general dentist in suburban St. Louis — self
Explain your career path
After graduating from SEMO in 1979, I went on to dental school at the University of Missouri Kansas City finishing my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1984. Afterwards, I completed a one year General Practice Residency at the Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. I then went to work as an associate for my program director in Webster Groves where I still practice today.
What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?
I was Interdisiplinary Studies major with an emphasis in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
Southeast offered a quality preprofessional studies program close to my hometown of St. Louis at a very reasonable price.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
My greatest influence at Southeast was the late Dr. Norman Braasch. He was a brilliant man. He was the Professor of Zoology and the predental advisor on campus. If you were fortunate enough to have Dr. Braasch write you a letter of recommendation for dental school, you were almost a sure thing. Many a dentist in Missouri owe their professional success in part to Dr. Braasch's mentoring and guidance.
Share your best college memory.
Ordering our Paglia's pizza to Magill Hall on a spring afternoon. Once we started a Biochemistry experiment, it might take several hours to run to completion. At first Paglia's thought it my be a prank but, through the years it was sort of a right of passage for upper class Chemistry students.
If you were in Greek Life, the Honors Program or any other student organization, please tell us about that experience and how it impacted you.
In 2016, I was recognized by the Missouri Dental Association as Dentist of the Year for my volunteer activities on behalf of the dental profession in the state of Missouri.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?
Good study habits, working with faculty to full grasp difficult concepts.
Describe Southeast in three words.
affordable quality education.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
The one mistake I made during my undergraduate studies was that I should have taken more business classes to prepare me to run a dental practice as a small business owner.