Transforming Lives: One Person and One Smile at a Time
Orthodontics, to me, is a way of serving my community. I grew up in the Beverly Neighborhood and have always called Chicago home. Nothing makes me happier than encountering a familiar smile on the street: it is amazing to be in a profession where I have the opportunity to make a lifelong, positive change in each patient’s life!
Growing up, I enjoyed science and problem solving; I am also creative and detail oriented. Becoming an orthodontist meant I was able to bring my interests and abilities together, and in doing so help people lead healthier, happier lives.
One of the greatest rewards of my profession, and one I was not initially aware of, is the time I get to spend with patients. Each person starts orthodontics with the goal of straighter teeth and an improved smile. Throughout treatment, I see the person change – sometimes from visit to visit – as they see the visible change in their appearance. People become more comfortable with how they look, which increases their self-esteem and boosts their inner confidence.
By the time treatment concludes, each patient has a smile they truly love: a smile that is functional, pleasing, and will last a lifetime!
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Indiana University
- Bachelor of Science in Dentistry, University of Illinois
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Illinois
- Master of Science, University of Illinois
- Certificate, Specialist in Orthodontics, University of Illinois
One of the most exciting aspects of the orthodontic specialty is the ongoing research that leads to new technologies and techniques. While the mechanics of tooth movement are well known, there are now many options available to achieving the same ideal results.
I have been practicing for 20 years and in that time how I practice – the diagnostic technologies, treatment planning, and methodologies – have all evolved. By staying at the forefront of these changes, taking courses, attending meetings and lectures, and participating in study groups, I constantly learn and bring that knowledge back to my practice and the care I offer.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Midwest Society of Orthodontists
- Illinois Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Illinois State Dental Society
- Chicago Dental Society
Beyond the Practice
My family and I live in the same neighborhood where I grew up. It’s a good feeling to be raising our two girls and two boys in such a wonderful community!
My wife Tracy and I are very involved in our children’s activities and school, as well as our parish. I enjoy coaching youth basketball and volunteering for local charitable organizations that keep our community stable and thriving. Most of my weekends are spent coaching or attending and supporting my kids’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities.
In my free time, in addition to coaching I also play basketball and love water sports: swimming, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing. I am also a huge fan of Chicago sports, especially the Bears and White Sox!