On Being an Orthodontist
I have the privilege of changing my patients’ lives in so many positive ways. Straightening teeth and correcting bites helps protect a patient’s teeth and jaws. It makes teeth easier to clean, protects them from excess wear and tear, and removes unhealthy pressure from the jaw joints. Having straight teeth also enables people to smile more, because they feel more confident about their appearance, which leads to a better quality of life.
I really enjoy the relationships I develop with my patients during their orthodontic treatment. Sharing experiences with other people is one of the finest things in life. To be able to build long-term relationships with so many different, fascinating people is a huge blessing. To be able to do so while making lasting, positive changes in their life, is truly incredible.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Arts, microbiology, University of California at Santa Barbara
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
- Master of Science and certificate in orthodontics, University of Iowa
I want my patients to have the best possible treatment, and the most comfortable, most efficient, and best finished smile. Staying at the leading edge of my field enables me to provide my patients with the highest quality of orthodontic care and produce the best smiles for them.
Throughout the year, I participate in different forms of continuing education, from attending small, local seminars to national association conferences. I attend lectures on the latest research and materials, as well as hands-on courses that use advanced methods and appliances. By staying up to date with my knowledge and skills, I am able to live up to the trust my patients place in me to provide them with the best care available.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists
- Colorado Association of Orthodontists
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon
Away from the Practice
Although I’m a California native, Douglas County has been my home for more than ten years. My life has been blessed with my beautiful wife Jes, who’s a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the allergy department. She is a world-class skier, a phenomenal cook, and a brilliant photographer. I also have three amazing kiddos: sons Zach and Taylor, and my daughter Malia. Our family would not be complete without Moxie, our Golden Retriever.
When I’m not working, I prefer to spend my time with my family. Together we enjoy skiing, swimming, bike rides, playing ping-pong, and traveling. I also enjoy running, hiking, and participating in the occasional triathlon.
I like helping others. I was fortunate enough to participate in a dental mission trip to Cuzco, Peru, to provide dental care to orphans. That experience changed my life.