Education and Experience
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Biology and Secondary Education in 1999 at Taylor University in Upland, IN. I taught high school science in Anderson, IN for four years prior to admission to dental school. I completed my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2007 at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in Detroit, MI.
I spent the first eight years of my career practicing in Southwest Michigan. Since then, I’ve called Northeast Wisconsin home. I’ve had a variety of experiences from working in private and group practices as an associate dentist, working in a Federally Qualified Health Center as a general dentist, and owning my own dental practice.
Commitment to Continual Learning
I have taken a wide range of continuing education, most notably in the areas of oral surgery, implant dentistry, removable prosthodontics, and restorative dentistry. I believe these areas are important as they improve my skills in procedures that are common to the everyday practice of dentistry, as well as the future of dental practice. I believe CE is important and participate as much as I can because dentistry is an ever-changing profession. It’s important to continue to learn and grow as a professional for the benefit and well-being of my practice and patients.
In some of my free time, I am involved in organized dentistry through the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Outagamie County Dental Society, Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA), and the American Dental Association (ADA). Currently, I serve on the Board of Trustees for the WDA and previously held a position on the ADA New Dentist Committee and was president of my local society in Michigan.
A Dedicated Team
Dentistry is a very technical profession. It can be isolating and difficult as the public perception of dentistry can sometimes be encapsulated in the statement, “I hate the dentist.” One of the ways this is combated is with a great team, and the team at Oak Grove Dentistry is fantastic! Everyone is upbeat, conversational, and looking to do their best for each patient who walks in our doors.
Outside the Office
I grew up in Battle Creek, MI a city famous for its cereal manufacturers. Each summer, I had the opportunity to eat at the World’s Longest Breakfast Table and collect the various cereal box trinkets from Kellogg’s and Post. Believe it or not, at various times during the year, the air would smell of baking cereal or cookies as Kellogg’s, Post, or Archway would be baking their products.
Now living in Northeast Wisconsin, I spend much of my personal time at home with my wife and three daughters. My girls are busy with school and music programs. Needless to say, there are few dull moments in our household.
When I do have free time, I enjoy traveling with my family. I also enjoy cooking and grilling. In addition, I enjoy volunteering time to serve at Life Church Fox Valley.
Some other passions of mine are Detroit sports, reading fiction and theology, music (I have an eclectic taste from David Phelps, Michael Bublè, and Josh Groban to Queen, Chicago, Imagine Dragons, and Aerosmith, to Beethoven and Dvorak), perfecting my homemade pizza recipe, and watching movies, especially the superhero and fantasy genres.