2020 Speaker profiles

Sarah Lawrence

My current role is: 

  • orthodontist in private practice at Lavrin and Lawrence Orthodontics, Melbourne
  • clinical supervisor and tutor at University of Melbourne, Orthodontic Postgraduate program
  • clinical speaker for Invisalign, Asia Pacific region
  • mother of 3 young girls.

In a sentence or two, a typical work day for me involves: Either working with patients in a busy private practice, teaching at the University, lecturing for Invisalign or Mum stuff – doing drop off and pickups, grocery shopping, cooking, Mummy taxi for the girls!

At the 2020 Congress I will be presenting on: Complex Orthodontic treatment using the Invisalign appliance. I have chosen cases to present that are not my most perfect cases, but those which I have learnt a lot from. I hope to share my knowledge of over 16 years using clear aligners.

What I'm most looking forward to in Cairns is: Hopefully sampling some great seafood and catching up with friends and colleagues.

My greatest travel experience was: Recently we had a family holiday to Oman. The highlight was riding into the desert as a family on camels at sunset into our own personal “glamping tent”.  I had some pinch yourself moments.

One of the greatest influences on my career has been: My Father, Tony Lawrence. He is now retired from Orthodontics, but he is so smart and was trained when orthodontic mechanics were the bees knees.  If I have a tricky aligner case where I need advice on some auxiliary mechanics, I shoot him a photo and he designs me some clever system often with springs and levers etc.

If I could have lunch with one person alive or dead, it would be: Yotam Ottolenghi. I am a real foodie and I have all his cookbooks and I think he seems like a terrific, kind and humble human being. Hopefully he would cook ME lunch.

The one luxury item an orthodontist can’t live without is: This sounds really nerdy but my clear aligner dimple plier. Its not really a luxury item but I use it constantly in a day and it saves me from doing excessive refinements.

Alex Yusupov

My current role is: Principal Orthodontist at Alex Yusupov Specialist Orthodontists.

In a sentence or two, a typical work day for me involves: Three cups of coffee (two before 6am!), treatment planning in the morning, patients all day, prepare dinner for the family as often as I can.

At the 2020 Congress I will be presenting on: 3D technology and its impact on multi disciplinary treatments.

What I'm most looking forward to in Cairns is: Catching up with friends and colleagues, lectures, social events.

The most interesting place I have presented is: Curacao

One of the greatest influences on my career has been: The late Dr Vincent Kokich Sr, great teacher and clinician.

If I could have lunch with one person alive or dead, it would be: Not sure, the list is too long.

How many orthodontists does it take to change a light bulb? Is it LED, flouro or Tungsten?

Rhonda Coyne

My current role is: Orthodontist, business owner and manager at nq ortho. 

In a sentence or two, a typical work day for me involves: Up, coffee, ensure family is organised for the day; scenic 1 hour drive to work; work - patients with appointments and lots of digital remote patient care, treatment and planning; scenic drive home; set up for the next day; computer work - lecture and presentation planning; read for an hour before sleep; rinse and repeat.

At the 2020 Congress I will be presenting on: Future visions in digital orthodontics.

What I’m most looking forward to in Cairns is: Introducing Cairns to the attendees. I live here and it's an awesome part of the world!

My greatest travel experience was: No one thing. I enjoy everything about travel, at home or abroad; makes you love being an Australian and appreciate how lucky we are. 

One of the greatest influences on my career has been: My family, my Dad, Vic West and Michael Woods.

If I could have lunch with one person alive or dead, it would be: It’s an ancestor, Mary Ann Roberts, born in Australia in 1792. She is a “brick wall” in my family history research and I have a lot of questions for her. 

The one luxury item an orthodontist can’t live without is: Good coffee!