You may not believe it, but I actually planned to
be a dentist when I was 13 years old! In fact, I sent away for
admission requirements to the American Dental Association at
that time, and wrote an essay for my junior high English class
"On Becoming an Oral Surgeon" long before I
ever knew a scaler from a tooth brush. Strange you say? I call
it fortuitous!! It created amazing momentum and focus for me,
and once decided, I never looked back or questioned my choice.
Before I knew it, I graduated from the
University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 1972
and went on to serve 3 years with the U.S. Army Dental Corps.
in Aschaffenburg, Germany. After my discharge, my wife, two children
and I drove all over the United States and Canada in our Dodge
motorhome for a whole year, winding our way back to beloved California.
The trip west was an outstanding experience, giving us a chance
to see and visit with so many friends and family all over the
country. We knew that this was our last chance to take it all
in, because the next five years or more would be devoted to starting
Locating our first office was another amazing
experience. Whenever I thought of where I wanted to practice,
I felt tremendous yearnings for Marin County. However, when I
asked anyone who should know, I was advised against it. My banker,
my financial advisor, my old professors and finally my future
landlord, all told me that Marin had too many dentists already
and "shouldn't I look somewhere else?". Not being one
who is timid about challenges, I told them all that Marin felt
right, and especially this little office across the street from
the College of Marin, because it was the ONLY space available
from Santa Rosa to Sausalito that had good KSAN reception (my
favorite rock & blues FM station).
Feeling totally confident, we opened our office
with no clientele, publishing hours on our business cards, "open
Noon til Nine pm". Our carpet layer turned out to
be our first patient and we were off and running. Apparently,
I was the first dentist in Marin to feature music on headphones,
nitrous oxide, wine in the reception area, Saturday hours and
a pretty laid back environment. The office was all done in redwood,
with wine cork curtains strung on monofilament and a silk canopy
weaving, hung from the fluorescent lights. Fortunately, we weren't
busted as some sort of opium den!
Although our current private office door still
sports the etched glass "Bar and Drill" logo, coined while
serving wine to our patients as they perused our Music Menu, much has changed in our Corte Madera Town Center
offices. First of all, juice, tea and coffee has replaced the
white wine! However the greatest changes have occurred in our
technology. The past 20-30 years have seen an explosion in new materials,
instruments and techniques which is fueling a revolution in dentistry.
This past decade, we've added intra-oral video cameras, lasers,
digital x-rays, non-metallic alternatives for exquisite cosmetic
techniques, implants, shot-less/painless air-abrasion restorations,
synthetic bone grafting
and much, much more. These enhancements are allowing us to communicate,
educate and achieve far superior results for our patients than
Of notable interest, since we 1st opened in 1976, our practice has attracted national recognition from the
media with articles in numerous publications including Newsweek
Magazine. We were also written up by San Francisco's legendary
columnist Herb Caen, and have been featured on broadcast
television's "Evening Magazine" and "P.M.
Magazine" for our unique approach to patient management
and implant dentistry. In 1984, we were chosen and published
in the Journal of the California Dental Association as one of
the "Outstanding Dental Practices of California".
And all the while our miraculous practice was evolving,
we managed to raise three beautiful kids.....Rebecca (a dentist),
Joshua (a professional jazz saxophonist), and Zachary (an 11
year old "MBA"). In between breaths, we've dabbled
with blues guitar, fly fishing and never-ending home remodeling.
Our lives are full and we are very grateful for the opportunities
we have been given in this exquisite County.
I want to personally thank you for visiting
our website! We are fully committed
to the highest standards of preventive, cosmetic and rehabilitative
dentistry possible. Our emphasis is on gentle,
yet thorough care for discriminating adults. Our
primary goal is to keep your mouth disease free
and make your visits inviting and fun (yes fun)! If you have
found dentistry difficult or inconsistent in the past, we invite
you to visit our office and experience our relaxed, non-traditional
approach for happy patients and healthy teeth!
"If your smile is not becoming to you,
you should be coming to me!"