Stuart graduated from the University of
Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1976. He spent the next two years as
a dental officer in the navy. His free time was spent flying,
sailing and starting his own practice 100 miles north of Cape Town.
During this time he built a 45-foot sailing boat that he
launched in 1979. He then left the navy to give full time commitment
to his private practice. In 1981, having finished the boat and sold
his practice, he set sail with spouse and friends to South America.
‘Bella del Mare’ being equipped with a dental surgery, was
well used in many ports of call. The main route included St Helena,
Rio de Janeiro, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Holyhead. They had spent
two years afloat when his first daughter arrived, so ‘Bella’
came to Menai Bridge, his wife’s home town, where he once again
settled into general practice.
In March 1984, while preparing ‘Bella’ for the summer
season, a gas explosion destroyed the boat and nearly Stuart
himself. A year later he returned to work, albeit a little
compromised. Among other wounds he was left with a brachial plexus
injury. This meant he could not lift his right arm and had no
function of biceps, deltoid and spinatus muscles. An arm splint
allowed him to maintain his hand in a useful position; so life
The chiropractic profession, and a passion for new ideas in
complementary medicine, gave new hope to a condemned arm and other
injuries. Now, looking the picture of health, he practises as a
holistic dentist and lectures nationally and internationally on this
Stuart’s philosophy is that there are many cures to support
healing and a lot of fun in the sphere of complementary dentistry.
He says one should maintain an open mind, but not so open that
everything falls out. Wonderful health support can be offered from
the best combination of orthodox and complementary medicine.