Why I Love Being an Orthodontist
I love seeing the transition of patients who come into our practice as children and leave as confident young adults with radiant smiles. Equally rewarding are my adult patients, who have always dreamed of straight teeth and a beautiful smile, but for some reason have delayed seeking orthodontic treatment. When I am able to craft not just excellent oral health but a perfect smile for a parent or a retiree, and I see the joy in the person’s eyes when he or she is finally able to smile without embarrassment, I feel fulfilled.
I am particularly proud of the international character of our practice. We see patients who come from all over the world to study and teach at Dartmouth; and learning to communicate with each of them, while developing friendships in the process, makes me smile. My team feels the same way: We enjoy and respect those we care for, and thrive on the daily interactions we have with them. No two days are the same here, which makes work challenging and interesting.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and then my Doctorate of Dental Medicine with honors from the same institution. During my time there, I was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honorary Dental Society and received the Matthew H. Cryer Society Award in Oral Medicine. My educational focus shifted to orthodontics, and I went to St. Louis University, where I was awarded my Master of Science in Dentistry in Orthodontics.
Further education has included certification in Nasoalveolar Molding for cleft lip/cleft palate infants at New York University. I also became a certified Invisalign® Gold Plus Provider by practicing above the 95th percentile in clinical experience in North America with clear aligners. I also certified in periodontally assisted accelerated orthodontics (Wilckodontics®), which cuts treatment time by half for most patients.
Each year, my staff and I spend dozens of hours pursuing continuing education and attending scientific meetings in order to keep up with the latest orthodontic research and procedures. There continue to be so many improvements in early treatment, treatment timing, and appliances. Only by staying abreast with these changes can we improve the experience for our patients with shorter, gentler treatments, and fewer extractions; and meet the goal of finishing treatment for our younger patients before they enter high school.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Northeastern Society of Orthodontists
- New Hampshire Association of Orthodontists
- Vermont Association of Orthodontists, past president
- Dartmouth Medical School, instructor in surgery (orthodontics)
- Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD), craniofacial anomalies team
- Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, affiliated medical consulting staff, Department of Surgery
Outside the Office
My wife Noel served three terms in the Vermont Legislature. She is our Office Manager. We have lived in the Upper Valley since 1970. We love to travel to the Southwest, to visit archaeological sites and study Native American history and art. Architecture and Historic preservation have been long-term interests of mine. I like fly fishing at the Meccawe Trout Club, and am also an eager reader. I enjoy electric and classic cars and antique model trains.