I was born in 1951 in Winnipeg Manitoba the youngest of three children. My father, David and my mother Clara were the first generation Canadians children of European immigrant parents from the late 1800’s. My father was a bookkeeper for a local group of movie theatres, which eventually become associated with the Famous Players chain. My mother, alongside supporting my father’s private home business, always entrenched herself within charitable and service organizations.
Growing up in North End Winnipeg was about spending the school years in the city and the summertime in Lake Winnipeg at our cottage home. Grade school and high school meant long walks in deep snow and cold weather. As a kid, playing on the street was my full-time job. In school, I always exceeded my academics thanks to my hard work. That didn’t stop me from being involved in school sports like volleyball, basketball, etc. In winter I loved to play curling, during high school, I spent many evenings and weekends in various curling rinks in leagues and competitive play.
Midway through my years in high school my interest in the dental profession began to surface, a very close family friend was in the dental supply business and was very encouraging about following the dentistry path. A local orthodontist and Past President of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Morley Bernstein who was my orthodontist since my childhood became somewhat a mentor for me.
I attended the University of Manitoba and I was accepted into the Faculty of Dentistry to graduate in the Class of 1974 at the age of 23. Those years in dental school are most memorable for intense work and wonderful friendships. All through dental school, my long-time dream of becoming a dentist was getting closer to becoming a reality
After graduation, I was associated with a high-profile general practice in north-end Winnipeg next to my own satellite practice in a rural Manitoba community 1-2 days a week. My work was mainly restorative and endodontics therapy within the scope of general practice. I was not comfortable doing general dentistry and my motivation to seek graduate studies shifted into high gear. After only 4 months I began the intense application process, one interview took me to Minneapolis to the Graduate Orthodontic Program at the University of Minnesota. My prayers were answered and I began my orthodontic career in 1975 graduating with a Diploma in Orthodontics in 1977 and a Masters of Science in Anatomy in 1978.