“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our philosophy of orthodontics can be summed up by: Art - Smiles are not one size fits all. Orthodontics must be personalized to fit a patient's needs, facial structure and character. Experience - Over 30 years in dentistry. Science - I rely heavily on art and experience but I consider the bedrock of my orthodontic practice to be evidence-based care.
I grew up in the small north Missouri town of Macon and attended the
University of Missouri on a National Merit Scholarship. I gained early
acceptance to dental school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and
after graduation attended a hospital based General Practice Residency at
Offutt Air Force Base. This broadened my experience greatly in medicine,
inpatient hospital care, operating room technique, general anesthesia, surgery,
IV sedation and all dental specialty areas. This was great preparation for my
20 -year career in the Air Force and a Desert Storm deployment. After 10 years
of general dentistry practice, I was selected by the Air Force to receive
orthodontic residency training and was accepted to the program at The Ohio
This was a 3-year post-doctoral masters degree program and I published research on assessing patients for orthodontic treatment need. In addition to routine orthodontic treatment, the Ohio State program had an excellent orthognathic surgery program and rotations with the renowned Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders. I graduated from Ohio State in 2000 and was posted to the Air Force medical center at RAF Lakenheath in England which included an active cleft palate team and orthognathic surgery team. I also treated patients at US Navy London. Post September 11th, I deployed as the field hospital commander in Qatar during Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning to the States, I finished my career in a teaching position as Chief of Orthodontics at the USAF Academy and retired as a Colonel in 2007.
I continue to teach at the postgraduate dental residency programs at USAFA and Ft Carson. I succeeded the finest orthodontist in town, Dr. Bill Shaner, and became the 3rd proprietor of the oldest orthodontic practice in Colorado Springs, continuing a tradition of excellence that started in 1946. In addition to routine orthodontic care, we take great pride in serving Fort Carson collaborating on orthognathic surgery patients for facial malformations, sleep apnea, trauma and degenerative joint diseases. On Thursdays, I serve as the orthodontist for the Cleft Palate Team Children's Hospital Colorado. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. In my free time I like to hunt, fish, ski, putter around on a John Deere and in general enjoy the Colorado outdoors. My oldest son Ben is a botanist for Colorado State, next in line Christof, is in an Occupational Therapist at Penrose Hospital and Tim is an engineer at Colorado School of Mines. My lovely wife Wendy and I live in the peaceful Black Forest.
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