Meet the Council

Ronan Perry, President OSI

Ronan Perry graduated with honours from the Dental School at TCD in 1998 and worked as a general dentist in Dublin before moving the UK, to work as in one of the UK’s leading teaching hospitals.

In 2000, he was awarded the Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry from the RCSI and then completed a three year, full time Masters in the Speciality of Orthodontics in TCD in 2005. In addition he was awarded a Masters in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2005.

Ronan has a specialist interest in lingual orthodontics and is one of Ireland’s leading practitioners of lingual orthodontics with over 200 lingual orthodontic cases.

He is a registered specialist and an active member of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland, of which he has served as membership secretary and editor of the society newsletter and Scientific Secretary. Ronan is the current President of the OSI. He is also honorary Treasurer of the Irish Dental Association (IDA)

Ronan has published several papers in clinical research and orthodontics, and has presented his research at international meetings, such as the European Orthodontic Congress. He also obtained an MSc in Lingual Orthodontics at the University of Hannover Medical school in Germany, in addition to his existing specialist qualifications.

Ronan completed an Ironman competition in Klagenfurt, Austria in 2015 which comprised a 3800 metre swim, followed by 180km bike and 42 km run.

B.Dent. Sc, MFDS RCSI, M.Dent.Ch TCD, M’Orth RCS (Edin), MSc Lingual Orthodontics MHH

Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray  is a past president of the OSI. He has worked in most areas of dentistry before becoming an Orthodontic Specialist in 2000. He has worked in the NHS in the UK and HSE in Ireland and now is principal at Swords Orthodontics specialist practice. Outside of orthodontics, Stephen is interested in learning about the world and he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Senator with the Junior Chamber International Organisation. He is also a fairly experience scuba diver, a shockingly bad guitarist and an enthusiastic cook.

Paul Murphy, Scientific Secretary

Paul Murphy completed his dental degree in Cork and graduated with honours in 2005. He received first place in his class for clinical orthodontics in his final BDS exam. Following graduation, Dr Murphy worked in general practice in the UK followed by an SHO surgical post in Cork. He completed his MFD exam in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. He then embarked on his postgraduate orthodontic training in Cork. He completed his doctorate with honours, and attained the M.Orth from Edinburgh. Paul works in private practice in Dublin and Greystones, Co. Wicklow. He lives in Greystones with his wife and two daughters.


Claire Higgins, Treasurer

Claire Higgins graduated with honours from Dublin Dental School, Trinity College in 1998 and went on to work in general dental practice in England whilst studying on the General Professional Training Programme, University of Cambridge in 2000 and also completing her MFDS from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 2001. Claire then commenced posts as Senior House Officer and then Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin. Claire went on to work as a General Dental Practitioner in the HSE before embarking on a 3 year full-time Specialist Training Programme in the University of Wales, Cardiff where she gained a Masters in Orthodontics with distinction. Claire also gained her MOrth in the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh at this time. Claire is a Specialist Orthodontist and as such is registered as both a General Dental Practitioner and Specialist Orthodontist on the Registers of the Dental Council of Ireland. Claire has several publications in leading orthodontic journals and has given presentations on her research at international orthodontic congresses.

Claire lives in Dublin with her husband, James, and their four young children. Claire enjoys running and escaping to the gym in what little spare time she has.

BA  BDentSc(Hons) MFDS RCSI MScD(Dist) MOrth RCSEd

Darius Sagheri, Hon.Secretary

Darius Sagheri is the Honorary Secretary of the OSI. Darius completed his dental degree at Wilhelms University of Westphalia (Muenster, Germany) in 1998 and went on to work in general dental practice in Germany. Darius then commenced a post as General Dental Surgeon in the HSE whilst undertaking a Masters in Dental Science at the School of Dental Science, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). Darius returned to Germany and completed the Specialist Orthodontist Training Programme at Cologne University Hospital (University of Cologne, Germany) and was then appointed Lecturer in Orthodontics at Cologne University Hospital and worked in private orthodontic practice. Darius then went on to completed a PhD at the School of Dental Science (TCD).

Darius Sagheri is Director of Orthodontic Therapy at the School of Dental Science (TCD) and works in private orthodontic practice. Darius published various papers in international, peer-reviewed journals and lectures regularly at international orthodontic and dental conferences.

Christine Smith, Private Sector Representative

Christine works in private practice at Navan, Co. Meath and Dundrum, Dublin 16. She completed her dental studies at Cardiff University and graduated with Honours in 2007. Following this, she worked in general practice and hospitals in Wales, Dublin and Australia. During this time, she was awarded a Membership in Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and decided to specialise in the field of Orthodontics.

Christine completed a 3 year full time training course in Orthodontics based in London at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and Kingston Hospital in Surrey.  In 2015, she qualified as a specialist orthodontist, gaining a Masters in Orthodontics from Kings College London and a Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She stayed in London to work in NHS specialist practice before returning to her home county of Meath.

Christine has presented at a national and international level and is a member of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland, the British Orthodontic Association and the American Association of Orthodontics.

In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit by cycling and playing tennis.  She also enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures.


Sharon O’Flynn, Public Sector Representative

Sharon graduated from the Dublin Dental School and Hospital, TCD in 2002. In 2004 Sharon completed her membership exams from the RCSI in Dublin. In 2003 to 2005 she worked as a Senior House Officer (SHO) in the Dublin Dental Hospital and Cork University Dental Hospital in all areas of dentistry. In 2008 Sharon completed her Masters in Orthodontics in Cardiff and her postgraduate Orthodontic training in the RCS in Edinburgh. She is a member of the OSI, the World Federation of Orthodontics and the IDA Irish Dental Association. She works full time in the HSE in St James's Hospital, Dublin 8.

BA BDS TCD, MFDS ( RCSI), Morth RCS Edinburgh