For me, orthodontics isn’t just a job—it’s a way for me to help others. There is nothing more powerful than a smile in making a first impression and having an impact on other people. I am helping people to gain self-esteem, usually at a time in their lives when it is so critical. What my patients do in their teen years can have a significant impact on the rest of their lives, and I am proud to help them gain a positive start.
I also love the variety of my patients’ lives and activities. They really keep me in touch with the culture as a whole when I see all the things that they are doing and what is important to them. It helps me to stay young and feel vibrant by interacting with my patients.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Arts in biology – West Virginia University, 1985
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – West Virginia University, 1988
- Hospital-based general practice residency, 1989
- Master of Science in orthodontics – West Virginia University, 1992
I think that it’s important to be aware of all the new technology and innovations that are constantly coming into the field. It allows me to evaluate what new technology may be worthwhile to incorporate into our practice while keeping a balance with our current tried-and-true technology. I attend the American Association of Orthodontists’ annual meeting almost every year and attend local meetings as well. Our state licensure requires 35 hours of continuing education every two years, and I make it my mission always to exceed that amount.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- West Virginia Dental Association
Outside the Office
I grew up in Morgantown and am happy to practice orthodontics in my hometown. I’ve been happily married to the most wonderful woman in the world for more than 25 years. She is a hands-on surgical nurse. Although we haven’t been blessed with children of our own, we have many friends and relatives who have let us love their kids and be involved in their lives.
My wife Kim and I enjoy a variety of activities outside of work, though there never seems to be enough time in the day for them all. I get excited when WVU football season comes around; we love the crispness of fall and the absolute beauty of the changing leaves. We love the fresh fallen snow in the winter, and we get excited in the spring and summer for outdoor activities, including golfing, biking, and fun with friends.
Leading a Christian lifestyle encompasses everything that my wife and I do. We try to live a life directed by God, which guides our involvement with others through service, love, and care. I hope to share the love that He has shown to me with all those around me. Kim and I are involved at our church, Christian & Missionary Alliance, and over the years have been active in the choir and praise team, and have served on leadership boards. We also support a variety of charitable organizations that provide services for those in need all around the world.