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William P. Caldon, D.M.D. Owner & Dentist

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Doctor William P. Caldon completed Covington Latin High School at age 15. After receiving his AB degree in Biology in 1972 he attended the University of Louisville where he received his D.M.D. degree in 1976. Upon graduation, Dr. Caldon immediately joined the United States Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in Plattsburgh as a full Colonel in 1996 after 20 distinguished years of service and joined the practice of Doctor Michael O’Connor. His military career took him and his family to Michigan, Southern Italy, San Antonio Texas, England, Plattsburgh and finally Doctor Caldon went without his family to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey for the last year of his military career.

In 1983 Doctor Caldon attended a two year Air Force residency in General Dentistry where he received additional intensive training in all facets of dentistry including all of the recognized dental specialties. In 1987 he successfully challenged the demanding Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and was then recognized by the Federal Services as a “specialist” in general dentistry.

In 1989 he was named one of only three Air Force examiners for the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and served in that capacity for the maximum of three years with representatives from the Army and Navy.

During his Air Force career, Doctor Caldon was an instructor and Officer in Charge of a one year general dentistry residency, which provided additional training in all phases of dentistry to new Air Force Dental Officers. In addition he was commander of dental clinics in England, Plattsburgh and New Jersey. Doctor Caldon was the last dentist to leave Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

In 1988 he successfully passed the very difficult examination for the American Board of General Dentistry and achieved certification by that organization. He is a member of the prestigious International College of Dentists, the American Dental Association and is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. He is presently enrolled in the Academy’s Mastership program. Doctor Caldon routinely obtains well over 100 hours of continuing education each year. He is a certified member of DOCS (Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation) and has been providing sedation dentistry for several years.

In September 2012, Dr. Caldon co-authored the Amazon bestseller, Out Front – Business Strategies from Frontline Entrepreneurs. This collaboration focuses on a range of successful business and interpersonal success strategies. Dr. Caldon has spent over 37 years repairing smiles and is proud to contribute to the now national conversation regarding image in the workplace. After a brief book signing tour, Dr. Caldon appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox to discuss the book and its theories. For his efforts, Dr. Caldon received the prestigious Quilly Award from the Academy of Best Selling Authors at a Gala Affair in Hollywood, CA in September 2013. Dr. Caldon has also been featured in USA Today as an expert in the field of dentistry and will receive his Expy award in New York in April 2014.

Out Front – Business Strategies from Frontline Entrepreneurs is available online at BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com as well as the convenient High Peaks Dental locations.

In his free time Doctor Caldon enjoys fishing, traveling, bicycling and jogging.

Doctor Caldon’s childhood sweetheart wife of nearly 40 years, Margaret, is a pediatric nurse at Plattsburgh Pediatrics. They have four children, all of whom serve in the Military. Josh is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and is a Major and a C-130 pilot with the New York Air National Guard. Also, Josh is a PHD candidate for International Relations at SUNY Albany. He is married to Rebecca Terry from Plattsburgh, New York and they have a son, Zeke and twin boys Ian and Isaac. Boone is a graduate of SUNY Albany and of Boston University School of Dentistry. Boone is presently a Major in the US Air Force and Deputy Director of a one year General Dentistry Residency at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Seth is a graduate of the College of St. Rose and Boston University School of Dentistry. He is a Captain in the United States Army attending a 2 year General Dentistry Residency at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Seth is married to Kirsten Jacquet, an immunology technician from Schenectady, New York. They have one son Levi Jack. Lizzie is the apple of her father’s eye, and is married to Kevin Mahan a New York State trooper from the Catskill area. She has a degree in human biology from SUNY Albany and is a Tech Sergeant and cardio-pulmonary technician in the Schenectady Air National Guard. Kevin and Lizzie have a son named after his Uncle Boone. They also have a daughter, Marion, and are expecting another child in February of 2014.

The partnership of Doctors Caldon, O’Connor and O’Neill- High Peaks Dental has two state-of-the-art dental facilities in New York, one in Plattsburgh and one in Lake Placid. They recently expanded the Plattsburgh office which has been open since 1978 and moved into their Lake Placid facility in February 2002 after working in Saranac Lake since 1997.

Michael T. O’Connor, D.D.S. – Owner & Dentist

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Michael T. O’Connor, D.D.S. is a North Country native. He was raised in Dannemora, NY and graduated from St. John’s Academy in Plattsburgh, NY. Doctor O’Connor received a BS in chemistry from LeMoyne College and attended Providence College for graduate work in organic chemistry. He taught math for one year in the Syracuse School System. The following three years he taught high school chemistry at Liverpool High School near Syracuse, NY where he received tenure in 1973. In 1977 Dr. O’Connor graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry. Following graduation he completed a rotating residency at Worcester Memorial Hospital in Worchester, MA in 1978.

In 1984 Dr. O’Connor successfully passed the certification examination to become a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York Dental Association, the Fourth District Dental Society and the Adirondack Dental Society. Dr. O’Connor is also a member of DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) and has his NYS certification for Oral Conscious Sedation.

Each year Doctor O’Connor obtains well over the minimum number of continuing education hours required by his profession.Over the years, Dr. O’Connor has served on several community and professional boards, including the American Cancer Society, the Beartown Ski Area, and 15 years on the Board of Directors of the 4th District Dental Society. He also served as President of the Adirondack Dental Society, as President of Beartown Ski Team, and as coach for many YMCA baseball and basketball and Little League baseball teams. He presently is a member on the Foundation Board for the ARC.

Participating in and spectating at sports events have been a great source of competition and fun throughout Dr. O’Connor,s life. He played basketball, baseball and golf at the high school level and basketball and golf at the collegiate level. He is still passionate about downhill skiing in the winter, golfing in the summer and is an active member of the SGA. In addition, watching both sons compete in college at the Division I level in their respective sports has been rewarding.

Dr. O’Connor has been married to his high school sweetheart, Meredith since 1970. Meredith is a retired elementary art teacher from the Chazy School System and the mother of their two sons. Their oldest son Michael is a graduate of the National Sports Academy and Williams College. As a NY state champion ski racer, Michael raced for and was selected captain of the Williams College Ski Team. He presently teaches at the Fessenden School near Boston and is actively pursuing his dream of screen writing and acting. Christopher is a graduate of Plattsburgh High School and attended the University of Maine on a soccer scholarship. After transferring to SUNY Platsburgh, Christopher was a defenseman on the team that went to the final four of the Division III National Collegiate Soccer Championship. He recently graduated from PSU and is contemplating graduate school.

The partnership of Doctors O’Connor , Caldon and O’Neill- High Peaks Dental has two locations in New York, one in Plattsburgh and one in Lake Placid. They moved into their present Lake Placid facility in February 2002 after working in Saranac Lake since 1997. The Plattsburgh office open since 1978 recently expanded and we now have two state-of-the-art dental facilities.

Donnon “DJ” O’Neill, D.D.S. – Owner & Dentist

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Donnon “DJ” O’Neill, D.D.S. grew up in White River JCT, Vermont. He graduated from Hartford High School in White River JCT, Vermont. Doctor O’Neill received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. Doctor O’Neill went on to Dental School at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. After completing Dental School in 1990 Doctor O’Neill spent a year at D.C. General Hospital with the Oral Surgery Department.

In 1991 Doctor O’Neill moved to Horseheads, New York. In Horseheads he purchased and ran a private practice for ten years. During this time his office grew from a one doctor and two hygienist practice to a three doctor and five hygienist practice. Doctor O’Neill served as President of the Chenango Dental Society and as a member of the District Peer Review Committee, during this time as well.

In 2001 Doctor O’Neill sold his practice and moved North to work with the Public Health Service. Doctor O’Neill was the Assistant Director of the Dental Clinic for the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation. Doctor O’Neill served for two and a half years before accepting his Associateship with High Peaks Dental in 2003.

Through his life Doctor O’Neill has enjoyed many activities and adventures. His main hobbies are flying, white water kayaking, skiing, biking and hiking. For the past ten years Doctor O’Neill has enjoyed these adventures with a very special person in his life, Carolyn Wiggin. Carolyn is a land surveyor with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In 2002 Doctor O’Neill and Carolyn kayaked the Grand Canyon together.

The summer of 2003, Doctor O’Neill and Carolyn moved to Lake Placid and “DJ” joined Doctor O’Connor and Doctor Caldon in their state-of-the-art dental facility.

Doctor O’Neill continues to enjoy his many hobbies. Although piloting his father’s 1948 Stinson 108-3 plane brings him the most satisfaction. Doctor O’Neill having found such great comradeship working with both Doctor O’Connor and Doctor Caldon, Doctor O’Neill became a partner with High Peaks Dental in September of 2006.

 
 

Kevin Conroy – CFO/COO

Kevin Conroy grew up in Plattsburgh NY, and graduated from Seton Catholic High School. Kevin attended Niagara University where he studied Hospitality and Business Management. After completing many competitive internships at some of the world’s most exclusive clubs, Kevin was hired by the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan to provide strategic analysis, and manage procurement staff and agreements. During this time, the private equity group Blackstone purchased the Hilton and Waldorf=Astoria brands and began an acquisition period in the luxury hotel and resort market. Among other things, Kevin oversaw the growth of Food and Beverage purchasing department from the famed Park Avenue hotel.

In 2008, Kevin returned to Niagara University to join the masters program – studying Finance as a Dean’s Scholar. During this two year commitment, Kevin served as the Assistant Lacrosse Coach for the Division I women’s program. His duties included recruiting and mentoring students academically as well as athletically. Kevin also worked with at-risk freshman students in the University’s Office of Academic Support as a graduate counselor.

Kevin returned to the North Country to work as a consultant and acted as the project manager for the design and building of the state-of-the-art High Peaks Dental Plattsburgh location. He joined High Peaks Dental full time as the Chief Financial and Operations Officer in the spring of 2012.

Kevin’s wife, Stephanie is a former All-American and current Head Coach of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Softball team. They reside in Plattsburgh with their spoiled puppies, Henry and Hudson.

Nikki Burdo – Plattsburgh Office Leader

Nikki joined the High Peaks Dental Team in June 2013. Nikki is originally from Plattsburgh and has a true appreciation for the North Country. She attended Plattsburgh High School and continued her education at SUNY Plattsburgh. Nikki is a sports fanatic and had the ability to coach Girls Volleyball at PHS while attending college. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Services. After graduation, Nikki’s commitment and service to the community lead her to the Advocacy and Resource Center where she put her passion for supporting people to work. Nikki began as a Habilitation Specialist, was promoted to a Client Coordinator, and eventually became the Assistant Director of the Merritt Memorial Center. Nikki is a strong advocate for people with disabilities and continues to be through volunteering for local groups such as the NYS Down Syndrome Association for special events.

In 2004, Nikki was given the opportunity to bring early childhood education to a new level. Nikki and her team began the process of creating a child care center that was engaging, stimulating, and focused on the development of the entire child. Nikki was the Director of Dream Builders Learning Center and handled all aspects of the Center. In 2008, Nikki became one of the owners of Kaleidoscope Children’s Center. She truly enjoys being an integral part of early hood child development. In 2011, Nikki joined the ETS, Inc. team as their Health Care/Direct-Hire Recruiter. She had the ability to see her community on a larger scale and was thrilled to support local grass-root movements in bringing talented people to our community.

Nikki’s favorite role is being the mother of three wonderful girls Sydney, Sophie, and Halle. Nikki and her husband, Kyle, have been married for 15 years. Kyle is a Building Inspector for the City of Plattsburgh and both enjoy their active family life. Nikki is also a certified Kindermusik Instructor and volunteers for the local city school district.

 

 

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