I placed my first implant in 1985 after 2 or 3 days training in Jerry Niznick's LA office. I enjoyed 2 years of implant dentistry as an associate dentist in Chicago before purchasing a practice in a "Green Acres" move to a pleasant one stoplight town in Michigan. The move was great for many reasons but implant dentistry was not one of them. Cases were infrequent and eventually I gravitated to just doing the prosthetics on the few cases the rural economy provided, but I continued growing in other areas of surgery that insurance covered like perio, soft and occasional hard tissue grafting, and impactions. As more patients are now accepting implants, I started soaking up CE and placing them again, realizing how much I missed it. It definitely has the juices flowing! I cannot express enough thanks for the immense amount of time and good-spirited, diligent teaching ethic poured out by the mentors and contributing members of DDSM. As an outdoorsman, I can only say I have never enjoyed sitting in front of a computer so much!
- DDS, University of Illinois, 1983
- BSN, RN, University of Illinois, 1979