As a dentist, I know our smile is one of the first things people notice about us.
I also know that pain in the mouth is very difficult to ignore.
With these issues being so pressing and potentially life-changing, it is important I am able to deliver comprehensive care in a timely manner.
I began seeing patients as a dental student in 2008 and have seen so many great moments that brought tears to peoples eyes as they saw their new smile, overcome dental fears, and realize their are options to address their concerns. Above all, I love getting to know our patients and learning about their lives. Our conversations allow me to understand better how to help each person reach their dental goals: sometimes a person is most interested in maintaining their oral health and sometimes the individual is seeking a full smile makeover. We become teammates in your oral health.
By taking the time to listen and learn I try show each patient that I care about them, personally, and am worthy of your trust. With trust comes a willingness to be open with me and our staff, which makes it easier to find the personalized dental solutions the person desires.
Education and Experience
I grew up downstream from Prosser in Benton City. I spent two quarters at Columbia Basin College before transferring to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Dental school was next, at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle, Washington where I met Prosser native Gregory Dorsett (now Dr. Dorsett) where we graduated with with degrees of Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2012. I was certified by the Western Regional Exam Board through the rigorous exam process including demonstrating proficiency in treatment planning and live patient treatment.
In practice, I know prevention is always easier than intervention. Patient education is key to the prevention of dental problems and to ensuring that corrective procedures, including restorations, are longlasting and beautiful. When intervention is needed, it is important to resolve the issues quickly and painlessly to provide a great experience. Deep rooted dental fears can begin to fade over time as you gain confidence we are here to help you.
Professional Affiliations and Continuing Education
I have participated in many organizations including:
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Grant County Dental Society
- Snohomish County Dental Society
- Feller Study Club
- Sky Valley Interdisciplinary Study Club
- Spear Study Club
- Benton-Franklin County Dental Society
Research and technology are constantly evolving the way we do things in dentistry. Providing patients with the best quality products and services can only be done if we continually seek out high-quality continuing education. Through these professional organizations I have access to numerous courses, meetings, trainings, and literature. This keeps me at the forefront of best practices, trends, and emerging options, and provide patients with the level of care they deserve.
I met my wife Melinda, who is from Florida, in college. We were married in 2006 and a few years later our son Camden was born, right after I finished my second year of dental school and the first portion of the National Dental Exam Boards. We then added Emily, Mya, Olivia, and Noelle to the family, making a total of five kids!
Family is my priority, especially as the kids grow and get into more and more activities. I love the outdoors, too, with a particular love of anything to do with water: wakeboarding, scuba diving, swimming, and paddleboarding. I also enjoy gardening, playing sports, board and card games, watching movies, and collecting Lego.
In the Community
I get involved in the community where I am able, including coaching soccer and teaching oral hygiene and doing exams in public schools. I also mentor and help with children’s and youth programs through church and charitable organizations. I know it takes a village to raise a child and if we shoulder one another’s life burdens we can help children and adults avoid becoming overwhelmed. A little help can go a long way for someone – and eventually we all need that help ourselves. The more we give the better off our community is, for all of us.