It has long been my goal to help make a difference in the lives of people I work with, both in my profession and outside of it.
Making a difference in my patients’ lives happens in different ways, as each patient is an individual. This means the difference I hope to make varies depending on what the patient needs and desires. Of course, creating an ideal bite and a beautiful smile can and does make a very big difference for most people.
I’ve been having fun in the orthodontic profession for over 40 years. When I was younger, I wanted to be a coach and as I got to college my thoughts turned to dentistry. My strong desire to become an orthodontist developed as I had an opportunity to work for orthodontists while in dental school.
I enjoy the personal interaction with patients, sharing stories, trading jokes, and learning about their interests. Without a doubt, though, my greatest satisfaction is witnessing the change in each person’s smile and with that, the changes in how they see themselves.
Education and Professional Activities
- Undergraduate studies, South Dakota State University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Loyola University Dental School
- Orthodontic Specialty Degree, Loyola University Orthodontic Department
I believe as a doctor you owe it to yourself and your patients to be a continuous student. Throughout my career, I have been committed to staying on the leading-edge of advancements in orthodontics. As such, I have always looked forward to attending the latest continuing education seminars and courses.
Orthodontic treatments and technologies have evolved greatly over the years. These advances have brought us to a point where patients get better outcomes, with far fewer extractions, less discomfort, fewer appointments, less need for surgical intervention, and faster treatment!
Among my continuing education:
- Foundation for Advanced Continuing Orthodontic Education, 2.5 year course
- Pitts Masters Orthodontic Course, 2 year course
- Society for Occlusal Studies course
- Numerous Invisalign® courses from 1999-present
- Numerous TMJ-TMD courses
I have also had the privilege of sharing my knowledge and experience:
- Assistant clinical professor in the Loyola Orthodontic Department, 3 years
- Guest lecturer in the University of Minnesota Orthodontic Department
- Guest lecturer in the Iowa Orthodontic Department
- Lecturer at the Minnesota Society of Orthodontics meeting
- Lecturer at many other national and international orthodontic meetings
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Midwest Society of Orthodontists
- South Dakota Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- South Dakota Dental Association
Outside of Orthodontics
I grew up in Milbank and now live in Sioux Falls with my family. My wife Patty and I have a family of seven children, consisting of hers, mine, and ours. We also have ten grandchildren, many of them living in the Sioux Falls area. Both Patty and my daughter Alex work in the office with me. We three enjoy this very much.
Our family is very close and Patty gets us all together for a buffet brunch, called “First Friday,” the first Friday of each month. And, of course, there are also Viking football games: many of us watch them together.
I love golf, reading, and training and hunting with my dogs. I have been a breeder, trainer, and international competitor with my dogs, Drahthaars, for nearly 30 years.