This practice is dedicated to the people it serves. As a highly skilled orthodontic team, we pledge to make a difference in the lives of others by providing healthy, beautiful smiles. It is our team effort that maximizes the comfort and quality of your orthodontic experience! It is our mission to build a beneficial relationship with our patients founded upon open communication, clear direction and continuous education from the initial visit through the completion of your treatment.
I knew I wanted to give the gift of a beautiful smile to others as it can change a person’s life, just as it changed mine. I love working with people and developing relationships while designing and creating a healthy bite and beautiful smile.
I attended college at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. I completed dental school training at Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1978 and my orthodontic specialty training at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago in 1980. I was an orthodontic consultant for the Public Health Service for Red Lake, Cass Lake and White Earth Indian Reservations in Northern Minnesota until 1981. From 1981-1985, I was an Orthodontic Associate in a multi-office group practice in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We moved to Petoskey in 1985 where I started my own practice.
After practicing for 15 years, I realized that achieving long-term stability and a healthy beautiful smile for my patients, I needed advanced training; which was not offered in most orthodontic residencies. I continued my orthodontic education by taking a two year course in Functional Occlusion in Orthodontics to understand how the jaw joint (TMJ) and the bite need to work in harmony for long term stability and health of the joints. The Roth Williams course in functional occlusion changed my life and changed the level of orthodontic treatment that I could offer to my patients. I now am able to have a health-centered approach in diagnosing and treatment planning.
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