Being a dentist means the world to me; after my family, it is my greatest passion. It is my goal each and every day to provide my patients with the kind of care I would want for myself.
I am a graduate of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. I continued on the UMKC School of Dentistry and have been practicing dentistry in Blue Springs since 2004. My participation in the Spears Study Club allows me to advance my knowledge and training in the most proven innovations in modern dentistry.
- American Dental Association
- Missouri Dental Association
- American Academy of General Dentistry
- Greater Kansas City Dental Society
Outside the Office
I am a Midwestern native who grew up in Southeastern Missouri. Some of my earliest memories are of me spending time with my father inside the health practice where he worked. I think that early exposure is ultimately what led me to choose my career in dentistry. However, if you had asked me back then, I would have told you I wanted to be a Major League Baseball player when I grew up! I lived and breathed baseball all the way until I graduated from high school. When to my surprise, the Royals didn’t come knocking down my door begging me to pitch for them, I decided to join the Marine Corps. I was based internationally, and the adventure and exploration it afforded me was priceless. I served for six years in places including Russia, Germany, and Barbados before returning to Missouri to pursue dentistry.
Meeting my wife Nikki was nothing short of fate. I had recently acquired my practice and was spending a lot of time at various dental functions. It was at one of these functions that I first met Nikki. I still remember the first time I saw her. I remember thinking how stunningly beautiful she was and how just her presence seemed to brighten the room. I began to attend more and more functions with the hope that I would see her again. Our paths and stories were so similar and had brought us to the exact same place. It wasn’t long before I worked up the nerve to ask her to dinner, and before long we fell in love. Now here we are today, sharing the same vision and philosophy toward life, both inside and outside the office. It is such a blessing to be able to share so much with my wife. Like I said, it had to be fate.
The wellbeing and happiness of my family is the most important thing to me. We love to do anything outdoors, especially when it involves the water. We love fishing, boating, or just relaxing on the lake. My strong connection to family values are why I enjoy dentistry so much. It allows me to be a family man. Not just through serving my patients and their families, but through being able to share my career with Nikki and be there for my family as well.
In itself, dentistry is a rewarding practice because it really allows me the opportunity to improve people’s lives in a substantial and quantifiable way. I get to play a part in the wholeness of families’ lives. I get to help improve my patients’ confidence and wellness, which they take with them through the rest of their day, and ultimately their lives.