Dr Donny Mandrawa
BDSc (Melbourne) FICOI FPFA FIADFE PGDip Orthodontics Dentofacial Orthopedics (UK)
North Melbourne and North Balwyn
In 1998, Dr. Donny graduated from the University of Melbourne as a general dentist. His first exposure to Orofacial Myofunctional Orthodontics was in 2001.
He pursued further education in the fields of Dentofacial Orthopedics and Orthodontics by completing the mini residency programs of Dr. Skip Truitt in 2002 and Dr. Derek Mahony in 2005. Additionally, he gained extensive knowledge and understanding of the whole body connection, by undergoing studies in Chirodontics, in 2003, from Dr. Robert Walker.
In 2008, he completed the mini residency program by Dr. Steven Olmos, in Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunctions and motor reflexes. He then obtained his Invisalign Accreditation in 2010.
An opportunity came up in 2002 for him to travel to the north of India, as a dental volunteer. He was one of a group of only 2 dentists and 2 dental assistants, treating hundreds of Nepalese orphans for their acute dental needs, over a number of weeks. During his time there, he was based mainly in Dharamshala, and was fortunate enough to meet with the Dalai Lama.
In 2004, he co-founded his first dental practice in the west of Melbourne, followed by establishing his second in the east of the city, in 2012. He co-founded his third in 2017, located in the suburb of North Melbourne.
Dr. Donny’s interests in Early Intervention and Myofunctional Orthodontics developed intensely through the years. He learnt the art of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy from The Coulson Institute by Sandra Coulson (Speech Pathologist) on multiple occasions, along with further training from the Myofunctional Research Company. He also deepened his knowledge and skills of evaluating and managing tethered oral tissues, from the Tongue Tie Institute, by Dr. Marjan Jones and Dr. Dan Hanson.
With his passion of helping the future generations to become healthier, he began educating to various health professionals to spread the message broadly, with his first lecturing engagement being in 2014, to an audience of 150 dentists, for the University of Airlangga in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Since 2017, he has been co-educating with Dr. Dan Hanson, as Myofocus Education. They have taught Dentists, Orthodontists, Orofacial Myologists, Oral Health Therapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Speech Pathologists, Ear Nose Throat Specialists, Lactation Consultants, and other health providers, in-person around Australia, Japan, USA, and Malaysia, but to plenty more corners of the globe through their online educational platform. He also presented as part of a panel of multi-disciplinary health providers in the inaugural International Consortium of Ankylofrenula Practitioners Conference in Toronto, Canada, in 2018.
Together with Dr. Dan Hanson, Dr. Donny co-created the Myofocus Take Off Algorithm, which is the first ever system of delivering Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy using individualized algorithmic prescriptions. They currently have over 170 different prescriptions to train patients in correcting their orofacial dysfunctions.
Another medium that he uses to educate more people about wholistic functional oral health is through social media. His followers on his Facebook and Instagram pages are steadily building. He shares many case studies, research papers, and interesting health concepts through them.
Dr. Donny is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics. He has also received his Post Graduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from the London Dental Institute in the United Kingdom. As an airway centric dentist, he has now restricted his practice to Early Intervention Orofacial Myofunctional Dentistry, within the scopes of Dentofacial Orthopedics, Orthodontics, Dental Sleep Medicine, and Tethered Oral Tissues. His youngest patient so far was 2 days old, and his oldest was 74 years old.