My family and my work in orthodontics are two of the greatest sources of joy in my life. I am grateful for the opportunity I have every day as an orthodontist to give my patients something to smile about. From my nine years as a dentist/orthodontist in the United States Air Force, I gained the experience, education, and ability to provide the best possible care for my patients.
I have always enjoyed the technical aspects of orthodontics, but the most rewarding part of my profession is getting to know my patients and building relationships with them. Spending individual time with each patient to understand his or her needs and goals is an important part of my approach as an orthodontist. I partner with my patients in helping them achieve their ideal smile. Seeing their happiness and beautiful smiles as a result of their diligent efforts is what I love to do.
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Weber State University, I earned my DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. After dental school I entered the United States Air Force and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency (AEGD). It was during this time that I was exposed to all the dental specialties and made the decision to pursue orthodontics.
Shortly after my AEGD residency, I was accepted to the Tri-Service Orthodontic Residency Program at Lackland Air Force Base. This residency educated me in the art and science of orthodontics. It also helped me gain appreciation for the value of dentists and specialists working together to accomplish patient’s treatment needs, achieve patient’s goals, and provide optimal care. One year after completion of my orthodontic residency, I was fortunate to become a diplomate for the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction bestowed upon only 15% of the orthodontists in practice today.
Following specialty training, I served as Chief of Orthodontics at Yokota Air Base, Japan for three years. During this time I was able to enhance my orthodontic treatment skills and gain valuable leadership experience that has helped me in my profession and many other aspects of my life.
My last assignment with the military brought me back to Lackland Air Force Base, where I served as the Director of Orthodontics for the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency and a faculty member for the Tri-Service Orthodontic Residency Program. As a member of the teaching staff, I was able to build upon my knowledge and treatment techniques in the areas of surgical orthodontics, craniofacial anomalies, and cleft-lip and palate.