Meet our Federal Council

President – Dr Howard Holmes

Dr Howard Holmes BDSc(Hons), MDSc, MRACDS (Orth) FADI, FICD,completed his Bachelor of Dental Science 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 along the way, including the ASO Elsdon Storey Prize for Orthodontic Research Excellence.

Dr Holmes is based in suburban Perth and has a branch practice in Margaret River which he visits monthly. Previously, Dr Holmes was the Chairman of the 23rd Australian Orthodontic Congress, held in Perth in 2012 and until 2018, held a lengthy appointment as a postgraduate clinical demonstrator at the University of WA. He is currently the Federal Councillor for the WA Branch of the ASO and immediate past-chair of the ASO Communications and Information Committee (CIC). 

Dr Holmes is an occasional surfer, semi-regular cyclist, hobby apiarist and keen guitarist/guitar collector. He is married with one daughter.

Treasurer – 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 – 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.

Vice President – 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.

Secretary-Elect – Dr Maurice Meade  

BDS, MFDS RCS (Edin), MJDF RCS (Eng), MDPH, DClinDent (Ortho), MOrth RCS (Edin).

Dr Meade graduated in dentistry and completed his orthodontic training from University College Cork, Ireland. In between, he practiced general and hospital dentistry for many years in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Queensland. In 2013 he emigrated from his native Ireland with his Adelaide born wife and two young daughters to South Australia.

Currently, he works in private practice and is a visiting orthodontic consultant to the Adelaide Dental Hospital. He is also involved in teaching in the postgraduate orthodontic program at the University of Adelaide. His orthodontic research has been published in international dental journals and he has presented at the British & European Orthodontic conferences. Previously, he has been a member of the ASO SA state branch council and the ASOFRE committee.

Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, most sports (especially playing soccer, or football as he calls it), music (everything from indie to Pink Floyd) and the great South Australian outdoors.

Treasurer-Elect – Dr Simon Freezer  

Dr Simon Freezer MDS (Adelaide), FICD, FPFA graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1981 and subsequently completed his Master of Dental Surgery in Orthodontics in Adelaide in 1984. In 1988 he was awarded the ASOs most prestigious research award, the PR Begg Research Award. Since graduating Dr Freezer has primarily worked in his own specialist orthodontist practice in  Adelaide.  He is currently a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Orthodontic Unit at the Adelaide Dental School and an orthodontic research supervisor at the University of Adelaide.

Dr Freezer has been committed to further orthodontic research and has been published in orthodontic textbooks as well as national and international Scientific and Orthodontic Journals. He has lectured extensively both in Australia and overseas and continues research into 3d cranio-facial modelling as well as forensic 3d facial reconstruction. 

His involvement with the ASO includes nine years on Federal Council since 2000, four of those as ASO Federal Treasurer. He has been involved in organising a number of ASO and other Congresses including being the SIOCC Congress Treasurer and then undertaking the PR role for the successful 2010 Sydney WFO Congress. He has also been active in the ASO SA Branch and has served as branch President on a number of occasions. 

Dr Freezer is also a Past President and an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Begg Orthodontic Society. He is married with two children. His interests include classic cars, making guitars, being with his family and playing golf.

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. 

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.

Queensland Councillor – 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.