Becoming an orthodontist and fixing crooked teeth was Dr Sam Whittle's
can't imagine not being an orthodontist and considers himself a perfectionist when it comes to teeth straightening.
He has been a registered specialist orthodontist for 20 years.
orthodontic training after practising as a dentist for eight years in the Royal Australian Navy
, in which he
enlisted straight out of undergraduate dental school.
In early 2013 he opened Corinna St Orthodontics in Woden, Canberra, where he is helping children, teenagers and adults achieve and maintain beautiful smiles and straight teeth.
While completing his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Adelaide University in South Australia, Dr Whittle was an Infantry Officer in the Army Reserve, but joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Dental Officer after graduating.
He was accepted into the Adelaide University Orthodontic Master's Degree in 1992 and later retired as Fleet Dental Surgeon after 13 years of service in the navy, moving into part-time private orthodontic practice in Adelaide in 1997.
Dr Whittle was appointed part-time tutor and demonstrator in the Dental Faculty at Adelaide University, involved in teaching undergraduate dental students and postgraduate orthodontic residents, before he and his family moved to Canberra in 2001.
He worked in a nearby associate practice before opening the ultra-modern Corinna St Orthodontics in February 2013.
Professional memberships and contributions
Dr Whittle is a member of many prestigious professional organisations, including:
is a passionate rugby union fan and played for many years at both club and representative level.
He has been an active referee since 2003 and is now a senior referee and mentor in the ACT and an Australian Services Referee.
is a Brumbies Foundation
member, a past President and Treasurer of the Canberra Grammar School Rugby Association
and a past Secretary of the Navy Rugby Union
He served as a Board Director at Canberra Grammar School from 2007 to 2014, during which time his three sons have enjoyed their education there.
One of his
sons still attends the school.
Dr Whittle was also the chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and a member of the Development Committee.
Sport has always been a passion of Dr Whittle's
coached junior cricket for many years.
"One of my dreams, once the kids are old enough, is to learn to fly and have more time for fishing, woodwork and to play with my model trains."
Before moving to his new orthodontic practice in Canberra, Dr Whittle was Vice President of the Parents and Friends Association at Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide.
wife and their children enjoy snow skiing and spending time together.