Orthodontics is an amazing profession. It allows me to meet and build connections in our community, developing relationships while helping people make lasting changes in their lives.
Many people think of orthodontics in terms of smiles. While changing someone’s appearance is the most noticeable result of treatment, I am also able to improve the individual’s oral health. Properly positioned teeth improve the bite, which helps protect the jaw joints. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, too, which decreases the likelihood of future dental disease.
Of course, straight and healthy teeth do change a person’s appearance, which improves their self-esteem as they feel more comfortable in how they look.
By the time treatment concludes, each patient is physically healthier, has a more aesthetic smile, and is brimming with confidence!
Education and Experience
I attended Purdue University on a swimming scholarship, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. In 1992, I moved to Chicago where I worked for the University of Chicago as a budget analyst for several years. While there I married my lovely wife, Susanne, in 1994.
We then moved to Indianapolis, where Susanne attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry. I soon followed suit, completing my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2000. I then accepted a general practice hospital residency at Wishard Hospital and Riley Hospital, in 2001.
Following the residency, I returned to the Indiana University School of Dentistry for post-graduate studies. In 2003, I was awarded my Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) and completed specialty training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
Commitment to Ongoing Education
One of the most exciting things about orthodontics is that it’s a constantly evolving specialty. Cutting-edge research leads to new methodologies and techniques, which have an impact on the patient experience and results. In order to provide my patients with the best treatment and strongest results, it is critical I stay current on the latest developments.
I actively seek out continuing education opportunities, attending seminars and lectures locally, regionally, and nationally. This ensures I am at the forefront of technological innovation and the latest research findings, so I’m offering patients the most advanced treatment options.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Indiana Dental Association
- Indianapolis District Dental Society
Beyond the Practice
I’m an Indiana native and have been proud to raise my family here in Fishers. Susanne and I have three boys, Oliver, Mario, and Gaven; the twins are now in college and the youngest will soon be off to college, too.
If I’m not seeing patients, I’m most often found with my family and friends. I also enjoy time outdoors, especially when I’m bike riding, hiking, or fly fishing. Our family also enjoys traveling.