He is a native of Toledo, Ohio. After completing his bachelor's degree at the University of Toledo, he graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.
He and his wife, Robin, have three adult children and three grandchildren. They frequently travel throughout North Carolina
to volunteer their time and efforts for the NC Dental Association's Mission of Mercy clinics. Over the years those have included clinics in Dare County and many others as far away of Cullowhee, in the western mountains of NC.