Serving Others and Improving Lives
It is a privilege to belong to a profession that offers so many ways to be of service. I have been fortunate to have practiced dentistry in several communities in the 30 years since I graduated. In each of these places I have been welcomed, supported, and feel I have been able to contribute to the betterment of the community.
When I first meet a patient, I encourage them to tell me about themselves. I want to know what they’re seeking in dental care. I also want to know about their worries and their life. Having insight into who the person is, not only their clinical needs, allows me to find the right treatment approach for them. This ensures the best care experience and best results for that person.
I have brought together a team of people who reflect my commitment to quality and care. What sets them apart is that they, like me, listen to you. We want to know your desires and concerns. We genuinely care about you as a person and want to learn who you are.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science, University of Washington
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Marquette University School of Dentististry
- Advanced training from UCLA for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliances
In the years since I finished my formal schooling, dentistry has only improved. New materials now allow for life-like restorations. Cosmetic dentistry advances allow me to improve a patient’s confidence and ease in social settings. The art and science of dentistry is changing, as is the technology. It is essential I stay abreast of these changes and what they can provide my patients.
There is a joy in doing something well. By pursuing continuing education, I am able to practice the best dentistry. My involvement in study clubs and mentoring programs allows me to exchange ideas with colleagues and learn from them. Continuing education has fostered creativity in problem solving and treatment planning.
I have participated in advanced dental education with the University of Washington, CRE with John Kois, and at the LVI Institute. I’m currently involved with the Puget Sound chapter of Spear Education and their programs in Scottsdale, AZ.
I was born in Chehalis, WA and grew up in north Seattle. In 1976 I married my wife, Lisa. She is my soul mate and life teacher. In our 40 years together, we’ve raised four great children. They all live close by, allowing for many family gatherings.
In my spare time I enjoy hiking in all kinds of settings. Some of my favorite places are at the ocean or in the Cascades. I also enjoy cycling and in 2007 completed the STP in one day.
I also like digging for razor clams at the beach, salmon fishing anywhere, and sailing when the opportunity arises. Perhaps, though, what I love most is a warm summer evening, a good book, and a glass of red wine in our backyard.