Q&A With Dr. Z
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I went to school in the Midwest as well, I studied business and math at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri then went to dental school at The University of Missouri Kansas City.
When did you know you wanted to be a dentist?
Growing up I loved building things and working with my hands. I went off to college focused on engineering but became more and more interested in healthcare. I ended up choosing dentistry which combined science, business and my love for mechanical problem solving. I really enjoy having a skill that helps people.
What is your practice philosophy?
I want to help my patients make informed decisions about their dental care. It used to be the doctor just told you what to do and patients weren’t really involved in the process. I think all of medicine is trending away from that. My goal as a dentist is for patients to understand all their options for treatment and then work collaboratively to find the best approach for their needs.
Why did you choose downtown for Five Pines?
I really liked the idea of giving people a quick and convenient place to get quality dentistry right where they’re already spending most of their day – at work!
What’s your favorite part about being a dentist?
I enjoy being involved with my community and as a dentist you get to meet a lot of people and potentially help a lot of people.
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
The people are great, food and beer are excellent, and I like having all the outdoor activities nearby. I also appreciate the climate and vegetation – everything grows well and suddenly I was such a good gardener!
What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?
I have lots of hobbies that keep me busy. Mostly working in my woodshop, maintaining my ‘96 Jeep, beekeeping and gardening. My wife and I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, cooking and going on adventures with our daughter Ruth.
What’s one thing people might not know about you?
Craftsmanship is very important to me as a person and a dentist. I love to make things and you can see some of my woodworking and concrete projects throughout the practice. I take a lot of pride in the things I create and I love that dentistry fits in with that so well.