On Being a Dentist
I don’t think I could have been happier in any other profession. As a dentist, my greatest joy is my contact with people and contributing to their health and their confidence in their appearance. I’ve been a practicing dentist for more than 35 years, and am now seeing a 2nd generation of patients from the same families who started with me. What an honor it is that they trust me to care not only for their own dental needs, but those of their children, as well.
I truly cherish the friendships and relationships that have grown between my patients and myself. They feel like an extension of my family and I look forward to their visits as a time to hear the latest news and share stories and laughter.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science, Randolph Macon College
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry (formerly Medical College of Virginia)
Every year I take multiple continuing education courses in oral healthcare. This allows me to learn about new technologies and stay abreast of advancements in the field. Ensuring that my patients have access to the widest range of proven treatment processes and care options is essential: they trust me to provide the best care possible, and continuing education provides that.
- American Dental Association
- Virginia Dental Association
- Delta Dental, Board of Directors
I’ve lived in Salem my entire life, except when I was away at school. My wife’s name is Cherry and I have a daughter, Dr. Wesley Anne, who is married to Dr. Kevin O’Brien. They are both dentists in the practice. Clark is my son, and we also have several beloved pets: Bridget, our dog, and Smokey, our cat. Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my granddaughter Kate and the rest of my family. I also enjoy traveling, fishing, and golfing, and am an avid home cook, too.