Being a pediatric dentist means working in the best profession in the world. My days are spent with children, each of whom brings his or her own energy, growing personality, and interpretations of the world into my office and my life. Children are fun to be around, always keeping me — and my team — on our toes!
I enjoy connecting with children on their level and learning who they are. It brings me a lot of fulfillment when I am able to help anxious children through a procedure and they finish with a big smile, feeling proud of what they have accomplished. Likewise, when a child has a no-cavity checkup and is filled with grins because of what they have done, I celebrate with them.
Every child, and each interaction, is an opportunity to be positive and leave a lasting impression. I want my patients to graduate to a general dentist with bright, healthy smiles, and feel comfortable in the dental environment.
Each of my patients, in the more than 25 years I have been in practice, has enriched and bettered my life. I am honored to have experienced their formative years with them, and treasure our time together.
Education and Experience
I grew up knowing I wanted to help others and drawn to working with children. Knowing that oral health is a core part of overall physical health, and impacting self-esteem, I chose to become a pediatric dentist.
Prior to entering into practice, I completed my:
- Bachelor of Science in biology – University of Arizona
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Iowa
- Master of Science in dentistry in pediatric dentistry – Indiana University
- Certificate in pediatric dentistry – James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis
Dental school and the postdoctorate pediatric dentistry training gave me a solid foundational understanding of the specialized oral health concerns of children. It encompassed everything from clinical techniques to behavioral management and caring for children with complex physical, developmental, and emotional needs.
Continuing Education and Professional Activities
As a board-certified pediatric dentist, I continue to educate myself, staying current on the newest methodologies, materials, and technologies, as well as trends and research. I bring that knowledge to the practice to ensure each patient receives innovative, proven teatment.
I am a member and presenter of the Excellence Study Club, and active in the:
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Illinois State Dental Society
- McHenry County Dental Society
- International Association for Dental Traumatology
Additionally, I am a coordinator for Dental Health Month with Crystal Lake elementary schools.
Beyond the Office
I grew up in Park Ridge and have lived in Crystal Lake for more than 20 years. My wife Beth and I have loved raising our family in this wonderful community; we have four grown children: our son Lucas and our triplets: Jillian, Brandon, and Delaney.
Being with family and loved ones is a priority when I’m not caring for growing smiles. We enjoy hiking and biking together, and love trying new adventures. I also play on baseball and hockey teams, and like playing pickleball, too, to stay in shape.
Giving back to this community and helping others is core to who I am, both professionally and personally. In addition to dental health outreach and education in our schools and to the general public, I volunteer to coordinate food drives for our local food pantry.