I tell people daily that I believe that I have the best job in the world. The field of orthodontics has given me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them be proud of their smile. I love the creativity and challenge of using my skills and knowledge to solve the constantly changing problems I have the opportunity to correct.
I enjoy it even more at this stage of my career because I have an extremely talented, long-term and loyal staff whom I can depend on to do their best. The young people I have the pleasure of being around have the ability to light up their surroundings with their smile and personality. When adults who have been embarrassed all their lives by their smile tear up when their braces are removed, I know I’ve done my job well.
- Bachelor of Arts in chemistry – Baylor University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Texas
- Master of Science in orthodontics – University of Texas
I have been an adjunct professor at the UNC Department of Orthodontics and taught orthodontic residents there every other Thursday from 1981 until I retired from the university in 2013. Preparing lectures and teaching in the clinic helped me to stay current and comfortable with all the newest technologies. In order to do this, it has been essential to attend continuation courses and keep up with the latest developments in our professional journals.
In the Community
I have been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville since 1973 as well as a former president. I have also been a member of Haymount United Methodist Church for more than 30 years, and chaired the church council, trustees, and stewardship, and have sung in the choir. Using my woodworking skills, I have led a group of men who have built wheelchair ramps for elderly and disabled people.
My wife Brenda has been on the board and chaired Curamericas Global, a non-governmental organization active in Bolivia, Haiti, Liberia, Guatemala, and Sierra Leon. Their focus is improving the health of the people and, in particular, reducing the infant mortality rate. Because of this, I have traveled with her to Liberia and Guatemala for mission trips and have been proud to support this organization.
Outside the Office
I am a resident of Fayetteville with my wife Brenda. We have four grown sons — Steven, Michael, Alan, and Matthew — and eight wonderful grandchildren. I have had many hobbies over the years, but my passion is woodworking. I build furniture and am a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. I also love to travel and take photographs, especially in exotic places like China, the Galapagos, the Amazon rain forest, Machu Picchu, and Africa.