A periodontist is a dental specialist with expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, gum surgery and in the placement of dental implants.
Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of full time university education beyond dental school. They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. Our periodontists are all registered specialists with the Dental Board of Australia (AHPRA).
We understand that the field of dentistry can be an intimidating one, and as such our specialists will always guide patients through the process of the treatments. There’s no need to be nervous with our team of professionals taking care of you.
Peter Clark Ryan graduated B.D.Sc. (Queensland) in 1976 and then worked in the Royal Australian Air Force in Malaysia until 1979 before spending 1980 in private general practice in London. After completing his specialist qualification in Queensland in 1982, he worked as a halftime Lecturer in the Department of Social & Preventive Dentistry until 1986, before commencing full-time private Specialist Practice as a Periodontist in Brisbane and Ipswich. From 1996, Peter has been a Senior Visiting Periodontist at The Dental School and an Examiner of Periodontal Post-Graduate Students. A Fellowship in the special stream of Periodontics, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons was achieved by examination in 2000. In 2002, he was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland.
Peter has been actively involved with implant dentistry since 1991 and became a Fellow of the ITI (International Team for Oral Implantology) in 2000 and a Specialist Clinical Associate, The University of Sydney. He has been President of ADA (Qld) and President of the Australian Society of Periodontology amongst many other appointments.
Rachel Garraway graduated from the University of Qld with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) in 1992. She worked in private practice in Toowoomba before returning to university to undertake specialty training in periodontics. She was awarded the Australian Periodontology Research Foundation prize for her publication on Periodontal Regeneration. In 1997 she travelled to London to accept a position in the Department of Periodontology at the Royal London Hospital.
Rachel has spent time lecturing and demonstrating in Periodontics at the University of Qld Dental School and lectures extensively on dental implants and potential complications.
She is a Speaker and Fellow of the ITI (International Team for Oral Implantology), currently the President for ANZAP (Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists) and a Member of the Board of Studies (Periodontics) for RACDS.
Richard Grant-Thomson graduated as a dentist from the University of Queensland in 1991, and worked as a RAAF Dental Officer for ten years. He obtained Fellowship in the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 1998. He was awarded the Australian Periodontology Research Foundation prize for his publication on Periodontal treatment in 2001. He completed his specialist qualification in Periodontics from the University of Queensland in 2002. Richard worked as a visiting specialist for the Department of Defence and as a visiting lecturer for the University of Queensland Dental School Postgraduate Periodontics program. He is also an external examiner for the Griffith University Postgraduate Periodontics program. His professional interests include periodontal regenerative surgery and dental implants. He is an ITI Fellow (International Team for Oral Implantology), speaker for AstraTech and Straumann Dental Implants and a registered specialist in periodontics.
Peter LC Chen graduated in 2007 from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours). He worked as a general dentist for 5 years before commencing his post graduate training in periodontics at Griffith University. His research was on the osseointegration of dental implants in osteoporotic bone. Peter was a clinical supervisor at the University of Melbourne and Griffith University, and he was involved in the final examinations for dental students at the University of Queensland. He is the current president of the Australian Society of Periodontology (Queensland branch), a member of the International Team for Implantology, and the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontology. Peter speaks fluent Mandarin.
Jennifer Kraatz graduated as a dentist from Griffith University, Queensland, in 2009. Prior to commencing her periodontal specialist training she worked in both the private and public sectors in Queensland and Tasmania before settling on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Jennifer has spent time as a clinical supervisor and lecturer at Griffith University and Oral Health Services Tasmania teaching undergraduate students in the subjects of general dentistry, periodontology and dental implants. She worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Tasmania, has presented at the International Association for Dental Research and trained general medical practitioners about basic dental procedures with General Practice Training Tasmania.
She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontics, the Australian Society of Periodontology and the Australian Dental Association for which she has been a state councillor and treasurer.