Dr Tom Shumack

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QUALIFICATIONS

  • BSci (Syd. Uni), BDent (Hons) (Syd. Uni)

BACKGROUND

Tom was born and raised in Newcastle on the mid north coast of New South Wales. He lived in Sydney for many years where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Dentistry with Honours from the University of Sydney. Keen to leave the rat race that is city life, Tom spent time living and working in Alice Springs, following which he and his wife returned to Wagga (where she grew up). Together they have two young boys, Albert and Wilbur. 
 
Pursuant of higher education, Tom completed further education in his primary examinations for the fellowship with the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons.  Tom is passionate about how evolving technology can assist his patients and has been published in the Australian Dental Journal.
 
Tom considers patient education, preventative and minimal intervention dentistry, the most important aspects of treatment planning. He believes dentistry to be the perfect balance between medicine, design and teaching. Patients often comment that they feel comfortable under his care, because of his calm and confident style of communication, explaining risk factors and treatment options, using easy-to-understand concepts and analogies. He is passionate about evidenced based practice and a career of continued learning. 
 
Outside of dentistry, Tom enjoys coffee. Good coffee. He enjoys all things music and is attempting to teach his 2 year old, Albert the harmonica. Somewhat unsuccessfully so far, however as always 10 out of 10 for effort.  Other interests include cycling, skiing, golf, and camping.

PUBLICATIONS

Naoum, S. , Mutzelburg, P. , Shumack, T. , Thode, D. , Martin, F. and Ellakwa, A. (2015), Reducing composite restoration polymerization shrinkage stress through resin modified glass‐ionomer based adhesives. Aust Dent J, 60: 490-496. doi:10.1111/adj.12265

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