Tristan was born in Melbourne, but spent the majority of his upbringing on the Sunshine Coast and in northeast Brisbane. Upon graduating from Brisbane Grammar School, Tristan spent a Gap year working in the UK and on a South African game reserve. Studying aviation on his return and successfully gaining a private pilots license, Tristan then moved to the Gold Coast to study dentistry as a member of the foundation cohort at Griffith University. Receiving the inaugural Oral Health and Dental Science Medal, Tristan joined the practice in 2009, bringing with him particular interests in the cosmetic and surgical sides of dentistry. Having represented Australia at three consecutive Triathlon World Championships, Tristan also enjoys rock climbing, travelling and has an obsession with boating and fishing.