Being a dentist means I have been given a great gift, one I have to respect and use to better the lives of others. That I am able to help people get beyond their fears, to restore their health and chewing ability, to improve their smile which increases their self-confidence as they move through world, means I am blessed. There are few professions where an individual is allowed to be such an active participant in changing lives for the better, but dentistry is one.
I am the fourth generation in my family to be in healthcare. My great-grandfather, John Harvey Kellogg, MD, was the doctor who invented Kellogg corn flakes breakfast cereal. His son and then my father were both dentists, and now there is me. My great-grandfather was a pioneer in health and believed that dentistry was essential to a person’s well-being: having the ability to properly chew one’s food and consume healthy foods is essential.
Being able to provide health to my patients is my focus. The patients who come to my team and me are incredible individuals. We love to see them excel in their lives, and we support their success through helping them feel better, look better, and smile more often. Our patients entrust us with their health and restoring their mouths. We do not take that responsibility lightly and do all we can to ensure that their treatment achieves amazing results.
As a dentist, I am particularly honored when a patient who has dental anxiety works up the courage to come in for treatment. Here, we are non-judgmental and compassionate. We will make sure that each patient feels no pain and that he or she leaves our practice smiling, having learned that a visit to us is not something to worry about.
Education and continuing education
- University of Michigan Dental School, Doctorate of Dental Surgery
- University of Washington Tucker Institute, post-graduate extended programs
- Ohio State University, mini residency in prosthetics
- University of Minnesota, post-graduate program in aesthetic dentistry
I am a staunch advocate of continuing education, no matter what one’s profession. That is especially true for those in the oral healthcare field, where there are advancements on a seemingly daily basis, in technologies and treatment options.
As a dentist, it is my duty to see to it that my patients receive the most effective care available, and I can only make sure that happens by staying at the forefront of my field. I am continually seeking out education offerings in dental care, honing my skills and increasing my knowledge.
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Academy for Sports Dentistry
- Michigan Dental Association
- Detroit District Dental Society
- Christian Dental Society
- Francis B. Vedder Society
- Delta Sigma Delta, dental fraternity
I am also a staff member at Mcpherson Hospital in Howell.
I have lived my whole life here in Howell, MI, and love our community. When I’m not caring for my patients, you will find me attending charity events and functions. I also am active in my church and go on many mission trips. Golfing, running, and cooking keep me busy, too.
In fact, I enjoy cooking so much that I’ve attended many overseas culinary schools to expand my skills and repertoire, including in Barcelona, Valencia, and the Basque Country in Spain, and throughout France, as well. I also spend much time with my family, including my daughters, Laura and Hannah, and my son Ryan. And my constant companion is my dog, Angel.
Our community has been so good to me, to my family, and to my team. I was born and raised in Howell and after dental school I returned. My parents taught me always to be grateful and appreciative, and seeing how generous they were has inspired me to do the same. I travel throughout the world providing dental care to those who need it most.
Locally, our practice participates in Dentistry from the Heart, which provides free oral healthcare to our community. In the past five years, we have donated over $100,000 in free dental care and treated more than 500 patients!
My family also sponsors a Boy Scout camp for underprivileged youths in Kalkaska, MI, and I am an active sponsor of many charities, including food pantries. I also provide financial grant monies for new facilities for nonprofits.