My greatest passion in dentistry is to help my patients keep their teeth for life. Whether I’m helping them prevent future dental problems or solving their current ones, I get great satisfaction from seeing them leave our office with a smile.
My original interest in becoming a dentist came at an early age after seeing the excellent treatment my father did in his work. That interest stuck with me through high school and college, and I realized that helping people through dentistry was really my calling. I cannot imagine doing any other job, and being able to work with my dad is the icing on the cake! The experience of working with him has been invaluable.
Education and Continuing Education
- St. Thomas Academy – 1997
- Bachelor of Arts – Northwestern University, 2001
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Creighton University School of Dentistry, 2006
My patients deserve the best treatment that dentistry has to offer. Continuing education allows me to keep my knowledge and skills current and on the cutting edge. Since earning my doctorate, I have taken extensive continuing education courses with a concentration on restorative and implant dentistry.
- American Dental Association
- Minnesota Dental Association
- St. Paul District Dental Society
- St. Paul District Dental Society Speaker’s Bureau
- Great Lakes Implant Institute
Outside the Office
I am a Mendota Heights native, and live here with my wife, Jaci (Butala), and our fraternal twin daughters, Georgia and Mollie. Both Jaci and I are from the Twin Cities, so we are fortunate to have lots of family members and friends this area.
Most of my time away from work is spent with my family. I love to be outdoors, even if it’s just doing yard work. I love to travel when I get the opportunity. I have been to Trinidad and Tobago numerous times since I was a child because I have family there. It has been a thrill for me to be able to bring my wife and children there now.
In the Community
Being active in my community is important to me because it gives me the chance to get out and do something good for people outside of my office. I get to meet new people and feel like I’m doing something productive. I am a member of the Creighton University Twin Cities Alumni Board and volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission.