A Passion for Dentistry
I see my opportunity to practice dentistry as a great privilege. Building relationships with people, in a capacity where I am able to support and improve their quality of life, makes for a fulfilling profession.
It is my goal to serve people in a way that makes a difference. I have a commitment to excellent health-centered dental care, and always make every effort to understand the unique oral health goals of each patient. I know that preventive and restorative dental care has a transformative impact on a person’s life.
The beauty of a smile has the power to boost self-confidence and open social avenues in a way that nothing else can. Renewing a smile can have a profound impact in every social interaction, and there is no way to place a value on that.
My college education in physical chemistry led me to a position as an engineer in a computer chip company. After a few years, I found that while I loved the technical aspects of manufacturing, what really excited me was the opportunity to work with and help people. I decided to pursue a career in dentistry to combine my love of all things technical and my passion for helping people.
My Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical chemistry – Idaho State University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery with high distinction – Indiana University School of Dentistry
- Advanced education in general dentistry residency – United States Air Force
- Graduate, Kois Postgraduate Dental Center, Seattle, Washington
- Member, American Dental Asociation; Michigan Dental Association; Vacationland District Dental Society
- Member, Academy of General Dentistry
- Member, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
I’m passionate about providing excellent patient care, and that drives me to seek out the highest quality continuing education opportunities. I graduated from the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington; and continue to study there regularly for ongoing scientific updates. The Kois curriculum has transformed the way I practice, because it encompasses all areas of clinical dentistry. By incorporating the most current scientific evidence into patient care, I’m able to deliver positive outcomes to my patients, by eliminating pain, enhancing their ability to chew, and improving their appearance.
My patients place confidence in my ability to provide the best dental care available, and I take their confidence seriously. A deeply held sense of responsibility compels me to a strong commitment for continual professional development. I obtained my license to practice dentistry in 2005, but will continue my status as a student of dentistry until the day I retire.
Away from the Office
The love of my life, Shelley, and I have been married for more than 25 years. She’s a teacher by training and schools our younger two children at home. We have one child away at college, and another that is heavily involved at Petoskey High School. The kids keep us busy with their ever-expanding interests. We all love being outdoors, and enjoy all the benefits offered by living in our beautiful part of the world.