I feel fortunate to have a set of skills that allows me to provide a unique service to those around me. I am passionate about providing a comfortable and compassionate experience for each patient that comes to visit us, regardless of his or her age. I am excited to show patients that modern dental care can be comfortable, beautiful, and affordable.
One of my favorite aspects of dentistry is getting to know such a variety of patients on a daily basis. Learning more about my patients allows me to provide a more tailored experience for them. Nothing makes me feel better than when a patient lets us know how happy he or she is with the care we have provided.
A person’s oral health is an important part of the overall health of the human body. By treating oral conditions early we can have a positive effect on the health of the whole body. Even something as minor as a chipped or discolored tooth can have a major impact on a person’s self-confidence, and when we treat problems such as these, we have a positive impact on the person’s well-being.
Education and Continuing Education
- William Kelley High School in Silver Bay, MN (1996)
- University of Minnesota, Morris Campus; Bachelor of Arts in biology (2000)
- University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry; Doctorate of Dental Surgery (2004)
I participate in a wide variety of continuing education classes offered through our local and state dental associations, and average more than 50 hours of continuing education per year. This allows me to be knowledgeable about the most current restorative materials, techniques, and procedures available, and thus allows me to provide the best possible care for all my patients.
- American Dental Association
- Minnesota Dental Association
- Northeastern District Dental Society (current president)
- Duluth Dental Forum
In the Community
I believe that in order to become fully engaged in your community, you have to be an active participant, not a bystander. Volunteering in the community, serving on boards, being active in professional organizations, and developing a stronger sense of community are all very important to me.
I have been a member of the National Ski Patrol since 2005, to provide palliative care and support to injured skiers and snowboarders at our local ski hills, Spirit Mountain and Chester Bowl. I have been a member of Kiwanis of Friendly Duluth since 2008, and have served on the Duluth Art Institute board of directors since 2011. Being active in my community helps me feel more connected to the community and it gives me an opportunity outside the workplace to bring about change.
Outside the Office
I grew up on the North Shore of Lake Superior, in Little Marais, MN. My family and I live in the heart of Duluth, and have been here since 2004. My wife Kari is a watershed biologist for the Fond du Lac Reservation, in Cloquet. We have two children — our daughter Linnea, and our son Jonas — both of whom have bright red hair! We also have two dogs: Ullr, a Gordon setter, and Baxter, a Pug.
I enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, including downhill skiing, mountain biking, golf, kayaking, hunting, fishing, and camping. As a family, we enjoy playing outside, camping, playing with Legos, and socializing with other families.
A passion my wife and I share is running. We have both completed several marathons and half marathons together. Training for a race is very similar to dentistry in several ways. A patient may come to our office with many complex needs, and after thoroughly working our way through treatment in a systematic way, we can get to the finish line and feel good about the end result.