About Us

PerioCourses was established by Phil Ower and Graham Smart when they left the Royal Air Force in 1996. Graham and Phil had lectured together on many occasions while in the RAF, mainly to GDPs and hygienists (they both, at different times, ran the RAF School of Dental Hygiene) and they wanted to continue teaching alongside their specialist practice activities. Following Graham's death in 2009, Phil continues to teach for half his working week all over the UK. Both Graham and Phil were heavily influenced by the inspirational teaching and guidance of the late Bernie Kieser.

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Phil Ower

Phil Ower

Phil qualified from King's London in 1978. He joined the RAF after qualifying and was a general dental practitioner until taking an MSc in Periodontology in 1992, after which he was RAF Adviser in Periodontology and ran the RAF School of Dental Hygiene. After leaving the RAF in 1996 he lectured at the Eastman Dental Institute and worked in several specialist practices. For 10 years he worked alongside the renowned Bernie Kieser at the Periodontal Practice in London and now practices exclusively at the Briars Dental Centre in Newbury. He has been an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MGDS) and has served three terms on the Council of the British Society of Periodontology (BSP), including BSP President in 2016. In 2014 he was elected to the BSP Faculty. Phil has had papers published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Quintessence International, Dental Update, Dental Practice and Independent Dentistry and has served on the editorial boards of Primary Dental Care, Dental Health and the Primary Dental Journal. He is a Module editor on the eDen project for e-Learning for Healthcare and is co-editor and co-author of Practical Periodontics, a new undergraduate textbook for the publisher Elsevier. He lectures throughout the UK and internationally, and spoke at Europerio 7 in Vienna in 2012. He is also responsible for the perio component of the FGDP(UK) Diploma in Restorative Dentistry in both London and Manchester. In 2015 he was awarded the Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate. He has 2 grown up children, both of whom work in the arts and live in London, and his wife Ghilaine was conference manager for the BSP. They live in the family home in Hampshire where they enjoy country walks, entertaining and theatre-going. They have strong family connections with the French Pyrenees where they escape as often as possible to enjoy the food, wine, weather and skiing in the winter. Phil is a keen photographer and music lover, and was once selected to appear on the BBC in a music knowledge quiz show, discovering that his musical knowledge was not as comprehensive as he thought it was!

Ian Dunn

Ian Dunn

Ian qualified from Leeds in 1998 and went into general practice in the North West. In 2001 he was awarded Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners. In 2002 he joined the teaching staff at Liverpool Dental Hospital in the Periodontology Department where he is currently the Undergraduate Teaching Lead in Periodontics and holds an Honorary Speciality Doctor position. In 2010 he completed his MSc in Periodontology and in 2013 he was admitted to the GDC Specialist List in Periodontics.

Ian spends three days a week in private practice in the North West of England where he takes referrals for all aspects of Periodontology. He is the British Society of Periodontology regional representative for Merseyside and Cheshire, and is also the BSP Honorary Editor and Webmaster.

Sarovi Drone

Sarovi Drone

Sarovi qualified from United Medical and Dental Schools in 2002. In 2006, she worked in England's largest Maxillofacial and Dental Surgery unit. During this time, she was awarded membership to the Faculty of Dental Surgery and won the prestigious Junior Papers Award, her work being published in the British Dental Journal.

She completed her MSc in Restorative Dentistry programme at the Eastman Dental Institute in 2013, for which she gained a distinction. She has since been invited to lecture at the Eastman on the Restorative Diploma.

Currently, she splits her working week between dental practice, lecturing and looking after 2 young children! She enjoys the challenge of both complex periodontal and restorative cases whilst being minimally invasive.

In her spare time she travels, reads, indulges in adrenaline-junkie sports and is passionate about dance.

Marilou Ciantar

Marilou Ciantar

Marilou qualified as a dental surgeon from the University of Malta and thereafter undertook postgraduate training in Periodontology at the Eastman Dental Institute (EDI) in London. She subsequently read for a PhD degree, also at EDI. Her molecular microbiology study focused on specific bacteria and their relation to periodontitis in diabetes mellitus subjects. During this period she was part-time lecturer in Periodontology at the EDI. Marilou gained specialist periodontist status with the General Dental Council (GDC) in 2000. Thereafter she trained in oral surgery and occupied various positions in oral and maxillofacial units in the UK, becoming a Fellow in Oral surgery with Oral Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland) and gaining specialist oral surgery status (GDC) in 2007.

Marilou has been the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Shirley Glasstone Hughes Memorial prize awarded by the British Dental Association (BDA) and by Procter & Gamble and SmithKline Beecham all in support of her research. She has published papers in many peer-reviewed journals and has recently written a chapter on periodontitis and systemic disease for an undergraduate textbook in periodontology. Marilou has lectured at both undergraduate and post-graduate level including lectures for the BDA, British Society of Periodontology, Highland Dental Plan etc. She is co-director for the International Team of Implantology (ITI) study club in Perthshire and a Scientific Committee member for the ITI UK & Ireland Scientific Congress 2015. Marilou currently works as a specialist periodontist and oral surgeon at Blackhills Specialist Referral Practice in Aberuthven (just outside Perth, Scotland) and is Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow in Oral Surgery at the University of Aberdeen.

Ghilaine Ower

Ghilaine Ower

Having read law at King's College, London, Ghilaine qualified as a solicitor in 1982. After raising a family she returned to work with the Citizens Advice Bureau for a number of years. From 2003-2016 she was the Conference & Events Manager for the British Society of Periodontology, organising national conferences and masterclasses and also undertaking periodic work for the European Federation of Periodontology. She co-organized the Pan Dental Society Conferences in 2011 and 2016, involving 4 specialist dental societies. For PerioCourses, she manages an intensive lecture circuit and programme of courses around the country.