I love taking someone who is afraid to smile and making them into a person who loves to smile. It's wonderful to see the increased confidence and self-worth that comes with a healthy and beautiful smile. Most of all, I love knowing we have helped to create a long-term, positive difference in the lives of people who have become our friends.
Orthodontics is a wonderful profession because it allows me time to truly get to know my patients and their families. It’s a pleasure to learn who they are as individuals, and to see their personalities grow as they become more comfortable with their appearance.
Orthodontics is about transformations: Each patient comes to me with the goal of a better smile. As their new smile develops, my patients see the changes and feel more secure in how they look to others. They become more outgoing and social, and their self-esteem grows immeasurably. These transformations happen every day in our practice, and they never grow old!
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Pre-dental studies – Brigham Young University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Iowa
- Advanced education in general dentistry – U.S. Army Dental Corps
- Specialty certificate in orthodontics – The University of Louisville
I regularly attend multiple continuing education meetings throughout the year. This keeps me up to date on the most effective, efficient, and current treatments and technologies. I also stay abreast of the relevant research and discussions published in orthodontic journals. My patients trust me to deliver top-of-the-line care; by constantly learning and expanding my skills, I’m able to ensure they receive it.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Ohio Dental Association
- Muskingum Valley Dental Society
Before coming home to Ohio (I grew up in Wooster) I spent 9 years in the U.S. Army as a dentist and then an orthodontist. It was rewarding to serve our troops all over the world.
Our family enjoyed living for many years in Germany, and now we are excited to be close to our extended family. My wife Jody and I were high school sweethearts and have been married since college.
We have four active boys and one beautiful girl. I enjoy spending time with them, watching Ohio State football and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball, running, hiking, and going to the movies.