As a youngster, I was seen by a dentist who was able to make me feel comfortable within the dental environment. Experiencing his kindness and friendliness led me to want to pursue a profession in dentistry.
Being a pediatric dentist is about effectively, comfortably, and safely monitoring and managing the child’s dental health. My team and I spend a great deal of time teaching kids and their parents how to best maintain their oral health, so they can enjoy a lifetime of well-functioning, healthy, and happy smiles.
It is so rewarding to spend my days with children: getting to know them on a personal level and watching them grow from infants/young children into their teens and beyond. I enjoy sharing in their experiences, cheering for their accomplishments, and providing a supportive dental home.
Education, Experience, and Professional Activities
I grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois for my Bachelor of Science. I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois-Chicago. After having served two years as a dentist in the U.S. Army, I returned to UIC and entered its pediatric dentistry residency program. Upon completing my certification I opened Palatine Pediatric Dentistry.
Until recently, I taught part-time in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. I was an assistant professor and attending pediatric dentist at the UIC Hospital, where I helped to train others as pediatric dentists.
Throughout my years of practice, I have constantly sought to remain at the forefront of advances within the specialty. I have lectured on aspects of the specialty locally, nationally, and internationally. With ongoing continuing education, I feel confident that I am offering the best, most up-to-date, effective, and safest pediatric dental care.
I am board certified by the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. I am also a member of the following:
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists
- American Dental Association
- Illinois State Dental Society
- Chicago Dental Society
Through these organizations, I am able to learn from the leading dentists, physicians, and researchers.
Outside the Office
My family and I have lived in Arlington Heights for many years. Susan, my wife, and I have two daughters, Amanda and Jill, both of whom are out on their own.
When I’m not treating patients, I love seeing family and friends. I enjoy tennis, photography, and traveling. I spend a lot of time hoping that the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears enjoy successful seasons.
I hope that I am a help to those I see, and they understand I do my best to make them comfortable during their visits. I want them and their families to know that their health, well-being, and best interests are my motivation and goal.