I love working in the field of orthodontics. It's such a great specialty because every day I get to help people improve their lives. Having a beautiful smile can really change a person's life, giving them confidence and comfort in themselves they didn't feel before. My staff and I feel how wonderful it is to see our friends leave our office with big smiles on their faces!
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1978 from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Five years later, I earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, School of Dentistry, graduating with distinction. I then decided to pursue my Master of Science in Orthodontics from St. Louis University, completing my residency in 1985.
I am currently an associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics at St. Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education. In both my capacity as an educator and a caregiver, I feel it is important to stay abreast of the latest developments in my field. I frequently engage in continuing education courses to learn about the latest advances in orthodontic techniques and technology. Additionally, I have lectured all over the U.S., Europe, and South America on various orthodontic subjects.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Midwest Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Missouri Dental Association
- Greater St. Louis Dental Society
- Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
- College of Diplomates, American Board of Orthodontics
- Fellow, American College of Dentists
- World Federation of Orthodontics
- Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation Board of Directors 1994-2004
- Greater St. Louis Orthodontic Study Club since 2000
Outside the Office
I grew up here in Washington, Missouri and I am lucky to have spent more than 30 years with my wife, Debbie. We are very proud of our three children, Kate, Ryan, and Jane. I am very involved with my community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Franklin County Area United Way for two separate 3 year terms, the Explorer Scouts, Little League sports coaching, and the Smile For A Lifetime Foundation. In my leisure time, I like camping, fishing, and canoeing, but I'm also really interested in the latest high tech gadgets on the market.