Meet our Federal Council

President – Dr Pat Hannan

Dr Hannan M.D.Sc. FRACDS completed his Bachelor of Dental Science through The University of Queensland and then worked as a
District Dental Officer in the School Dental Service. During this time he completed an FRACDS degree [Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons] and a Master of Dental Science (M.D.Sc. Orthodontics) at The University of Melbourne.

Dr. Hannan was involved in the Victorian Branch of the ASO holding all positions at different times. He was also invited to join the ASO Federal Constitution Committee, eventually becoming its Chairman. He acted as both an undergraduate and postgraduate orthodontic demonstrator at The University of Melbourne. Returning to Queensland, Dr Hannan again held all positions within the ASO Queensland Branch and the ADA local sub-branch. Dr. Hannan has lectured to various groups on orthodontics at local, state and national levels. Dr. Hannan has three children and is a keen sailor, having completed completed eight Brisbane to Gladstone off shore yacht races. He enjoys playing guitar and learning French.

Treasurer – Dr David Vautin   

Dr David Vautin grew up in the western suburbs of Brisbane.  He gained his Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Queensland in 1979, following which, he worked for Queensland Health in various capacities including Senior Dentist in Pediatric Dentistry (children’s dentistry) and finally Senior Dentist in Orthodontics.  He was one of only 2 Candidates accepted into the MDSc course in Orthodontics in 1985, graduating in 1987.

The opportunity to enter Orthodontic Practice with Dr. David Robertson in what was then the original practice on the Sunshine Coast was presented in 1989 which was eagerly accepted.  He proceeded to purchase the Practice from Dr. Robertson on his retirement in 1990 and continues to practice Orthodontics on the Sunshine Coast. In 2011, to keep in line with current trends, the practice was renamed Instyle Orthodontics with Dr. Vautin still at the helm.  Dr Vautin is an active member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the Queensland Branch of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists and the local Australian Dental Association.  

Secretary - Dr Marcus Tod 

Dr Marcus Tod BDSc(Hons) MDSc FRACDS completed his BDSc with first class honours at the University of Queensland. He then worked for six years in private general practice in Melbourne and Brisbane. During this time, he completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons by examination. After further study, Dr Tod gained his MDSc in Orthodontics from the University of Queensland and for over 21 years has worked in specialist practice in Brisbane.

Dr Tod has been active within the profession. He has been President of the UQ Dentistry Alumni Special Interest Group, President of the Australian Society of Orthodontists QLD branch, and Secretary of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (QLD). He has acted as External Examiner for the MDSc post-graduate students in Queensland and a reviewer for the Australian Journal of Orthodontics. Most recently he was the Chairman of Entertainment for the 2015 Australian Dental Association Congress in Brisbane. Dr Tod has three sons with his wife Christine and when not at work he can be found at his cattle farm, on his bike or in the wilderness.

Victoria Councillor – Dr Igor Lavrin      

Dr Lavrin completed his dental training at the University of Adelaide. After working in Melbourne as a general dentist for several years, he completed a three year orthodontic specialist programme and Master's at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, USA. Dr Lavrin is in private orthodontic practice with his wife, Dr Sarah Lawrence in Melbourne. He has been invited to lecture in Australia, Canada, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Fiji, New Zealand and the US.

Dr Lavrin is a teaching staff member at the Orthodontic Department at the University of Melbourne and is a past Federal Treasurer of the Australian Society of Orthodontists. He is the Business Manager for the Australian Orthodontic Journal as well as a reviewer. 

Vice President and Western Australia Councillor – Dr Howard Holmes

Dr Howard Holmes BDSc(Hons), MDSc, FADI, FICD, AOB Cert. completed his Bachelor of Dental Science (with Honours) and Masters Degree in Orthodontics at The University of Western Australia and has been in specialist orthodontic private practice since 2000. He has earned numerous academic and clinical awards, including the ASO Elsdon Storey Prize for Orthodontic Research Excellence.

Dr Holmes is based in Perth and has a branch practice in the Margaret River which he visits monthly. He also currently holds an appointment as a part-time Clinical Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics at the University of WA, School of Dentistry. Previously, Dr Holmes was the Chairman of the 23rd Australian Orthodontic Congress, held in Perth in 2012. He is currently the Federal Councillor for the WA Branch of the ASO and Chairman of the ASO Communications and Information Committee (CIC). 

Dr Holmes is a keen surfer, cyclist and guitarist and is married with one young daughter.

South Australia Councillor – Dr Andrew Toms Dr Andrew Toms

Dr Toms MSc, BDS, LDS.RCS (Eng), FDS.RCS (Eng), D.Orth.RCS (Eng), M.Orth.RCS (Eng), MRACDS (Ortho), AOB Cert. gained his dental qualifications from Kings College Hospital Dental School in London and his specialist degrees following a three year full-time postgraduate program at the Royal Dental Hospital also in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a Member of the Royal Australasian College as well as being a Specialist Examiner for both Colleges. He worked in the UK, USA and the Middle East before settling in Australia over 25 years ago.

Dr Toms is based In South Australia. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Orthodontic Unit at Adelaide Dental School and a visiting Senior Orthodontic Consultant to both the Adelaide Dental Hospital and the Cleft Lip and Palate Unit at the Flinders Medical Centre. He runs his own private practices in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Dr Toms has four children and enjoys cycling, trekking and travelling.


New South Wales Councillor  Dr Sam Whittle  

Dr Whittle BDS, MDS (Adelaide), FICD graduated in dentistry from The University of Adelaide and completed his orthodontic training there, after practising as a dentist for eight years in the Royal Australian Navy. He later retired as Fleet Dental Surgeon after 13 years of Navy service. He was involved in clinical teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate students at The University of Adelaide.

Dr Whittle practices in the ACT. He travels from Canberra to Sydney voluntarily each month to teach clinical orthodontics to the postgraduate orthodontic residents at The University of Sydney. Dr Whittle has three children and enjoys sport, particularly cricket, rugby union and snow-skiing. He is an active senior rugby referee in the ACT, coaching and mentoring school-age referees, and is Secretary of the ACT Rugby Referees Association.

Treasurer elect - Dr Peter Munt    

BSc (Hons), BDSc (Hons), MDSc, M Orth RCS (Edin), MRACDS, FADI, FICD

Dr Munt completed his Bachelor of Dental Science with First Class Honours in 1992 at the University of Western Australia. He then commenced two years of dental practice in the Government Dental Clinic in Bunbury, and the worked in private general dental practice in Perth for nine years. Dr Munt completed his specialist training in orthodontics at the University of Western Australia in 2006 and subsequently worked for 18 months in Ireland as a specialist orthodontist in the Health Service Executive. He then returned to Perth and currently works in his own private specialist practice in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Dr Munt is a part time Clinical Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics at the University of Western Australia, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, and the International College of Dentists. He is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, and holds a Membership in Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Dr Munt is married with three boys, and enjoys fishing, cycling and playing hockey.


Secretary Elect - Dr Crofton Daniels  

BDSc, MDSc, M Orth RCS (Edin), FRACDS

Dr Crofton Daniels completed his Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Western Australia in 1995. This was followed by 7 years in general dental practice at North Perth Dental Surgery. In 2000 Dr Daniels successfully completed examinations to become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He completed his Masters degree in Orthodontics at the University of Western Australia in 2006. On graduating he was awarded the prestigious Elsdon Storey Research Prize for Orthodontic Research Excellence. 

Dr Daniels works in fulltime private practice in Perth Western Australia. He also travels to his regional Practices in Esperance and Geraldton. He continues his association with the University of Western Australia with an appointment as a clinical tutor.

Dr Daniels is married with two boys and a daughter and enjoys fishing, boating, clay target shooting and rugby.