Why pediatric dentistry? “Kids Say the Darndest Things” was a popular TV show that applies to us every day. Watching kids respond, grow, and gain trust in a strange environment while helping them to achieve oral health is a good gig.
As a specialist, I provide primary and specialty care every day. Monitoring growth and intercepting anomalies is one of our challenges. While many children are chatty, comfortable, and offer up the family secrets, others need a lot of “TLC,” which is where our staff shines. Having all the options to help children stay focused — from a simple joke to sedation, or general anesthesia — is a benefit of our training.
Our group practice affords us the opportunity to draw from the strengths and experience of our partners and staff to provide truly exceptional care for our patients. Having a strong, long-lasting and dedicated administrative and clinical staff allows us to focus on the clinical needs of our patients.
Education and Experience
With a BS from Ohio Wesleyan University, I graduated from the College of Dentistry at Ohio State University in 1976. The US Navy rounded my general dentistry clinical experience by giving me the opportunity to work with specialists for two years in Norfork, VA. I found my desire to specialize in pediatric dentistry when I worked exclusively with children in Spain. With six years of general dentistry under my belt, my two-year residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Michigan in 1984 completed my formal education.
Following several assignments and board certification in 1992, I chaired the department of pediatric dentistry at the Naval Dental School. Teaching residents was very challenging and rewarding. While there, I was also the specialty leader for pediatric dentistry to the Surgeon General for the US Navy.
From there, we moved to Vermont and joined Timberlane Dental Group. I have the joys of group practice and still get to work with dental residents at the UVM. And I still get to return to the Naval Dental School to lecture for the CE courses.
I have had the pleasure of working in organized dentistry in a couple roles. On the clinical affairs committee, I helped write clinical policy and guidelines for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. After that, I joined the oral examination committee to write and administer the oral boards for candidates seeking board certification in pediatric dentistry. Both committees are great learning experiences.
Some boring (but relevant) details include membership in the Vermont State Dental Society, American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. We, the pediatric dentists, are on staff at the UVM Medical Center. I chair the fluoridation subcommittee for the Vermont Oral Health Coalition, where we work to promote the benefits of water fluoridation.
Outside the Office
My wife Carol and I have four grown children; but not to brag, we now get to play with seven grandchildren. Being spread across the globe, new technologies are a big benefit for keeping in touch. For the older ones, we look forward to grandma/grandpa week. The older ones are learning to fish and ski, which are my passions. Enjoying the generous outdoor activities that Vermont has to offer is our motto.