I have been practicing orthodontics since 1986 and am still amazed by the positive change a healthy smile can make in the life of a patient. I enjoy what I do every day: getting to know my patients and their families on a personal basis and helping to improve their lives. I base each treatment on each patient’s individual goals and needs, making each new smile unique and healthy.
Education and Continuing Education
Before practicing orthodontics, I attained my Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Missouri in Rolla, graduating summa cum laude, and my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri in Kansas City with distinction. I earned my Master of Science in Orthodontics at the University of Iowa.
I am passionate about orthodontics and am always learning about new methods and technologies that can benefit my patients. I am on staff at St. Louis University where I teach surgical orthodontics. I am a yearly guest lecturer at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry Orthodontic Department. I am also a member and past President of the prestigious Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, and have been a national speaker for the American Association of Orthodontics and College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. I was honored to be asked to speak at the College of Diplomates’ annual meeting in Bermuda last summer.
I have been lucky to have a rewarding profession and feel it is important to give back to my community. That is why I teach current and future orthodontists. I want to make sure every orthodontist provides the highest standard of care so that every patient has a positive experience, no matter which office they choose. Teaching also helps keep me abreast of the latest and emerging proven orthodontic services which helps me provide the highest level of care for my patients.
In the Practice
Our practice is all about what you want and what you need. I take the time to listen to what you want from orthodontics and center your treatment plan on your goals and your clinical needs. My team and I always strive to make you and your family feel comfortable and at ease at each visit.
After over 27 years in practice, I am still awed by the life-changing effect of orthodontics. From simple treatments to complex surgical procedures, each service I provide helps my patients live healthier, happier lives. I can’t imagine doing anything else! The biggest compliment I receive in my job is the confidence patients and parents place in me by referring their family and friends.
We have a fantastic staff! They always want to ensure you and your family are well cared for. They all take their responsibilities to our patients seriously, and will always remember your name and what’s going on in your life. We all care about you as a person and want to get to know you. It’s not just about being a patient.
I grew up in Rolla, and other than attending university, have lived here my entire life. My wife, Kim, is a former elementary teacher and now our office manager. In my spare time, I enjoy hunting, farming, fishing, and golfing. I also enjoy doing anything to support our community kids! I am a sponsor of several youth activities and organizations. I also support local charities, like Heart to Heart for Women and the American Cancer Society.
I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. I received my undergraduate education at the University of Florida and graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Central Florida. I studied dentistry at University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham, Alabama. I was awarded a Health Profession Scholarship from the US Army. I served on active duty for three years and afterwards, went into private practice. I purchased a practice in Asheville, North Carolina, and ran the practice until I entered my orthodontic residency in 2012.
As a general dentist, I was able to explore many areas of dentistry. I discovered the areas I enjoyed most, and became more and more interested in orthodontics. This led me to pursue residency training in orthodontics. I felt as an orthodontist, I could make a great impact on others and have fun doing it. So, after contemplating it for several years, I decided to apply for my residency. After I got accepted, I sold my practice in North Carolina I moved to western Pennsylvania to attend a 30-month residency in orthodontics at Seton Hill University. I received a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and a Master of Science in Orthodontics.
Having been a primary care dentist running my own practice, I had a good idea what I was looking for as an orthodontist. I am excited to have found such a great opportunity working with Dr. Harrison and learning from his vast knowledge and experience. My goal is to provide orthodontics and make a positive impact on each patient’s life. I feel fortunate to be involved in such a great profession.
My wife, Nicole, is originally from Oneonta, New York. Since meeting, we have lived in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. We are blessed with four wonderful children, Garrett, Griffin, Grayson, and Gibson. We enjoy traveling and outdoor activities. We are exciting about connecting with the community and making Rolla our home.