Born July 24, 1954 in Seattle, I moved with my family at the age of eight to Wenatchee, where I spent my formative years. I graduated from high school in Bellevue. I came to Western Washington University thinking that I would play basketball, but it became clear that basketball was not my ticket to fame and fortune. So I turned my attention to academics and majored in biology, intending to apply to dental school.
After graduating from the University of Washington dental school, I moved back to Bellingham to be closer to family and have now been in private practice for more than 35 years. The practice has grown and we now have an associate dentist, Dr. Halee Hyatt, who has been here for the last couple of years.
I have been lucky to find some of the best people in healthcare to work with. I have a large office with many personalities and the environment here is fun, infectious, and invigorating. Each of our team members is dedicated to producing an exceptional dental experience to patients and other team members. Our goal is always to educate and motivate, and that applies to anyone who comes through our doors. I love to create an experience that leads to what I call “exit satisfaction,” and that applies to both staff and patients. We want all to return with a smile.
My wife Lori comes from three generations of county relatives. We have three grown children combined: Kristi, Krista, and Anna, all of whom are Sehome High School graduates. We are cat people and have three, one of whom (Milo) is almost 20 years old!
I am an avid golfer and cyclist. I like to think that I am competitive in both endeavors, but I realize that age is catching up to me and I am adjusting my expectations. I complete several 100-mile rides each season and play in a number of golf tournaments around the area. I am also an avid gardener. I love to play in fresh dirt and see the fruits of my labors growing all around me.
People ask me all the time when I plan on retiring. The answer is that coming to work, to me, is like a hobby. This is my fun place and I would miss it too much to leave it. So I am planning to be a practicing dentist for a long time to come. I enjoy the people, the challenges, and the feeling of making a difference in people’s lives. I am honored to hear folks say that I am their dentist and plan on being that dentist for many years to come.