I was born and raised in Gadsden Alabama, and attended Gadsden High School. Then I attended Auburn University where I graduated with honors in Chemistry, but more importantly, met my future wife, Rita. I didn't really want to be a chemist, but a dentist, ever since the fourth grade…chemistry was just on the path to getting there. So after Auburn (War Eagle!) I attended The University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham, finally got married in 1978 and graduated in 1979.
I started my dental practice in Rita's hometown of Montgomery in the summer of 1979, and have been here ever since. Rita and I have raised three beautiful daughters and now have corresponding son-in-laws and three grandchildren.
I've always tried to be involved in the community, but more in a shadowy kind of way. Our main focus has been our church, but I have served on the boards of Agape, an adoption and foster care agency, and Alabama Christian Academy for many years. Our girls were all heavily involved in sports, so that occupied a great deal of our time as they were growing up. Those were great times!
Professionally, I love being a dentist. I know a lot of people think it's kind of gross to look in people's mouths all day. But it's a lot more than that. It is improving someone's quality of life by relieving pain when needed; it is teaching good oral hygiene, which in turn helps keep the whole body healthy; it is restoring function to a broken mouth by replacing missing teeth; and it is giving people new smiles. That is probably my favorite because it can change someone's whole outlook on life. It's an absolute joy to see someone's personality blossom when they are no longer embarrassed about their ugly teeth or painful mouth. That always makes my day.
Dentistry has really changed through the years. But a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education every year helps me to keep current on all of the advances that are being made. New materials and techniques have made dentistry so much better and a lot more pain free.
I believe I have the best patients and the greatest staff in the world, and that makes my job a pleasure every day. I wouldn’t do anything else.
Finally, I certainly don’t know everything about anything, but I will have an opinion if you press me.
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