Matt and Mike Rolfes didn't grow up wanting to be astronauts, firefighters, or cowboys. From an early age, they knew they wanted to be dentists. A big part of that ambitious goal was a dentist very close to them-their uncle, John Schwerer, D.M.D.
Schwerer not only nurtured the idea of a dental career in his young nephews, he talked with them about one day joining his practice in Fort Pierce, Florida. And it was far from just talk. After each earned his D.M.D. degree from the NSU College of Dental Medicine - Matt in 2015 and Mike in May 2017-Uncle John brought both into his practice as associates.
"To be able to mentor these kids, it's going to be fun for me," said Schwerer, himself a University of Florida College of Dentistry graduate. "We're looking forward to all of that. And to be able to have this in my profession before I'm no longer involved makes me feel really, really good."
Schwerer truly is building an "all-in-the-family" practice. Matt and Mike are his second and third associates, and their sister, Maria Rolfes, is the hygienist. Schwerer's son, John, a junior at Clemson University, has his sights set on the dental school, too, with the same goal after graduation-joining his dad and cousins in the practice.