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Dr Steve Atkin


Steve joined the ethos team in 2002, having graduated as an orthodontist in 1996. His passion lies in helping patients with special needs, particularly those with cleft lip and palate problems.

When Steve isn’t at ethos, he keeps himself extremely busy on his motorcycle, boat and he loves gardening.

How long have you worked with ethos orthodontics?

I recently completed twelve years at ethos. The time has flown very quickly. I didn’t realise that 12 years had passed until it was announced as one of the “anniversaries” at the recent staff meeting.

What inspired you to become an Orthodontist?

I had worked in the School Dental Program for ten years and had done some limited orthodontic treatment during that time. I had always been interested and captivated by the orthodontic consultations performed by the visiting orthodontist in the School Dental Program. Undertaking formal postgraduate training in orthodontics seemed to be a logical progression for me.

Favourite thing about working with the ethos team?

I have the best team working with me, especially the excellent ladies who work at Redcliffe. They always make the patients and parents feel welcome and comfortable, but also make my working day a pleasure. It is great to have a team that is focussed on continuous quality improvement and professionalism.

Most inspiring ethos moment?

It is always wonderful to see the reaction of patients after their braces are removed. Some of our patients have special needs or, for a variety of reasons, find orthodontic treatment challenging. It is very special when we complete treatment and give a new smile to these young people.

What can a smile say?

We should all smile as much as we can.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have always had a love of the beach and the water. I love being on the water, in the water, and sometimes under the water, so boating is something I do whenever I can. During the winter months, I spend a bit more time on my motorcycle. I also spend a lot of time mowing and gardening, both my lawn and my mother’s lawn. Her lawn is still better than mine – I still haven’t worked out why!

Your favourite band?

I love Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, plus a lot of Aussie bands. I like to say that I like ‘good’ music. My tastes range from golden oldie musicals to orchestral metal bands. I don’t know much about music, but I know what I like.

Ultimate holiday snapshot?

Couple smiling in front of mountain top view

Dr Steve Atkin works at our Redcliffe and Toowong branch.


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