I have been practicing dentistry for 34 years. Wow, time flies! Back in 1981, I graduated from the University of Detroit School for Dentistry. Before that, I graduated from the University of Michigan (go Blue!) with a degree in Botany. I did not pursue a dental specialty; I stayed with general dentistry because it was a beautiful combination of science and art.
I went straight from dental school to wild and wooly Barre, Vermont. Why Vermont? Well, good question. At that point in my life, I thought I was Dr. Downhill Ski. It’s interesting how life’s experiences change you. Now, I don’t downhill anymore. In the winter, I am a Nordic skier, both skate and classic. In the winter of 2015, I discovered “fat biking”, using some of the same Nordic trails I skate ski on. Fat biking is rapidly becoming my winter outdoor hobby. My other hobbies include both mountain and road biking, landscaping, building mountain bike trails, hiking, and tinkering.
After five years in Vermont, I became an associate of Dr. Steve Peer in Tilton, New Hampshire. I have been living in the lakes region ever since. After a year with Dr. Peer, Dr. Kenneth Achber was willing to sell me his practice, which was located in the small white “cottage” at the bottom of hospital hill in Laconia. That was in 1988, and I have been working in the Gilford/Laconia area ever since.
Dentistry is challenging and rewarding science. You must constantly attend continuing education courses to stay on top of advances and improvement in the field. Over the years, I have traveled all over the US, taking courses from the finest teachers and clinicians in the business. I guess the lessons that these educators and the years of experience taught me have sunk in. I have been voted one of the best dentists in New Hampshire by my dental peers three years in a row!
When I am not biking or at the office, I am enjoying the company of my wife of 33 years, Pamela, and our two adopted children, Mian and Jae. Mian was adopted from China in 1996. Mian started at Bryn Mawr Collage in the fall of 2014. Jae came to us from South Korea in 1999. At the time of their arrival in the US, they were both infants.