I have always enjoyed the personal interactions with my orthodontic patients and their parents. Starting with a warm greeting and asking how the person is doing, the conversations flow from there. It’s always interesting to hear what’s new in a patient’s life, and I enjoy learning about their activities and interests.
Clear, open communication is an essential part of the orthodontic process. I want patients to feel comfortable talking with me and our staff, along with asking questions. They know we’ll always be honest and non-judgmental in response.
Whenever we’re about to start a new procedure, I explain what we’ll be doing and give my patient a play-by-play description as we proceed. I also update patients and their parents about what we’ve accomplished during a visit and how treatment is progressing.
I’ve been practicing orthodontics since 1976. Wow ... that’s more than 40 years! That long, really? I must be having a good time!
- Pre-dentistry studies – The Ohio State University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – The Ohio State College of Dentistry
- Dental residency – Walter Reed Army Medical Center
- Master of Science in orthodontics – Case Western Reserve University
- Board certified in orthodontics – 1988
Continuing professional education is core to my commitment to patients. Each year I complete many hours of advanced orthodontic education: taking courses, participating in study clubs, and attending lectures, seminars, and meetings.
Continuing education is the best way to stay abreast of continually improving orthodontic technology and techniques that are developed through evidence-based research. This enables the practice to provide the best care possible, using our knowledge of growth, development, and aesthetics to provide proper function and a beautiful smile.
- College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Great Lakes Society of Orthodontists
- Cleveland Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Stark County Dental Society
- EICO Orthodontic Study Club (composed of eight orthodontists from Northeast Ohio who received their orthodontic specialty credentials from Eastman, Illinois, Case Western, or The Ohio State University)
Beyond the Practice
Born in Oceanside, California, I moved to Ohio when I was six months old and have lived here since, except for my time served as a dentist in the Army.
My wife Sue and I met at The Ohio State University. Our four sons and two daughters-in-law went to Ohio State, too. Sue was a teacher in Alliance, at Parkway Elementary, for about 15 years. Our four sons went through all the grades in the Alliance School System and received a thorough education. They’re all now married, with wonderful wives, and have given us 12 grandchildren.
Sue and I love every minute of time with our family! We love attending our grandchildren’s events: dancing, choral, music, basketball, volleyball, football, cross country and baseball! She and I enjoy going out to dinner and movies with friends. We play tennis and golf, and walk on a regular basis.
Sue and I have participated in the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon in recent years and walked the Nashville 5K, as well. We’ve also enjoyed the Alliance Castle 2K walk and believe everyone should try the Alliance Castle 10K and 5K run or 2K walk over the Labor Day weekend: It’s a great event that starts and finishes at Alliance’s landmark historical Glamorgan Castle!