My journey to become an orthodontist started at a very early age. I was taken to an orthodontist for an evaluation and after peering into my mouth, he delivered what I thought was devastating news: Class Three Malocclusion with Moderate Crowding. With this diagnosis and treatment plan of 2-3 years of braces and orthognathic (jaw) surgery, I was overwhelmed, but the experience I was about to embark on shaped my future. Through my experience in braces, my passion and interest grew for orthodontics and the thought that I could help people achieve the same result of a smile that gave me confidence and joy.
After graduating from Central High School in 1999, I attended UW-La Crosse and graduated in 2004. Following undergraduate school, I attended the University of Kentucky where I received my Doctorate of Medical Dentistry in 2008 and Masters of Sciences in Oral Biology and Orthodontic Certificate. Upon graduation in 2011, I accepted a job in Nashville, TN as an Orthodontist at a large practice. After a year and a half, I was able to pursue my dream of practicing in my hometown area by agreeing to join Dr. Jane Bentz at Orthodontic Specialists. After 30 plus years of service in the La Crosse area, Dr. Bentz fully retired at the end of 2013 and now remains in close contact with me in order to ensure the best possible care for all patients.
When not telling jokes with the kids and adults at the office, developing treatment plans for my patients, or researching the latest in Orthodontic techniques, I enjoy spending time with my wife Erin, son Makai, and daughter Janiya. We love to go walking, hiking, and boating together. I also enjoy playing golf, the piano and the guitar.
Dr. Dave is an active member of many leading dental and orthodontic organizations, including: