I am passionate about trying to help people improve their quality of life through the services I offer.
I truly enjoy listening to people and helping them solve problems to better their health. I strive to get to know my patient and establish a rapport before starting work. Learning their concerns is the first step, and that begins with talking with them on a respectful basis. I enjoy discovering an individual’s goals, wants, and needs, developing a comprehensive treatment plan for them, and seeing it through to completion.
Everyone should be empowered to understand all of their issues before making treatment decisions that may affect them on many levels: function, medical, aesthetic, financial, social, and psychological. A person must understand the implications of their decisions, and I enjoy watching individuals gain an accurate comprehension of their issues: we move from a doctor-patient relationship to being co-members on a team, striving for the same goal.
Being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is my life. It is not a job; it is a lifestyle, and as such goes with me everywhere. My work affords me an avenue to try to improve others’ lives in my own way and, in so doing, to improve my community.
From my staff to my patients, I give much but know I receive more.
- Bachelor of Science in biology – Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, 1987
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine, summa cum laude – University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia, 1990
- Doctorate in Medicine (MD) – Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1993
- Training certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery – Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1996
- American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery certified fellowship – Institute of Facial and Cosmetic Surgery, Salt Lake City, 1997
- Locum Tenens in oral and maxillofacial surgery – Glan Clwydd Hospital, Rhyl, Wales, UK, 1997
After completing dental school, I was accepted into the oral and maxillofacial surgery training program at the Massachusetts General Hospital: the birthplace of modern surgery training, as well as surgical and dental general anesthesia.
This is an intense six-year program that included graduation from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and completion of two years of general surgery training. This was followed by six months of anesthesia training and craniofacial surgery training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
I completed the program in 1996 and was accepted for further clinical fellowship training at the Institute of Facial and Cosmetic Surgery in Salt Lake City. There, I was trained by aesthetically minded plastic, facial plastic, facial cosmetic, and laser dermatologic surgeons.
My training concluded at the Glen Clwydd Hospital in Wales in 1997 before I entered into private practice later that year.
The world and technology are constantly changing, and it is imperative to stay abreast of those developments. At Central Wisconsin Oral and Facial Surgery, we are acutely aware of this and feel our ongoing pursuit of continuing education is a cornerstone of our ability to deliver world-class care with a local touch.
I am a founder and co-leader of the Spear Education, Central Wisconsin Study Club. I also complete a range of continuing medical and dental education courses locally, regionally, and nationally in order to stay current on the latest research and advancements.
- American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, fellow
- American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, board certified and Diplomate
- Wisconsin Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Plain Grove, Pennsylvania, on a dirt road in the middle of a cornfield, and have lived in Wausau with my family since 2005.
My wife Celine and I have been married for more than 25 years. We met at Adelphi University in 1985, graduated the same day in 1987, and were married in 1990, on the eve of the start of my internship.
While I was in dental school, Celine received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from West Chester University and worked at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Then she served as the director of the Undergraduate Wellness Center at Boston University and completed her Doctorate in developmental and sports psychology at Boston University.
Celine has worked at the University of Utah Wellness Department, and the University of Denver as the sport psychologist for the nationally ranked women’s gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, and downhill skiing teams. She also created their master’s program in sport psychology. She has been a professor of psychology at Newberry College in Boston, University of Denver, and the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County; and associate professor in health promotion/human wellness at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
In 2013, Celine open Croi Croga Studio for yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and fitness in Wausau. In 2018, she expanded Croi Croga to Stevens Point and offers aerial yoga at that location.
Celine and I have three children: Nicholas, a freshman at American University in Washington, DC, is majoring in international studies. Shaye is a junior at East High School and hopes to further her studies in New York City. Holley is at Horace Mann Middle School and is waiting for the world to catch up to her! We also have two dogs and a very strange cat.
We enjoy traveling the world, because we believe exploration is the best educator, and have tried to take our family on many trips. Closer to home, my girls are excellent piano players at the Wausau Conservatory of Music, and my son and I enjoy checking out the sights in DC and discussing world politics.
I also regularly visit South Carolina, much of the time near the ocean where I contemplate facial development, grains of sand, and pelicans.