For over 55 years our practice has been providing the highest quality orthodontic care to over 40,000 patients throughout urban and rural South Australia.
In 1956 Drs Des McKinnon and Lawrie Smart established our practice, inspiring several of their patients, including Drs Damian Gallagher and Marie Reichstein, to become orthodontists. The practice has since expanded to include Drs Keith Grave, Damian Gallagher, Marie Reichstein, Richard Salmon and Linda Curl. While Drs McKinnon, Smart and Grave have now retired, the practice has continued to grow and now has nine separate locations around South Australia, servicing the city, south and mid north.
In 2014 the practice became known as Smart Orthodontics in honour of one of our founding partners, Dr Lawrie Smart. Dr Smart was an innovative and highly regarded member of the orthodontic community, playing a key role in the establishment of treatment for cleft palate patients in South Australia. He has been made a member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to orthodontics. His longstanding dedication, devotion and expertise built the foundations of what our practice is today.
Meet our experienced orthodontists
Dr Damian Gallagher BDS (Adel), MSc (Orth)(Lon), D Orth RCS(Eng)
Damian completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide in 1974 and, following three years of general practice, started his Masters of Science in Orthodontics at the University of London, graduating in 1979.
On returning to Adelaide he joined the practice of Drs Smart, McKinnon and Grave, becoming a partner in 1981. Since then he has provided very capable and caring orthodontic treatment to thousands of patients in rural, suburban and city locations.
For 26 years Damian did a weekly session at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide treating patients with compromised health, cleft lip and palates, and craniofacial abnormalities.
He has many years of experience treating a vast array of orthodontic patients. He has a very down to earth and practical approach to correcting orthodontic problems and strives to achieve an excellent outcome for all his patients.
Damian has been an active member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, previously having been President and Committee Member of the SA branch.
He is a very family oriented man, and he and his wife Margie have five adult children and ten grandchildren.
Dr Marie Reichstein BDS, BSc Dent (Hons) (Adel), MSc (Orth) (Lond)
Marie has over 20 years of experience providing high quality orthodontic care to patients throughout both urban and rural South Australia. Graduating from the University of Adelaide in 1984 with both a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dentistry, Marie then went on to complete her Masters of Science in Orthodontics at the University of London, graduating in 1988. While at the University of London Marie was awarded the prestigious Philip Walther Prize for the highest grades in her examinations. When Marie returned to Adelaide she joined the practice of Drs Smart, McKinnon, Grave and Gallagher, where she was a former patient. Marie became a partner of the ever expanding practice in 1990 and the Managing Partner in 2014.
Marie has a strong focus on staying at the forefront of modern Orthodontics. She is an active member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists and has previously been the President of the South Australian Branch, as well as a Committee Member and Treasurer. Marie frequently attends national and international conferences, and in 2014 was the Convener of the highly successful 24th Australian Orthodontics Congress held in Adelaide. Marie is also a member of the Australian Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the European Society of Orthodontists and the World Federation of Orthodontists. She is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. Marie is enthusiastic about orthodontic education and was a Clinical Tutor and Senior Clinical Tutor at The University of Adelaide for several years. She has also given numerous lectures and presentations.
Marie’s vast experience, friendly nature and down to earth approach to orthodontics ensures that each of her patients have the best experience and treatment outcome at Smart Orthodontics.
Dr Richard Salmon BDS(Otago, NZ) DClinDent (Orthodontics) (Adel)
Richard joined Smart Orthodontics in 2001 after completing his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago, New Zealand and Doctor of Clinical Dentistry from the University of Adelaide. Since then he has been an active member of the orthodontic community, serving as a council member for several years and then as President of the South Australian Branch of the Australian Society of Orthodontists in 2007-2008.
Since 2003 Richard has served as a Consultant Orthodontist to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Australian Craniofacial Unit where he regularly works with patients with complex medical conditions, craniofacial disorders and cleft lips and palates. He has presented at both Orthodontic and Craniofacial Conferences on this subject and is involved in the education and teaching of post-graduate students from the University of Adelaide
With his wide range of experience and active involvement in both the orthodontic and craniofacial community, Richard strives to provide his patients with the best possible care.
Dr Linda Curl BDS, BSc (Dent)(Hons), DClinDent (Orthodontics) (Adel), MOrth (RCSEd), MRACDS (Orth), MRSM (UK)
In 2011 Linda joined Smart Orthodontics and subsequently became a partner in the practice. Graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2004 with both a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and a First Class in her Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dentistry, Linda was also awarded the prestigious Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons Prize. Linda went on to do her Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics and is a member of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgery.
Linda is passionate about being at the cutting edge of modern orthodontic research, and being involved in dental education. With three papers published in the Australian Orthodontic Journal, Linda has also presented research at both the Australian Orthodontic Congress and the World Federation of Orthodontists. Linda is involved in both teaching and assessing dental students at the University of Adelaide.
Linda is a highly dedicated and active member of the Orthodontic community, whose experience and expertise ensures the highest quality treatment.
Dr Eugene Twigge BChD, PDD (Cape Town), DClinDent (Orthodontics)(Adel), MOrth (RCSEd)
Eugene completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and a Postgraduate Diploma in Dentistry in Cape Town, South Africa. He and his family moved to South Australia in 2010. Eugene worked for eight years as a general dentist before commencing his specialist qualifications, graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics. Eugene was awarded the prestigious Milton R Sims Award for the most meritorious Orthodontic student in Australia for 2014-2015.
Eugene has authored orthodontic research articles in major orthodontic journals, and has a keen interest in clinical orthodontics, growth and development and is dedicated to his own professional development. Eugene is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Eugene is an enthusiast orthodontist with a friendly, caring demeanor. Eugene’s vast experience working with children ensures patients will feel at ease whilst receiving the highest quality care.
He and his wife and three children enjoy family life, their community and outdoor living.
Our Support Team
Carys Ingram B Comp Sc(major Acct) Dip Practice Mgmt
Carys is a highly skilled manager, who has over 30 years experience in the business world, spending her initial 10 years with one of the largest international chartered accounting firms. Carys has worked in the health sector for the last 16 years, with a particular interest in the delivery of care to a broad section of the community in rural as well as urban locations.
Carys has a strong focus on ensuring all of the business processes are in place to support the orthodontists and the practice to deliver the quality care it strives to achieve.
Lenka Vlahioitis Cert III in Dental Assisting, Cert III in Administration
Lenka is a highly skilled and knowledgeable dental assistant, who enjoys working with and managing the nursing team.
The Smart Orthodontics Team
The delivery of great orthodontic treatment cannot be achieved without a great team. Here at Smart Orthodontics, we have 12 highly talented and qualified nurses, 3 professionally qualified hygienists and 7 administration staff. Our staff work across the nine locations serviced by the Orthodontists.
At Smart Orthodontics, we also have two qualified dental laboratory technicians on staff. This means that your appliances are made in-house allowing direct communication and interaction between the Orthodontists and the laboratory technician, ensuring a high-quality outcome for your tailor made appliance.