The Joy of Being an Orthodontist
Parents have told me, many times, and sometimes with tears in their eyes, how their child has openly and happily smiled, for the first time in years, because of the care I’ve provided. It is easy to take what one does every day for granted; it is in one of these moments that I truly understand the effect I can have on the life of another.
When I meet a patient for the first time, I put myself in their shoes, and the shoes of their parent, too. I explain the different types of treatment options, and the pros and cons of each, so they can decide what works for them. I want each patient to have a positive experience, and part of that is them being involved in the decision-making process.
I feel fortunate to work in a profession where patients are excited about treatment. Seeing their faces as they see their smile improve every month is rewarding. Orthodontics is more of a “want” than a “need,” and it’s enjoyable to care for people who WANT to be at your office rather than those who HAVE to be at your office.
Education and Continuing Education
- Undergraduate degree, University of Minnesota
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
- Orthodontic residency, University of Minnesota, 1996
Each year I pursue continuing education through local lectures and a worldwide literature review company. The local lectures give me hands-on learning and the ability to ask questions. The literature review keeps me abreast of advances in technology and techniques, across the globe.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Minnesota Association of Orthodontists, Board Member
I grew up in Rosemount, MN and have lived in Ramsey since 2000. My lovely wife and I have two kids, Zach and Sydnee. When I’m not working, I love spending time at our cabin with family and friends. I also enjoy golfing, karate, and soccer.