I knew I wanted to be a dentist when I was a junior in high school. I was very fortunate that the dentist I started seeing at age 12 always made everything so comfortable for me. He was compassionate, truly enjoyed his work, and was excellent technically. I knew that was the kind of dentist I wanted to become.
What excites me as a dentist is the opportunity to help improve the lives of my patients. When a patient tells me “I love my new smile,” “my mouth has never felt better,” or “that was the easiest dental experience I have ever had,” it is always a great feeling!
Whenever I have the opportunity to have a life-changing impact on someone’s life through dentistry (see the clip from the “Dr. Phil” show below). It is always a highlight for me and my staff.
I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors, (Omicron Kappa Upsilon) in 1981 from the University of Iowa, where I completed my undergraduate and graduate training. I maintained a successful dental practice in Iowa for six years before moving to Florida and joining this practice in 1987.
With my commitment to continuing education, I have received my Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry. I have served as president of the Manatee Dental Society and as a board member for more than 20 years, and am a Fellow in the American College of Dentists.
- Academy of General Dentistry, fellow
- American College of Dentistry, fellow
- Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, founding member and past president
- Florida Dental Society of Anesthesiology
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Academy of Osseointegration (dental implant organization)
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association, delegate
- Manatee Dental Society, past president
I was born and raised in Iowa and practiced there for six years before I moved to Bradenton in 1987 and joined Drs. Zamikoff and Klement. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, Donna, three children — Adam, Bridget, Elise — and one grandchild, Ellie.
I feel it is important to give back to the community and have been involved with Bradenton Kiwanis, Give Back a Smile, and Give Kids a Smile, and I volunteer for the Bill Galvano One Stop Center and Turning Points and Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Bradenton.
Over the years, I have enjoyed many athletic activities, such as tennis, running, hiking, biking, baseball, basketball, and triathlon competitions, and I am an avid sports fan.
Sometimes I am asked what I would have pursued for a career if not dentistry. It definitely would have revolved around music. I enjoy playing classical piano, which is a great way to relax and enhance dexterity and a gentle touch while providing dental care.
It is my goal to provide excellent dentistry in a caring and compassionate manner and to create an environment that is as pleasant as possible for my patients. I feel it is important to take time to listen to determine the best path of treatment for each individual patient.