I grew up knowing I wanted to work in healthcare. I knew I wanted to be a provider who saw my patients more than once or twice, and knew I needed to be able to build friendships and relationships. I wanted to improve peoples’ lives and making a lasting difference for them.
Orthodontic is the ideal specialization for me: I love the biology and physics of the field, and being able to use my artistic abilities each day.
The evolution of orthodontic treatment options excites me. New methodologies and techniques mean better ways to improve the care experience and deliver even more incredible results.
When I’m creating a patient’s treatment plan, I consider them as a whole. I look at the jaw joints and airways, and always assess their facial structure. I want to craft a smile that’s functional and attractive, one that will serve the patient well for the rest of their life.
My Doctorate of Dental Surgery was awarded by Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. I remained at LLU for my Orthodontic Residency. This provided me with exceptional foundational knowledge of orthodontics.
However, this is a constantly evolving specialty. I strive to stay at the forefront of technological innovations and new treatments. By pursuing continuing education, I ensure I am able to deliver advanced orthodontic care to my patients. I take courses through the SPEAR Study Club and participate in conferences, lectures, and seminars. I’ve presented research to the California Dental Association and at the Hinman Convention.
I share my life with my wife and six children: three boys and three girls. We also have a German Shepherd dog. When I’m not caring for patients I’m usually enjoying the outdoors with my family. We like surfing, wake surfing, and wakeboarding. We also enjoy snowboarding, riding dirt bikes, and camping, hiking, and backpacking.
I spend a lot of time with youth groups, sports teams, and church activities. I believe people can make a difference in our community by volunteering.