Sven graduated as a dentist from the University of Melbourne in 1991. He started his career as a Captain in Royal Australian Army Dental Corps and served in a full time capacity until 2005, including overseas tours to Bougainville and East Timor.
In 2005 Sven completed his Primary exams for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and in 2006 commenced his Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry (Periodontics). He completed this doctorate and the FRACDS (Perio) exams in 2008, and then entered specialist private practice on the Sunshine Coast. He moved to the Gold Coast in 2010.
Sven is a member of the Australian Dental Association, Australasian Osseointegration Society, Australian Society of Periodontology, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists, and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He has taught at both under-graduate and post-graduate level at the University of Melbourne, Griffith University and is currently teaching at University of Queensland in the Specialist Periodontal program. Sven also serves as a consultant Periodontist to the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps in an Army Reserve capacity.
Sven has three children and is a keen sportsman, enjoying running, cycling and riding motor bikes. His other pursuits including real estate, renovating houses and monitoring the stock market.