I was born in Minneapolis in the middle of winter. I do like the cold weather much more than the heat. Probably more to do with my Scandinavian heritage than my birth place. I moved around a lot as a kid. We lived in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and then Chicago. I have just one younger brother. He says I was mean to him as kids but I think his memories of this time are slightly off…
Lot’s of people want to know about schooling. I went to high school in Barrington, IL, a NW suburb of Chicago. I then got my Undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma. While there I played rugby for the college club team up until the time that I broke my wrist during my junior year. I actually did my dental school application with my right hand in a cast. They suggested I either chose rugby or dentistry, but not both. They said 1 handed dentists didn’t do too well. Thus, my rugby career ended.
My DDS degree was earned at Baylor Dental School in Dallas. This is where Dr. Berlin and first met. Though we did manage to have some fun here and there, those were 4 tough years of school. For a while, I thought I wanted to be an endodontist which is a dentist who just does root canals. I remember my first ever root canal. As it turns out, that root canal was done on a beautiful young lady named Diane that I ended up marrying soon after graduating. We’ve now been married for 27 years and have 3 grown kids, 2 wonderful son-in-laws, and the sweetest granddaughter ever!
After dental school, we got married and moved to Salem, OR where I joined a group dental practice of 3 well established and experienced dentists. I practiced there for 6 years and learned a ton.
Things didn’t go as originally promised there so I packed up my family and moved back to Chicago where I took over a small practice on the North Shore. It was fun being back in the Windy City but this practice was small and also not suited for me.
In 2000, I made the move back to Texas and joined another friend from dental school in a busy and growing practice. I worked with him for 5 years as an associate until I got the chance to partner with my buddy Dr. Berlin up in McKinney. I jumped at that chance and we’ve had a great time working together since then! Our group of 4 docs get along great! We all love sports and have similar professional goals and practice philosophies.
As far as my life outside of dentistry, I am a partner in a CrossFit gym in Plano called CrossFit Alpha 1 Athlete. My whole family works out there and we have a great gym community. Any day you see me at work, I will have already been to the gym for my daily workout. That’s what gets me started each day! I also love to hike and ski and eat! Many a conversation with patients end up venturing into various foods or recipes. I mostly eat very healthy but I do love the occasional ice cream treat!
I’ve always been very good at fixing things. Figuring out what the specific problem is, determining the best way to fix it, and then making things work again. That’s really what I do every day for my patients. Over the many years that I’ve been practicing dentistry, I’ve been fortunate to learn from many great dental clinicians and trainers. Most of my focus has been in the area of Dental Implants and tissue augmentation and regeneration. These procedures allow me to help patients regain lost teeth, gum tissue, and bone that they’ve lost due to dental disease or trauma. Combining these techniques with all of the other procedures I’ve mastered allows me to help my patients with almost any dental problem they may incur. It’s very rewarding to help people get out of pain or to help them regain confidence by restoring their smile and ability to chew properly. Modern technology continues to improve what we can do for our patients and at McKinneydentist.com we work to stay on the cutting edge of that front.
That’s a little glimpse into my background and how I came to be 1 of 4 lucky guys at MckinneyDentist.com. I hope to be able to meet you sometime soon.