Making a Difference, One Person at a Time
Being a dentist is about more than caring for teeth; it’s about building lasting relationships and caring for each patient as an individual. I see my patients as a whole person and work hard to help each develop and keep great oral and overall health. There’s a strong connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. When one part is unhealthy, it affects the other. By seeing the patient as a whole person, and working closely with him or her, I help people develop a healthy, beautiful smile and improved body wellness.
I’ve been practicing dentistry for more than 40 years. I was inspired to join the profession by my uncle, who was a dentist, as well as by a teacher in high school. Working with my hands, blending the art and science of the field, and becoming friends with my patients, all keep me engaged and certain I made the right decision.
I love how dentistry has evolved in the years since I graduated from dental school. The advances in technologies, along with new treatments and materials, all mean a more comfortable experience and amazing results. Seeing patients happy with their smile, and having them thank me for delivering a pain-free visit, makes my day.
Education and Continuing Education
My Doctorate of Dental Surgery was awarded by the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in Lincoln. Since graduation, I have actively pursued continuing dental education at every opportunity. By staying current on developments in oral healthcare, I ensure my patients receive the best treatment for their needs.
I have participated in the Progressive Orthodontics Seminars and the Pankey Institute Seminar for Occlusal Studies. I also attend numerous conferences, lectures, and seminars throughout the year. Additionally, I study discussions of the newest research through oral healthcare journals.
I grew up here in Grand Island and have lived in the same home for the last 39 years. My life is shared with my wife, Jan. I have several children and step-children, too: Dan, Amanda, Tiffany, Andy, and Krisha. Our family has expanded with the addition of four grandchildren and two dogs!
When I’m not working, spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren, is a priority. I also enjoy time outdoors.
In the Community
I’m proud to be a charter member of Third City Sertoma. I also served on the local school board from 1992 to 2004 and am a board member of the Grand Island Public School Foundation. I’m also a member of the Tehama Shrine.