I grew up in a small town in upstate New York (really upstate, as in 13 miles from the nearest Canadian village!) I am the younger of two children, both of whom became dentists (my brother is now retired from an oral surgery practice). I graduated from high school in 1962 and attended Cornell University for two years before transferring to the University of Buffalo, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.
I was accepted to Dental School in Buffalo in 1967 and received my DDS in 1971. My interest in pediatrics bloomed while a dental student, and I applied to hospital internships prior to my graduation in 1971. I spent the next two years as a dental resident at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, from which I received my certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 1973.
Having decided early on that I wanted to live and practice in the Boston area, I moved to Brockton in the summer of 1973 and started my practice that August. In addition to practicing full time in my office, I taught one day a week in the Floating Hospital in Boston (associated with Tufts Dental School); this allowed me to share ideas with other pediatric dentists, as I was practicing solo in my office, and I did this for the first three years that I was here. I then opened a one day a week satellite office in Taunton, where I still practice on Thursdays.
I am married, with four children and three grandchildren. When I started on this journey, I tell people that I related better to kids than to older patients — after all, I had been three years old, but never seventy or eighty, and found it difficult to relate professionally to people who were twice or three times my age!
My objective when I started private practice was to make the dental experience a pleasant one; that seeing wee ones initially at a very early age and establishing good oral habits so that going to the dentist was something to look forward to, not the nightmare that many of my generation remember. Dentistry has changed dramatically since my first day as a student in 1967. I am proud that I have been a part of that transition, and that my practice has made a small contribution to that end. We are here to serve, and will continue to do whatever we can to make your child’s dental experience a pleasant one.