Meet Our Amazing Dentists
John R. Ver Ploeg, D.D.S.
Dr. John Ver Ploeg grew up in the Iowa countryside. A wrestler and trombone player in high school, he then left home to attend the University of Pennsylvania and later Montana State University. In 1979, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota, where he met Julia, a dental hygiene student and his future wife.
Upon graduation, John and Julia moved out to New Hampshire to start their life together. Thirty-plus years later they are still here, the proud parents of 4 adventurous children who continue to explore various corners of the world.
As often as the weather permits, John bikes to work from his home in Nottingham. When not in the office, he can most often be found skiing, skating, swimming, or boating on Lake Pawtuckaway.
"Southeastern New Hampshire is a wonderful place to live," says John. "I enjoy my patients and the practice of dentistry. I look forward to many more years on Main Street."
John E. Ver Ploeg, D.M.D ~ Dr Jack
Why I Love Being a Dentist
I love dentistry because of its immense potential to positively affect a person's life. I believe that every visit should focus on improving the quality of life for the patient, both during the visit by making sure the patient is as comfortable as possible and for the future through long lasting, quality care. With that goal in mind I strive to provide quality, compassionate care to my patients.
Education and a Commitment to Continuing Education
I attended the University of New Hampshire where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. After graduation I spent half a year as a volunteer educator and caregiver at an orphanage in South America. It was during this experience that I developed an interest in health care. Upon returning to the United States I completed prerequisite course work in the natural sciences in preparation for dental school. I attended the University of New England College of Dental Medicine where I earned a Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) in 2017. After graduation I worked as a general dentist in Baltimore, MD and later Dover, NH where I practiced all aspects of general dentistry and pursued continuing education in endodontics, oral surgery, implants, restorative dentistry, and Invisalign.
Dentistry is an ever evolving profession, and I firmly believe in the value of continuing education. By maintaining a cutting edge knowledge of dental advancements I aim to provide patients with the most comfortable experience, most predictable outcome, and longest lasting results available.
Away from Work
Outside of dentistry I enjoy a variety of activities. During the warmer months I love sailing, hiking, motorcycling, and occasionally SCUBA diving. When the weather turns cold my activities shift to cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and pond hockey. I enjoy travelling any time of the year and am always on the lookout for the next destination.