Richie completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Adelaide. He received numerous awards, including the Dean’s Award, in recognition of his academic and clinical results throughout his undergraduate studies. In the final year of his undergraduate program, Richie sat the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons’ Primary Examinations. He was awarded commendations from the examiners for his results.
Following graduation from his general degree, Richie returned home to Tasmania and worked for several years as a general dentist. During this time, he practised the full scope of general dentistry.
Richie completed his Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Periodontics) training in Victoria, at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. As part of his training, Richie discovered an association between periodontal disease and the vitamin D binding protein. This research formed the basis of his thesis, for which he was awarded first class honours.
Richie has held a teaching position at the University of Melbourne in the Doctor of Dental Surgery program and has examined in the dental surgery programs of several universities. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Periodontists, the Australian Society of Periodontology, the Australasian Osseointegration Society. Richie regularly presents, in the fields of periodontology and implantology, both locally and interstate.
In his spare time, Richie enjoys running, horse riding, travel and sharing a glass of wine with family and friends.