Specialist periodontology (DGZMK)
Approved Lecturer/ Specialist in Implant Dentistry
BDIZ/ EDA (European Dental Association)
Matthias was born in Wuppertal, Germany as the second child of Gertrud and Anton Stamm.
He loved doing all kind of sports, such as football, volleyball and table tennis. During his late teens and twenties, he became a keen and very successful ballroom dancer. Later, after meeting his wife, Susi, they started dancing together and won several tournaments on the highest level of amateur dancing. They went on to have two children, Chiara and Jorrit.
After finishing high school in 1987, Matthias began study to become a dental technician. Matthias finished this apprenticeship in 1990 as one of the best students of the year, and was now a fully licensed Dental Technician in Germany.
This first touch of prosthetic dentistry thrilled Matthias and lead his way to continue this educational pathway. From 1990 until 1995 he attended dental school at the University of Freiburg, completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS). While studying for his Doctorate, Matthias also worked on his Ph.D., defending his thesis in Rigorosum. In March of 1996 he was awarded his Ph.D.
The intense educational structure for Matthias’s approach to dentistry had started with the restorative and prosthetic aspects of dentistry. Being a highly motivated and self-driven person, he wanted to be able to cover all aspects of modern dentistry.
Matthias worked as a dentist at O.P.I. in Darmstadt, where his teacher and friend of his father, Prof. Christian Foitzik encouraged him to finish his studies as a fully trained oral surgeon, specialising in Dental Implantology and Periodontology. These three years of studies were the pinnacle of more than 11 years of training, starting in 1987 and ending in August, 1998.
In 1996, during his final training as an oral surgeon, Matthias began to give lectures on various topics of dentistry, underlining his reputation as a young and thriving dentist with a profound scientific background.
In 1999, Matthias was promoted to Junior Professor (Oberarzt) at Heinrich-Heine University, Germany, Department of Oral Surgery. As Matthias enjoyed both the practical and theoretical aspects of modern dentistry, he looked for a position which would allow him to put more emphasis on the actual treatment of patients in order to further benefit his community by dedicating his energy towards the public health sector.
After purchasing a private clinic in Overath at Cologne, Germany in 2000, he was able to dedicate his knowledge in general dentistry, oral surgery, implantology and periodontology to the wider public. He was now enjoying a rich and fascinating life, spending time between family, work and travelling around the world as renowned teacher.
Over the years, Matthias’s reputation as a speaker and lecturer grew and he was invited as a key note speaker at conferences all over the world. His lectures span from: the United States; to all the main centres in Germany; to London, UK; Paris and Cannes, France; Budapest, Hungary; New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Zurich and Winterthur in Switzerland; Bogota, Columbia; Barcelona, Spain; to name a few.
Certified as a Lecturer (“Train the Trainer” by Zimmer, Carlsbad, U.S.), Matthias’s latest invitations to speak sent him to Shanghai, Bejing, Guanzhou and several cities in China.
Outside of work at his private clinic and speaking at international conferences and lectures, Matthias became Head of the Study Group, “Implantology and Restorative Dentistry - Germany” from 2003 to 2007. This position helped him structure his fellow dentists’ continuing education and by doing so, emphasised the high standards of international evidenced-based dentistry.
To test his ability to work in an English speaking environment, Matthias decided to work in Ireland. He associated with Dr. Paul Moore at Gate Clinic, Galway, which was one of the most prolific dental practices in Ireland.
Travelling to Ireland over the weekends in addition to running his own private clinic in Germany and lecturing all over the world took its toll and made Matthias realise that he needed to balance his life better between his dedication to dentistry and spending time with his family.
In 2016, after nearly 30 years of working in dentistry, the political climate of Germany and a wish to change their own lifestyle, Matthias and his family decided to move to New Zealand. After 18 months of paper work, Matthias and Susi and their two children settled in Whangarei, New Zealand.
In early 2018, Matthias started working as a dentist with Jeff Joy at Kowhai Dental. Jeff had told him about the poor state of oral health in New Zealand, particularly in Northland, and shared his plans to improve the dental health of kiwis. This greatly inspired Matthias to follow him on this journey by offering services desperately needed in Northland, such as oral surgery, implantology and periodontology.
After these first few months of practising in New Zealand, Jeff opened his second facility, Kowhai Dental West, which would provide even more access to expert dentistry to the people of Northland.
Making good dentistry affordable while still maintaining the highest standards of dentistry was thrilling to Matthias.
As the demand for these kinds of services continues to rise, Matthias will be offering lectures to other providers in the community on Implantology at Kowhai Dental West, starting later in 2019.
In his spare time, Matthias enjoys golf, fishing and the relaxed Kiwi way of life and has recently taken up kiteboarding. Living in Whangarei pinnacles his family’s dream of living an enjoyable and fulfilling life.