I am a healthcare provider. I want to help people, to take care of them.
As a dentist, I have been blessed with longevity and perseverance. I have watched many kids grow to become adults and am now privileged to treat their children. I have also had many patients of my parents’ generation that I was honored to care for to the ends of their lives.
It has been my privilege to treat all of them: to help each live fuller, happier, healthier lives, and to get to know them over the years.
After practicing for almost 40 years, first in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps for three years and then in private practice in St. Louis, I still look forward to coming to the office. I enjoy meeting people who need us, setting goals with them, formulating treatment plans with them, and then seeing these plans through to completion.
I truly feel blessed to be of service and to have the knowledge and skills necessary to help people with complex needs get healthy again.
Ours is a small practice: We work one-on-one with our patients, and get to know each on a personal level. We know their names, their stories, their needs and idiosyncrasies, and we treat each like family.
A lot of dental offices offer technical skills, great knowledge, and modern equipment. We have all that, and we have the personal skills and commitment necessary to make what can be challenging for a lot of people easier to accomplish.
Our office manager Nancy, chairside assistant Candace, and hygienist Sarah are all personable. They put each patient at ease, listen to the person’s desires, and respect who they are. They make our office a pleasant, supportive environment, where patients learn we genuinely care.
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in the Skinker/DeBaliviere area and attended grade school, high school, college, and dental school all in St. Louis. After three years in the U.S. Navy, home-ported in southern California, I returned to my community and have lived in Glendale ever since.
Outside the office, time with family is important to me. I have three adult children: two are married and the third is engaged and planning a wedding for September 2018. I also have four wonderful grandchildren, with number five on the way.
I’m at my happiest when I’m on a lake with a fishing pole in my hand. At home, I have a basement full of tropical fish tanks, and in the backyard I have waterfalls and three ponds that are home to dozens of koi fish, and surrounded by plants and bushes.
I have been a track coach and tutor I inner-city boys in sixth through eighth grade. For the past 25 years, I have taken care of the girls section of Boys Hope/Girls Hope, too. I now have more time to give back and am a firm believer in making a hands-on difference, one child at a time.
- St. Louis University High School
- Undergraduate – University of Missouri/St. Louis
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis
Since completing dental school in 1979, I’ve pursued numerous continuing education opportunities, and attended seminars, lectures, and conferences. In addition, I have completed rigorous continuums at:
- The Center for Professional Development, Michael Schuster, DDS, in Scottsdale
- The Center for Advanced Dental Studies, Peter Dawson, in St. Petersburg, Florida
- Misch International Implant Institute in Detroit (implant prosthetics and surgical programs)
- American Dental Association
- Missouri Dental Association
- Greater St. Louis Dental Society
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- St. Louis Dental Implant Study Club
- American Equilibration Society