I was born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin and lived there until 5 years of age when my parents moved to Ormond Beach, FL. I graduated from Seabreeze High School (home of the “Fighting Sandcrabs”) in Daytona Beach, FL in 1985 summa cum laude. After high school graduation I attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where I received my B.S. degree in Biololgy. I attended dental school at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and graduated in 1993 first in my class. While in dental school I received several awards such as the best clinical dental student, the Kramer Award for having the highest GPA and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. I then went on to complete my orthodontic residency at the University of Iowa where I received my certificate in orthodontics and a M.S. degree in 1995. Immediately after completing my orthodontic residency I joined Coastal Carolina Orthodontics in June of 1995. I became board certified by the American Board of Orhodontics in 2010; a distinction held by less than 30% of practicing orthodontists.
I married my wife Amy, from Warsaw, Indiana, in 1990 and we have two teenage sons, Luke and Mark. Since moving to Jacksonville I have been extremely involved in the community through active participation in many civic organizations and boards such as the Jacksonville Rotary Club, Onslow County Health Department, Onslow Caring Communities Foundation, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and First Citizens Bank. I was extremely surprised and humbled to be the recipient of the 2014 Small Business Person of the year! In addition, I always have been very active at First Baptist Church serving as a deacon, chairman of many commitees, and being both a team member and leader of several dental mission trips to Honduras.
I also stay very active within several professional organizations. I am a Past President of the Onslow County Dental Society and the North Carolina Association of Orthodontists. I am currently the only North Carolina Constituent to the Southern Association of Orthodontists which represents orthodontists from 11 southeastern states.
My hobbies include fishing, traveling, and doing anything with my family. I am also an avid sports fan with my favorite professional teams being the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Dodgers. As far as college teams, I always pull for my alma mater Baylor Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes.