Dr Downing was born and raised in Halifax. He attended Dalhousie University, where he received his BSc (1975) and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (1979). When he graduated he took over Woodlawn Dental Centre from Dr. Graham Conrad. Our practice was assumed by Dr. MacPherson in 2017 and Dr. Downing now works with us as an associate dentist.
Experienced in numerous dental implant systems including Nobel Biocare Branemark, Nobel Biocare Replace, Nobel Biocare Procera, Astra Tech AstraZeneca Dental Implants, 3i Dental Implant Systems, Core Vent Dentsply Implant Systems, Straumann Implant Systems Single tooth implants, implant supported overdentures, comprehensive oral reconstructions.
Dr. Downing has been active in almost all aspects of dentistry in his long career. He’s a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He’s a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the Nova Scotia Dental Association (Past President), and the Halifax County Dental Association (Past President). He chaired the NSDA’s Professional Development and Support and Public Relations committees. He’s also the cofounder and past president of the Chebucto Dental Implant Study Club, he chaired the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia Mandatory Continuing Education Committee, and he served as an Examiner on the National Dental Examining Board.
Dr. Downing is an active leader in the community and his roles have included the Past Commodore of the Dartmouth Yacht Club, a Foundation Committee member of the Convoy Club Foundation, and past Vice Chair of the Gulf Shore Preservation Association in Pugwash.
Outside the office he’s the lead guitarist with The Retainers and Day Hollow Five. He enjoys powerboating with Whitecaps, his 28 ft Thundercraft Express Cruiser, and sails on Second Lady, a C&C 32, and is a regular participant in Monday and Wednesday night races at the Dartmouth Yacht Club. He enjoys travel, especially to Europe and the Caribbean. He and his wife Ruth have three grown children they are very proud of.