My name is Johan Steyn. I took the practice over from Mr.Reece, who use to be a consultant orthodontic specialist at the local hospital.
He transformed a residential home into an Orthodontic Practice in 1974 and I took it over from him when he retired in 2001.
I qualified as a dentist at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1992 and worked in general dental practice in the United Kingdom from 1993 to 1998.
Awarded Postgraduate Certificate in The Principals of Orthodontics from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Dr.Pieter van Heerden, one of my university lecturers who owns specialist orthodontic practices in Harpenden and St.Albans, organised an orthodontic study group in 1995 -1996, which gave me the opportunity to learn more about orthodontics.
In 1998 I joined Dr.Tim Pollard at his Sutton Specialist Orthodontic Practice as an orthodontic assistant and this enabled me to spend all my time and effort doing only orthodontics, full time. I learned a lot from Tim about working respectfully with staff and patients. We used to work together with other orthodontists in an open plan space and it enabled me to learn a lot of skills from different people.
I have also worked as an orthodontic associate with Dr.H.Ferreira at his Specialist Orthodontic Practice in Chadwell Heath (now Romford) before moving to Cornwall.