I am a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan! I am also the denturist for Gallery Dental Centre. Dentistry was far from my mind when I graduated high school. I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up but I knew that my chances with the Leafs were slim, so I had to decide on a career. I spent 2 years at Briercrest Bible College in Saskatchewan and graduated from the Associate of Arts program. I also met my beautiful wife Tara there (that’s what officially determines graduation from Bible College, or so I’ve heard!). I moved to Winnipeg in 1996 and married Tara on the coldest day of February in 1997.
I was involved with construction for 6 years in Winnipeg, worked on a framing crew for a year and built anything from homes to hog barns. The next 5 years were spent working for a large concrete supply company. I loved operating the big machinery and delivering concrete to different job sites every day! I was planning, though, to go back to school at some point and a friend who was a pediatric dentist, suggested I consider dentistry. I chose the denturist profession. It was a challenging decision because it involved moving my wife and two children to Ontario so I could attend school in Toronto. It was quite possibly the best decision I’ve ever made. In 2005, I graduated from George Brown College with honours. My wife and I also welcomed our third child! Our time spent in Ontario was fantastic, but in 2006 I had the opportunity to move back to Manitoba to take over a rural denturist practice in Altona. This is where life really started to get exciting! It didn’t take much more than nine months and I was already working with Dr. Snidal in his Carman office. Tara and I had our fourth and final child as well.
The denturist practice that I humbly began was expanding into the dental office. It was amazing to associate with dentists and together create treatment plans that would be very complicated to refer back and forth. It was a natural fit. Our association together has only brought more comprehensive dental care to our patients.
Not much has changed in the fabrication of dentures over the years. Materials and equipment have improved, but the method remains the same. I am confident in providing conventional dentures and partial dentures, but I have a strong interest in dental implants and try to stay current with new technology and procedures for making dentures better. I have spent many hours researching, studying and attending seminars on different implant systems. I find it fascinating to learn but it is fulfilling to implement what I learn. I am also providing dental appliances to help treat sleep disorder breathing (attention: If your spouse snores, these devices will reduce if not completely eliminate snoring!).
By the way, I make mouth guards too. Maybe one day the Leafs will need my services!!!