In 1988 I became an official periodontist having graduated from the residency program here in San Antonio while still on active duty. My first assignment as a periodontist was at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas practicing and teaching in an Advanced Education in General Dentistry
(AEGD) program for newly graduated dental students. This was like the one I attended my first year following Dental School graduation. In 1993 I returned here to San Antonio to become a part of the Air Force Periodontics Residency Program
at Wilford Hall and also to direct the Air Force equivalent to a dental hygiene school.
In 1995 I was given the opportunity to retire after fifteen years of active duty at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to make room for younger captains to join the ranks. It was a family decision to remain here in San Antonio so my two daughters could graduate from high school without having to move one more time for dad’s career. As it turned out they both married their high school sweethearts and I now have two adult sons, two happy daughters, and seven grandchildren out of the deal. I stayed one more year on active duty and retired in 1996. This gave me time to begin to figure out how to enter the world of private practice. My practice began in early 1997 and at the same time, I worked part-time as an associate clinical professor at the dental school.
Around 2007 I changed careers to help launch a new technology company by the name of Voxelogix
known for the NeXsmile procedure. In 2008 we were hit by a huge recession and the investment capital necessary to grow the company dried up. Voxelogix ironically won a prestigious Frost and Sullivan
award for innovation in the field of Oral Surgery just before going bankrupt
having been unable to obtain the needed capital to continue to grow. But all was not lost. From this experience I now practice completely differently using advanced technologies I helped to develop in Voxelogix. This includes the placement of dental implants using 3D-printed
surgical guides designed from a patient’s unique CT scan data.
Around 2011 I was starting back for the second time in private practice. Interestingly, a lot had changed since 1996. Many of the conventional methods of associating with other dentists no longer seemed to work as well thanks to the massive technology changes that fueled the growth and relevance of social media. What has not kept up with change as well has been dental insurance. Out of all of these personal and social changes over the last decade, I have reimagined my own practice of periodontics and written a how-to-floss book, The Joy of Flossing
. You can listen to it for free or buy it on Amazon
as either a soft-bound book or a Kindle download. In 2015 I embarked on laser training. This over one-hundred-twenty-thousand-
dollar investment in education and equipment now enables me to treat active periodontitis in less time, with less postoperative discomfort and less cost compared with conventional surgical techniques.
To sum up. I am an inquisitive guy who is fascinated by the specialty I practice. I also love dentistry, medicine, science, and the humanities, and talk and write about all of them. The reason I do this is because I believe patients need more than technical procedures. They can benefit from good information and encouragement from people they choose to get to know more than just superficially.
Thanks for reading this and wanting to know a little about me. If I can help you in any way, please let me know.