On Being a Dentist
I have a strong sense of ethics and strive to act with integrity. As a dentist, I get to know each of my patients as a person, listening to what’s important to them. By creating and fostering direct and respectful communication, I earn a person’s trust, and that is my goal. With trust comes the understanding that I am here to help and want them to have the wonderful smile they deserve.
I believe patients should understand their treatment options and be involved in deciding which approach is right for them. By explaining treatments, including the strengths and weaknesses, my patients are able to make informed decisions. In doing so, they begin to take control of and become engaged in their oral health.
I’m particularly excited about my cosmetic cases, and am passionate about making my restorative work look as natural as possible. I am always more critical and picky about such outcomes than my patients. I love achieving natural cosmetic results in difficult cases, and restoring a person’s ability to smile without concern.
Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Arts in biology – St. Olaf College
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
- Dental exchange student – Royal Dental College, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Certificate in the advanced general dental residency – University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
As a dentist, I feel it is my responsibility to have the most up-to-date education and clinical skills, in order to provide my patients with the best possible care. I’m committed to pursuing continuing education throughout the year that far exceeds the minimum set by the state.
I attend courses at the local, state, and national levels, through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the University of Minnesota and participate in the Minnetonka Dental Study Club as well. Areas of particular interest to me include cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, and dental implants.
I am also a former assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnosis.
Outside the Office
I grew up in St. Anthony Village and have called Excelsior my home since 1999. My wife Linda and I married in 1994; we have three young adult children. Blake is a recent graduate of the University of Denver, and will be completing his MSc in clinical neuropsychology at Bangor University in Wales. Ryan and Paige are both students at St. Olaf College. We have two dogs, Sadie and Penny.
Away from work, being with my family is my priority. I also enjoy staying active, whether I’m running, biking, or skiing. Spending time “up north” at the family cabin is always enjoyed, as is reading a good book.