How has your life been different than what you had imagined?
Growing up the son of a prominent dentist in Brantford, the last thing I wanted was a career in dentistry. I was old enough to know that the comparisons to my dad would be unavoidable for the rest of my life, and I wanted to blaze my own trail.
I wanted to play pro baseball or be a Navy SEAL. But I realized pretty quickly that neither the Jays nor the SEALs were interested in someone like me who was too short, too slow, asthmatic, with bad eyesight, and a poor swimmer.
Now that I am a dentist, I couldn’t be happier. I can’t think of any other profession that gives me the opportunity to apply my passions – building things with my hands, problem solving, and using technology – while at the same time helping people in our community. I get a lot of satisfaction from helping people realize their dental problems are not quite as bad as they thought, and then working with them to find solutions that get them out of pain, allow them to enjoy their favourite foods again, or give them the smile they’ve always wanted.
I still get patients and staff who compare me to my dad, which is something I dreaded growing up. But now I see it as a positive thing. People remember my dad as friendly, caring, and patient – I think those are great qualities for me to strive for! Brantford has always been great to my family, and now I feel the responsibility to carry on my dad’s legacy and continue to give back to our neighbours and our community.