Orthodontics is a very challenging and rewarding profession. It’s a challenge to see a patient when they are eight years old, understand how growth and development proceeds, then use that knowledge to guide and direct not only dental development but also possibly improve the skeletal balance so they can achieve the best potential function and aesthetics.
It’s also a challenge to restore function for an adult patient when growth can no longer help the final outcome. In both cases though, when things start to come together, there is no better feeling when everything falls into place and you know the plan will have done what you wanted. I am not too sure of many other medical professions in which the “plan” can take years to resolve, but that’s the challenge and the reward for orthodontists!
Education and Experience
- Ohio Northern University – Bachelor of Science in Biology
- University of Michigan School of Dentistry – Doctorate of Dental Surgery
- USAF Sheppard AFB - Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD Certificate)
- University of Michigan School of Dentistry – Master of Science in Orthodontics
Dentistry has been the background of my life since childhood. As a third-generation dental professional, I learned from my grandfather and my father that the best way to succeed in my practice is to create relationships with people before treating them as patients. I may have dedicated my life to creating smiles, but it is the people behind the smiles who really matter.
In addition to my private practice, I am committed to giving back to the future of the profession through service and education. Teaching future professionals helps keep me focused on the best evidence-based treatment for my own orthodontic patients, as well as involved in the latest trends and future innovations for optimal patient care.
- Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry at the University Of Michigan School of Dentistry (2003 - present)
- Clinical Course Director for dental student elective Invisalign® curriculum at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Ohio Dental Association
- American Association or Orthodontists
- Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, Ohio Component Director
- Ohio Association of Orthodontists, Previous President
- Ohio Association of Orthodontists, Previous Northwest Director
Family and Community
My wife and I have been married since 1993 and we have three wonderful children (two girls and one boy). My oldest daughter just passed her dental board exams—the fourth “Robinson” to attend U of M Dental. She and her husband will be going to Kansas to attend an AEGD program in Wichita. My son and his wife and their one-year-old son live in Columbus, and my youngest daughter is attending college to be a dental hygienist.
When I’m not in the office, I love spending time with my family. We go backpacking, hiking, boating, scuba diving, flying with my son (we’re both pilots), and traveling.
My family and I are very involved in our local church, both in the organizational team and through our Life Group serving community needs. I also volunteer for a dental explorers group in our community for kids who wish to learn more about a possible career in dentistry and orthodontics. Farther afield, I participate in dental mission work for families in need, most recently in the Dominican Republic.