For me, dentistry is about individual patient wellness. The critical link between dental health and overall systemic health is no longer debated. Oral health is so much more than just a bright smile. I enjoy working one-on-one with patients, assessing their clinical needs and finding solutions that are right for them. It’s a good feeling when, together, we get them to a healthier mouth and a happier smile.
I graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1984 and have been practicing since that time. I had long contemplated working in the medical field and, after taking some classes and speaking with various dentists, I realized this was an excellent fit for my skills and interests.
It’s rewarding to care for people of all ages and from different backgrounds. I like finding out about their experiences, learning their stories and doing my part to make their oral health a good part of the equation.
To put it simply, our staff cares. They make the practice. These people are pros and everything they do reflects that. Excellence is their routine. Patients appreciate their gentleness, their kindness, and all that this top-notch team does to make each visit a positive, enjoyable experience. Each staff member is committed to delivering the highest quality patient-centered care and they make it a priority to keep people smiling and even laughing throughout visits.
I complete many hours of continuing education every year to stay up to date on rapidly changing dental procedures, technical instrumentation, and medical knowledge. Ongoing education is essential for any medical professional and for a dentist it’s critical. I take a range of courses each year to learn from leading practitioners and researchers, in order to provide patients with proven, advanced options.
I grew up in the southern part of San Diego County, California. I’ve lived in Spokane, full-time, since 1997. Prior to that, I moved around a lot as a rescue helicopter pilot with the United States Air Force.
I’m always busy when I’m not seeing patients. My wife and I have livestock and we enjoy our time together. Our grown son is currently serving America in the Air Force.
Fly fishing tops the list of how I enjoy spending my non-work hours. Tight lines and cold water.
I also support a number of community programs and have donated time to do dentistry for the free Smile Mobile.