Dr. Selnes graduated as the Gold Medalist in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program from Queen’s University in 1988. He completed a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council-sponsored fellowship in biomechanics from Queen’s University, for which he received a Master of Science in 1990.
Not having had enough of academia, Dr. Selnes went on to complete his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Toronto, where he graduated Omicron Kappa Upsilon in 1994. He spent a year as a dental resident at the Hospital for Sick Children before completing his residency specialty training in Orthodontics at the University of Toronto in 1997. He remained affiliated with the Orthodontic and Craniofacial Department at the Hospital for Sick Children while completing his research.
Dr. Selnes has continued to teach and lecture as one of the clinical orthodontic staff (associate in dentistry) in the Graduate Department Adult Orthodontic Clinic at the University of Toronto for the last 25 years. He has been responsible for the training of both undergraduate dental students and graduates orthodontic students with particular interests in biomechanics, implants, and adult orthodontics. He has lectured and given a number of continuing education courses to practicing dentists and various regional societies.
Dr. Selnes has been awarded Fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, as well as Fellowships in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Academy of Dentistry International, the International College of Dentists, and the American College of Dentists.
Dr. Selnes has served on the faculty council for the University of Toronto and was one of the founding board members of the U of T Orthodontic Alumni Association. He is also actively involved as Past-President of the Ontario Association of Orthodontists, Halton-Peel Dental Association, the Toronto Orthodontic Study Club and the Canadian Association or Orthodontists. He has also completed two six-year terms as a councillor for the Ontario Dental Association and is an ODA and CDA Award of Merit recipient.
Presently, he is an active board member of the Canadian and Ontario Associations of Orthodontists. He also holds membership in the American Association of Orthodontists, the Ontario Dental Association, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Canada, the World Federation of Orthodontists and the Invisalign Study Club. Dr. Selnes actively participates in hundreds of hours of continuing education courses in orthodontics and dentistry every year.
He also served as the Vice-President of the board of Oakville Galleries, one of Canada’s preeminent contemporary art museums.
Dr. Selnes is very happily married to his lovely wife Helene. They have a son, Christian, and a daughter, Noelle. They avidly enjoy golf, motorcycles, skiing, traveling, painting, photography, cooking, and the arts.