was raised in Pittsburgh, the son of an anesthesiologist and a teacher. He is married to the former Anne Baker with whom has two sons. They reside in Hermitage.
He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his undergraduate and dental degrees. This was followed by a general practice residency and one year of training in anesthesia at the Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami. His 4 years of oral and maxillofacial surgery training were received at the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, a Level I Trauma Center associated with Case Western Reserve University.