At the age of fourteen, "Dr. Dave" began playing in a Montreal rock trio, Griffin, and worked in many groups in Quebec and the Maritime provinces during the ensuing years, including RPM and Starless. The repertoires included material by Yes, ELP, Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Gentle Giant.
At the age of 22, "Dr. Dave" moved to Toronto. After a brief time, he had health problems and, after a major surgery, returned to Montreal and joined the East Side Players, a band with a 200 song repertoire that included rock, country and disco. In 1982, "Dr. Dave" began working in the high-tech industry full time and continued playing on a part-time basis, as the guitarist for several Way Off Broadway productions, including Oklahoma, Hello Dolly, and Carousel. He also played bass in the Dixie jazz quintet, The Exceptions.
In 1997, "Dr. Dave" began playing at open stages at Ottawa blues venues, where he soon became involved in the bands that he still works with today, including the: