There is nothing I’d rather do than work as an orthodontist. I enjoy the daily interactions I have with my patients and their families, especially getting to know about their schools, travels, and hobbies. I am also grateful for the true team mentality I have with my staff. We all work closely with each individual patient to make sure a beautiful, functional smile is achieved.
Education and Continuing Education
I am a Chesterton native, having graduated from Chesterton High School in 1984 before obtaining my undergraduate education from Wabash College. I received my dental education at Indiana University School of Dentistry, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1992. I also earned my Master of Science in dentistry there in 1994.
The field of orthodontics is constantly changing, with new treatments and technology appearing every day. I can say without a doubt that I don’t treat patients the way I did 20 years ago! I continue my education every year, easily surpassing the state requirements, by taking courses in all areas of orthodontic technology. Currently, I am occupied with the clinical applications of lasers for orthodontics, accelerated orthodontic techniques, and lingual orthodontics, and how they can improve my patients’ outcomes.
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Board of Orthodontics
- Indiana Dental Association
- Northwest Indiana Dental Society
In the Office
My team and I have worked together long enough to be able to anticipate one another’s needs. This makes for an efficient, smooth-running office environment. Our patients’ needs are our number-one priority. That being said, we also genuinely enjoy spending time together and making each other laugh: something our patients love about us!
Family and Community
My wife Brenda and I have two children, Andy and Abbey, who are both in college. When I’m not with my family, much of my free time is devoted to swimming. I’ve competed on a national level and find open-water swimming to be particularly challenging. I also enjoy fly fishing, surfing, gardening, and cooking. I like to surf with my son, but he is a lot better at it than I am!
I'm involved in my community through volunteer efforts such as Rebuilding Together Duneland, as well as helping with my kids’ swim team and my son's scout troop. Our office regularly hosts field trips for our community’s youth so they can be exposed to orthodontics and learn about their oral health.
For the past 21 years, our practice has also sponsored an essay contest scholarship for one of our patients bound for college. Serving as an inspiration to the youth in my community has been a remarkable and rewarding aspect of my career.