The orthodontic profession is one of the most rewarding careers a person could have. The act of creating a beautiful, functional smile, and seeing how that affects a person’s well-being, is deeply satisfying.
As an orthodontist, I enjoy the process of evaluating, planning, and seeing a patient’s smile develop as treatment progresses. Each person changes and grows throughout the process, as they gain confidence in and comfort with their appearance. From visit-to-visit, whether a child, teen, or adult, my team and I see people acting and looking happier. When they begin to smile – and laugh – without hiding their teeth, we’re all grinning with them!
Seeing a smiling face at the end of treatment, and knowing how that can affect the person’s self-esteem and confidence, is a wonderful feeling.
I feel very fortunate to live and work in the West Georgia area, where I interact with the people I treat both in the office and in the community. As I have practiced in Carrollton since 1986, I have watched many former patients thrive as they begin their careers and start their families. Now, I am privileged to treat the sons and daughters of some of my first patients and reconnect with their parents!
Education and Experience
I chose healthcare because I wanted to do something that directly improved people’s lives, and I wanted the opportunity to get to know my patients, too. Orthodontics has certainly fulfilled those desires and made my career better than I could have ever imagined.
I completed my undergraduate studies at Auburn University in 1981 and obtained my Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) in 1984 at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Next came my orthodontic residency at the University of Kentucky School of Dentistry, which I completed in 1986.
Following my residency, Dr. Bruner invited me to join him in his practice – this practice – and I have been here ever since. His guidance and friendship were instrumental in my development as an orthodontist. When he retired, in 1997, it was bittersweet for both of us!
Professional Affiliations and Continuing Education
I am a member of the:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
- Georgia Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Georgia Dental Association
- Northwest Georgia Dental Society
- West Georgia Dental Study Club
I strive to stay current with all the exciting new technology that makes patients’ treatment more comfortable and convenient. I am constantly attending seminars and webinars to keep up with the ever-changing world of orthodontics, and then incorporate the best advancements into patient care.
In the Community
I love living and working in this wonderful community and like to give back in order to make it a healthier, happier place for all!
- Carrollton First United Methodist Church, Member
- Oak Mountain Academy, Trustee from 1994-2000 and 2002-2008
- Tanner Medical Center, 2007-present, Trustee and Vice-Chair
- Carroll City/County Hospital Authority, 2015-present, Member and Vice-Chair
- Carrollton Community Outreach Center, Founding Member
- Georgia Dental Holding Company, Founding Trustee
- ADA Council on Member Insurance and Retirement Programs, 2002-2006, Trustee, served as Vice-Chair and Chair
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Georgia and South Carolina. My father was in the textile industry and we moved around a lot: I was in 12 different school systems from kindergarten to 12th grade!
Settling in Carrollton, in 1986, and making it my home, has been the most wonderful experience. My wife Lori and I have been married for almost 40 years. We raised our two sons here: our eldest, Daniel, still resides in Carrollton and our younger lives in Birmingham. Both boys are now engaged and we are excited to see our family expand! Lori and I also have three dogs – Max, who’s a rescue, Cooper, who’s a Pomeranian and Dash, an Icelandic Sheepdog - who bring us joy every day.
My favorite pastime, outside of being with family and friends, is working on my farm and driving the tractor. I also dabble in beekeeping and enjoy working in my garden where I’m creating a natural environment for the deer, turkey, and other wildlife.
Lori and I enjoy traveling and continue to explore new-to-us areas every year. When I have down time, I’m an avid reader with an interest in historical and biographical works.