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics).
Professor Darendeliler received his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Istanbul, Turkey. He obtained his first orthodontics training at the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 1988 and completed his PhD at the University of Gazi, Ankara in 1993, the same year he received the title of Orthodontic Specialist. In 1995 he was awarded a University Docent (Reader) title by the “High Education Council”, Ankara, Turkey. In 1998 he gave the University Docent (Reader) lecture at the University of Geneva. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990-1991. After being appointed Research and Post-graduate Director at the University of Geneva in 1993 he spent six months at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles as a Research Professor in 1995. He has been Professor of Orthodontics since 1997. He has lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Dr Anél Blignaut
Anél grew up in South Africa and completed her Bachelors in Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001. Following graduation, she relocated to The Netherlands where she worked in a busy private practice for two years. In 2005 she took a sabbatical year and travelled around the world. During her brief visit to Sydney she fell in love with the city. She returned to Cape Town in 2006 and joined a private practice group whilst concurrently doing a two-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry. At the end of 2007 Anél relocated to Cairns, Australia under a sponsorship from Queensland Health. She worked alongside an orthodontist in the School Dental Clinics and rediscovered her passion for orthodontics and improving smiles. In 2008 she completed the Australian Dental Council examinations and gained full Dental Board registration. In 2010 she completed the primary examination to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Anél was accepted into the orthodontic programme at the University of Sydney in 2012 where she received her Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics. She has also been awarded Membership to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and is currently a member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists and the Australian Orthodontic Board. Anél loves the outdoors and enjoys running, hiking, mountaineering, scuba diving, playing with her two dogs and looks forward to getting involved with the Illawarra community.
Dr Peter Hoang
Peter was born and raised in Sydney where he attended Fort Street High School. After completing high school Peter travelled to Adelaide to complete his degree in dentistry. Peter returned to Sydney to work in private practice and to tutor oral surgery students at the University of Sydney. After completing the Long Orthodontic Course at the University of Sydney under Dr Geenty’s tutelage Peter decided to study orthodontics.
During this time Peter became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons and completed a Masters in Philosophy and a research degree on orthodontic miniscrews. Peter then went on to complete his Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics at the University of Sydney.
Dr Doreen Ng
Doreen was awarded her Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Distinction from the University of Otago in New Zealand. She worked in a provincial hospital as a dental house surgeon for a year then as a general dentist in private practice before relocating to Australia to complete her Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics at the University of Sydney.
Doreen is a member of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons and Australasian Orthodontic Board.
Doreen has been a speaker at several local and international conferences. She was awarded the Charley Schultz Resident Scholar Award for her clinical research from the American Association of Orthodontists. She has also received the Sam Bulkley Travelling Fellowship to conduct further research overseas.
In her spare time Doreen enjoys travelling, cooking and teaching pilates.
Dr Emmanuel Chan
Emmanuel was born and raised in Sydney. He attended Normanhurst Boys’ High School before moving to South Australia to study dentistry at the University of Adelaide where he graduated concurrently with both Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (First Class Honours). Emmanuel returned to Sydney upon graduation and worked as a general dentist in private practice. Pursuing his interest in orthodontics, he underwent specialist training at the University of Sydney and received his Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics. In his final year of study, he was awarded the Australian Begg Society of Orthodontists Award for Best Postgraduate Clinical Case. He has been awarded Membership to the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing piano and learning guitar. He also likes keeping active with tennis and basketball.