Improving Lives through Oral Health
I like making a difference in each patient’s life. By improving a person’s oral health, I’m able to help them improve their systemic health, as there’s a close connection between them. And by improving someone’s smile, I help grow their self-esteem and the confidence with which they move through the world. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling profession.
I’ve been practicing dentistry since 2006. I became a dentist because I want to help people. A smile is one of the first things people notice in each other and having a great smile makes a great first impression.
I especially like helping people who have dental-related anxiety, often from a past, bad experience with another dentist. My team and I genuinely care about each patient and we engage with them. We thoroughly explain treatment and treatment options, talk about what will happen at each visit, and provide a safe, supportive environment. I encourage my patients to talk about their fears, then we tackle those together.
I find my greatest satisfaction when a previously-worried patient smiles and thanks us for making a visit painless and easy. I know we’ve made a difference and that that person will be more willing to visit us in the future.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelors of Science in Psychology, University of Washington
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Southern California School of Dentistry
Each year I complete many hours of continuing dental education. Procedures, materials, and technology are always changing and evolving. It’s essential I remain up-to-date on those changes in order to provide the best care options for my patients.
I attend meetings, lectures, and seminars, locally, regionally, and nationally. I also stay current on research through various dental journals and other professional publications.
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Seattle-King County Dental Society
I grew up in Redmond, WA and now call Sammamish my home. I have two very active young sons. When I’m not caring for my patients’ smiles, I’m usually spending time with my family. The boys are involved in many sports and that keeps us on the go!