What can you tell us about your background? I am a native – “made in Italy” and born in Scottsdale, Arizona, a first-generation Italian/American! I attended Arizona State University, receiving my BS in biology with a minor in chemistry. Then I attended University of the Pacific (U of P) Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. I returned to Scottsdale and started a private practice in 1980. Twelve years ago, I became involved in using both hard and soft tissue lasers and changed the name of the practice to the Arizona Center for Laser Dentistry (AZCLD). At AZCLD, we use the latest in dental technology such as microscopes, digital radiography, 2D and 3D cone beam, CAD/CAM, and laser technology to deliver the highest quality dentistry available today. Is your practice limited solely to endodontics, or do you practice other types of dentistry?
Although I do a significant amount of endodontics in my practice, I am a general dentist with advanced training in both hard and soft tissue lasers, cranial mandibular disorders (TMJ) using therapeutic dental/alveolar orthopedics, and implant CAD/CAM restoration. As a result of graduating from U of P dental school that had a strong endodontic program, I have had a passion for endodontics. That passion still is thriving today. Why did you decide to focus on endodontics? Ever since attending dental school, I have always been interested in and drawn to both the beauty and complexity that nature has given us in pulpal anatomy. I feel like I am performing micro neurovascular surgery on every tooth I treat endodontically. Do your patients come through referrals? Yes, the majority of my patients have come through other patient referrals. However, in the past 5 years of my 37 -year run, more and more patients have started to seek out my services via the Internet as a result of my innovation in laser PIPS® technology and more recently with the GentleWave® System.