How did you get started in dentistry?
I shadowed a dentist, who was a friend of my parents, in high school. I officially became a dentist in 1992.
Where did you grow up and get your education?
I grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois, and went to Loyola University in Chicago for undergrad. I went to University of Illinois for dental school.
What made you want to become a dentist?
I was drawn to the creative and social aspects of the job. I also really liked the independence of one day owning my own business.
How have you grown in business and as a person over the years?
I’m more mature now and I get more confident every day. I always try to lead and not follow.
What philosophy do you take toward work?
I treat everyone as if they were a member of my family. I also listen to everyone and each problem they have. Although many problems may seem unique, I’ve likely heard it hundreds of times and may have a more simple solution than they might think.
What are your favorite non-dentistry hobbies?
I really like hiking and skiing.
Who are the members of your immediate family?
I have a wife, daughter, son and two dogs. The dogs are German shepherds and are brother and sister from the same litter.
Vacation spots? We love Hawaii, the Rockies and the Northwoods.
Shows? I’ve always loved car shows and cars in general. They have been a passion of mine since I was about 5 years old.
Music? I like all types of music, but my mainstay is alternative and indie.
What’s the most important thing for patients to know about caring for their teeth?
Prevention is key, plain and simple. If you can take the initiative and look after yourself, all other issues regarding your dental health will be much easier to manage.