Russell graduated from RMIT in Victoria Australia in 1973 as dux of Applied Science of Dental Technology. He then won the Victorian Chamber of Commerce Study Award as well as Apprentice of the Year in Dental Technology. In 1974 he was awarded the Overseas Foundation Scholarship by Rotary International to study dental ceramics in New York and Chicago. He returned to Australia in 1975 and together with Tom Friedman, founded Omega Ceramics Dental Laboratory, which is now considered one of the leading dental laboratories in the country.

Russell has lectured widely on aesthetics and art in dentistry in Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States, and has published articles on dental ceramics in dental journals worldwide. His main areas of interest are implant design development, implant aesthetics and clinical and laboratory coordination and communication. He is a qualified dental prosthetist and combines his comprehensive clinical knowledge with his vast experience as a master dental ceramist.