On Being an Orthodontist
Being an orthodontist is a wonderful privilege because it allows me to make a huge difference in the lives of incredible people. I get to provide each person with an awesome, healthy smile and develop many new friendships in the process.
I look at this privilege as a big responsibility, too, and take my job very seriously. I’m constantly working at expanding my knowledge and skills, and updating our office so we can continue to provide exceptional care to our patients.
I’m passionate about providing an exceptional level of treatment to each of my patients. After many years of practicing orthodontics, I’m still in awe of the incredible transformations we can provide through orthodontic treatment. The aesthetic and health benefits are obvious, but the positive changes in an individual’s self-esteem and personal confidence are very special and rewarding to me, professionally and personally.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- C. M. Russell High School, Great Falls, MT
- Undergraduate degree, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, graduated with highest honors
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, graduated top of class with numerous clinical and academic awards
- Master of Science degree and orthodontic residency, University of Iowa, IA
I have participated in hundreds of hours of continuing education courses and routinely attend state and national orthodontic meetings. Continuing education allows me to further advance my knowledge and skills to keep pace with ever-changing technology and advances. By staying current on developments, I am able to continue providing exceptional care for my patients.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Montana State Orthodontic Society, past president
- Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists
- Fourth District Dental Society, Great Falls
Away from the Office
I was raised in Great Falls. After finishing dental school and orthodontic training, I returned home in 1987 and have been practicing here ever since. My wife, Sheree, is from Missoula. We married while I was attending dental school, and have three wonderful children. Our oldest daughter and son, who are twins, are attending college. Our daughter is following in her mother’s footsteps and will be a teacher. Our son is enrolled in dental school. Our youngest son is currently in high school.
We love pets, raise Labrador retrievers, and enjoy the company of our miniature dachshund. Sheree and I spend a lot of time following our children’s sport activities, and their running and wrestling events have kept us very busy. In fact, my children’s running sports have inspired me to run, too, and I completed my first marathon in 2013!
Our family loves the many outdoor opportunities Montana has to offer. We hike, fish, hunt, and ski as often as we can.