Did you always know that you wanted to be a dentist?
No, I did not always know that I wanted to go into dentistry. First, I thought I wanted to be an engineer. I studied engineering in college and got my bachelor’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering. After working for a few years, I realized that I wanted to work in a healthcare field where I was able to interact directly with patients. I found dentistry, which provided the direct patient interaction I desired while also giving me the ability to work with my hands.
Who do you admire?
My family! Growing up, my parents taught me the benefits of a strong work ethic. They always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I truly would not be where I am today without their encouragement and support.
What do you really enjoy?
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family. My wife, Sydney, and I love to spend time outdoors playing with our dog, Lily, gardening, hiking, playing golf, swimming, and skiing. In the fall, you will find me cheering on the Huskers!
What are you most passionate about professionally?
I am passionate about providing my patients with the best care possible. I strive to create lasting relationships with my patients and to provide them with an atmosphere that is anxiety-free.
Any specific charities you love, & why?
When I was in dental school, I was able to actively volunteer at Clinic with a Heart in Lincoln, NE. This is a free dental clinic that provided dental extractions to patients that could not have afforded care otherwise.
Favorite breakfast food?
Either omelettes or biscuits and gravy. I can’t choose just one!
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I used to always tell my parents that I wanted to be a farmer or a rancher. I even had a plan to live in a covered wagon. I think I watched too many westerns when I was younger.