On Being a Dentist
I'm passionate about providing quality dental care. I listen to my patients concerns and preferences, and I offer treatment options that are reasonable and conservative. I'm a strong advocate for preventive care. Whether I’m helping a patient feel better about their smile, removing oral pain, or reconstructing their mouth, I know I’m making a positive difference in that person’s life. When they smile and thank me, it’s a great feeling.
Each day I care for interesting people with fascinating experiences to share. i find these interactions stimulating. I enjoy getting to know each of them on a personal level, learning about their families and interests, sharing stories, and building a strong, long-term relationship. Working in a practice that emphasizes family dental care is rewarding, as I am able to spend time with children, teens, adults, and seniors, each of whom brings with them wonderful tales about their lives.
I developed an interest in science and helping people at an early age. I grew up admiring my father, and I saw how his work improved the lives of those in our community. I knew that dentistry was the right decision for me when I was very young, and I decided to follow in my father's footsteps. I completed my dental education and I've been practicing since 2011. It's very satisfying to me to be a part of our family business. It's also important to me to give back to the community, and I found it very rewarding to participate as a volunteer at the Illinois State Dental Society Mission of Mercy.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Illinois State University, Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Dental Medicine degree
Since my graduation, I have actively pursued continuing education at every opportunity. By attending meetings, seminars, and lectures, as well as staying abreast of the relevant journals, I am able to continue delivering proven, gentle dental care to my patients. Areas of particular interest for me have been cosmetic dentistry, complex restorative cases, implant dentistry, pediatric dentistry, infection control, and TMJ-TMD treatments.
- American Dental Association
- Illinois State Dental Society
- Peoria District Dental Society
- Morton Chamber of Commerce
- Better Business Bureau
I was born in Alton, while my father was still in dental school. We moved back to Morton when I was one year old. I’m a 2003 graduate of Morton High School. I am passionate about my family. My wife Rebecca is an amazing singer, and we were married in August of 2013. We’re expecting a baby boy in December, 2014. When I’m not caring for my patients, my favorite times are those spent with my family and friends. I also enjoy reading, taking walks, and attending church. I love studying theology and history, and I'm an avid sports fan. I especially enjoy St. Louis Cardinals baseball.