Born and raised in Toronto, I began my early education at Forest Hill Collegiate – I still stay in touch with classmates from those high school years. Graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of science degree (1974) before applying to Dental School at the University of Toronto and Western University. Western had provided early acceptance but the U of T came through and my preference was to study dental school at home so I began my dental studies in 1974 at the U of T; a wonderful dental school in the heart of Toronto with a very respectful history. Our class of 125 students was one of the first to be interviewed by a dental review board prior to granting acceptance into their program.
After four more solid, busy, and hectic years of study, I graduated in 1978; Toronto was growing exponentially but I was ready for a change. Some of my classmates headed west to follow the oil boom. I selected Ottawa on whim! I associated in two offices prior to establishing my own practice in the downtown core of Ottawa. I’ve been at my present location (#1460 – 220 Laurier Avenue West) for over 23 years and have watched Ottawa grow from a small town of 250,000 people to a booming metropolis of over one million people. Ottawa is a wonderful place to practice dentistry – the health I.Q. is high as is the value for overall health. This accurately fits in and coincides, parallels my mode of practice.
I love the natural environment surrounding the core of Ottawa and have experienced the multitude of activities associated with this. Be it cross country skiing in the Gatineau Park, skating the Rideau Canal, downhill skiing within an hours drive. Mountain biking, cycling along the river routes, kayaking and canoeing the rivers and lakes: played squash at the O.A.C. for a number of years and dabbled in tennis as well. Don’t forget regular golfing at Camelot Golf and Country Club – I was one of its first 150 members when established in July 1991! (I only wish my golf handicap reflected the amount of time I’ve spent on the links!)
Travelling is on of my ardent passions and I love to visit distant places “unknown”, the Galapagos Islands were a highlight fro me and my family just over four years ago. I’ve touched down in China, South America (visiting Lima and machu picchu mountains (1982), Australia (three times), South Africa, and endless Caribbean Island visits. Give me an excuse to try something new and I’m there!
Hobbies of mine include guitar lessons. I really enjoy singing and playing (at quite an elementary level, but a fan none-the-less). A number of physical activities help to keep me fit and de-stressed – walking my rescue-pup “RUFUS” is a routine pleasure (as long as he co-operates!) My wife and daughter are the most important people in my life: they help care for our puppy dog RUFUS an mid-aged pussy cat PEPPY! And take excellent care of myself and my needs and concerns. I couldn’t be where I am today without their help an concern. THANKS.
Running a practice for over 38 years, in a balanced fashion has help me achieve all these past times and endeavours. What I’ve learned from my patients and staff over the years is immeasurable and invaluable.