Dr. Baima has spent over 25 years actively contributing and participating within the academic world of dentistry, in addition to a continuous career in private practice. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He has presented over 250 formal academic lectures and presentations at various local, state, national, and international dental conventions/seminars and one life experience lecture (repeated several times) entitled "Life as a Hostage During Iraq’s Occupation of Kuwait," (where Dr. Baima actually was held as a hostage) to the Los Angeles Rotary Club. He has had peer-reviewed academic articles published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Journal of Prosthodontics, as well as the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association and Implant Dentistry. He has written several chapters in the textbook Contemporary Fixed Prosthodontics published by C.V. Mosby Company.
Dr. Baima is a native of Northern Wisconsin and a 1975 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.). After two years in private general practice, Dr. Baima decided to pursue an advanced level of dental education. He applied to and was accepted into the Specialty Residency of Periodontology Program at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA and graduated with an advanced degree in the specialty of Periodontics. He subsequently has also completed advanced training in Prosthodontics and Dental Implantology at the UCLA Medical Center and Veterans Administration Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. Baima has also held academic appointments at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth; University School of Dentistry, Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, WI; UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA; University Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School; Loyola University School of Dentistry, Maywood, IL; Veteran Administration Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Detroit, MI.
Besides pursuing excellence in academic activities and private practice endeavors, Dr. Baima has also found time to marry and raise a family. Catherine, his wife of 16 years, has also pursued her own academic interests and is the Director of the German language Graduate Program at the University of Chicago. They have two very active young children, a boy and a girl, and they enjoy traveling as a family unit during their downtime.