With more than 35 years’ experience in dental practice, Dr. Shields maintains a real enthusiasm for the profession and the practice of clinical orthodontics. While his secondary schooling and undergraduate dental training were completed at the University of Queensland, Dr. Shields travelled to England to complete his orthodontic Masters qualifications at the prestigious University of London.
His commitment to his profession is ongoing with regular attendance at local, national and international orthodontic meetings and conferences enabling him to remain at the forefront of modern orthodontic philosophies and techniques. As one of the first orthodontists in Australia to achieve certification of the Australasian Orthodontic Board, Dr. Shields has further displayed his commitment to ongoing professional development.
He maintains active memberships in the Australian Dental Association, Australian Prosthodontics Association, Australian Orthodontic Society, British Orthodontic Society and the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Shields is also a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists, the Academy of Dentistry and the International College of Dentists. He is a past Chairman of the Australasian Orthodontic Board, a past President of the Queensland branch of the Australian Society of Orthodontists and was voted by his peers to be the federal President of the Australian Society of Orthodontists from 2006 to 2008.
Dr. Shields’ fun-loving approach helps provide his patients with an enriching orthodontic experience, while his excellent communication skills give both his patients and their parents a clear understanding of the processes and goals of their orthodontic treatment. His wife and three daughters occupy the majority of his spare time, however he maintains a keen interest in sailing, golf, snow skiing and rugby.