On Being an Orthodontist
Being an orthodontist is truly a unique privilege. It is so much beyond straightening crooked teeth: it is the opportunity to be involved in the lives of people, as we make changes to their smile and grow their confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontics provides me with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to create a beautiful and healthy smile for a person, while also developing an amazing relationship with him or her.
I love getting to know my patients and learning who they are as people. Seeing them grow and mature, while helping them develop an incredible smile that will serve them for the rest of their lives, is personally and professionally rewarding.
I became an orthodontist because I felt the profession was the perfect blend of art and science. It also brought me into contact with healthy individuals who want to make positive changes in their life. My days are surrounded by smiles from people who’ve become my friends. I have no doubt I chose well.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering – University of Minnesota
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Minnesota
- Master of Science and certificate in orthodontics – University of Iowa
I’ve been practicing orthodontics for almost 30 years, yet this is a constantly changing field. With emerging technologies and treatments, it’s essential I remain up to date so my patients receive the best care. Throughout the year I take continuing education courses in order to stay abreast of the latest developments.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Roth Williams International Society of Orthodontists
- Wyoming Dental Association
I grew up in White Bear Lake, MN. After completing my orthodontic residency, I returned to my home town to practice for five years before moving to Wyoming.
My wife Keely and I have been married for more than 30 years, and we have three adult children. When not working, I’m often spending time at our cabin in the Big Horn Mountains, or fly fishing and hunting throughout the Rockies. I have three Labrador retrievers that I actively train for competition in field trials.