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, as well as our four grandchildren, Annie, Mary, Eddie and Johnnie! 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.