Orthodontics is a combination of art and science, used to problem-solve for each individual patient’s needs and goals. It requires experience and knowledge of the complexity of the growing face, jaws, and teeth, with an artist’s vision of what the end result, the smile, and the facial structure will look like.
It’s exciting to see a patient’s treatment plan slowly unfold and their teeth and smile fall into place. It’s especially rewarding to see my patients’ enthusiasm on the day their braces come off and they get to see their new, beautiful smiles for the very first time.
My patients are the reason I’ve gone to work every day for the past 29 years, and I enjoy the time I get to spend with them. I believe orthodontics can be fun, not just for the younger kids, but for teens and adults as well. My team and I teach and encourage our patients to get as much out of their treatments as possible. We all enjoy creating beautiful smiles that have a lasting effect on our patients’ dental health, self-esteem, self-image, and ultimately their future.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science – University of Guelph
- Master of Science – University of Waterloo
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Western Ontario
- Specialty Diploma in Orthodontics – University of Toronto
I feel a responsibility to keep up to date on all aspects of orthodontics so I can provide the best treatment available to my patients while minimizing any discomfort or inconvenience to them as much as possible.
I take numerous continuing education courses every year and have done so my entire career to keep abreast of the latest information and techniques in my specialty. My patients benefit from my commitment to continuing education because, with the best knowledge, I can provide more efficient and effective evidence-based orthodontics. In general, orthodontic treatment times can be reduced and appointments are less frequent, which poses fewer interruptions to my patients’ lives.
I am also involved in educating the next generations of orthodontists. As a part-time faculty member, I teach the SPEED clinic in the Graduate Orthodontic Department of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University.
An important aspect of staying on the cutting edge of orthodontics is being active in the greater orthodontic and dental communities. This gives me a chance to discuss various topics in my field of expertise with other well-trained and educated specialists. I am a member of several professional organizations, including the:
- Ontario Association of Orthodontists, executive board member
- Canadian Association of Orthodontists
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Ontario Dental Association
- Canadian Dental Association
- Royal College of Dentists of Canada
- Toronto Orthodontic Study Club, past president
I am blessed to be able to work with a wonderfully competent, talented, and dedicated staff. My team is made up of an amazing group of well-educated professionals with a service-oriented work ethic. They are committed to patient care and education, and treat our patients the way they would want to be treated. They take time to make sure all questions are answered and keep communication paths open and patients happy with the care they receive.
Outside the Office
I grew up in London and Dorchester, Ontario, and spent my University years in Guelph where I met my wonderful wife, Kathy. Currently we live just outside the city of Guelph in the countryside of the Township of Puslinch. Kathy and I have two children who are both in university and a Golden Retriever named Emmy who loves the water.
When I am not at work, I’m usually at home with my family or at our cottage. My favorite pastimes are sailing, which I enjoy in the summer months, and working in our gardens at home. In the winter I like taking the dogs for hikes in the fields and forests behind our home. I am a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and enjoy flying airplanes, though less often lately. I also belong to the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group and briefly raced motocross in my youth.
In the Community
I am passionate about my profession and my practice, but my wife and I support many charities and environmental causes as well. Having the ability to do so is a privilege; actually doing it is a responsibility to future generations and to the planet. We helped form a province-wide organization that’s been instrumental in influencing provincial government policy with regard to the environment in our area. We’ve always believed in the importance of being involved and helping when you can.