Building Relationships and Changing Lives
I’ve always been passionate about dentistry, even as a small child. I enjoy helping my patients achieve and maintain optimal dental health. I take a multidisciplinary approach to care when addressing my patient’s dental needs. This allows my patients to achieve their ideal results.
As a dentist, I love that I get to work with a diverse group of people, from toddlers through seniors. Getting to know each on a personal level, and establishing a lifelong relationship with them, is important to me. I believe in actively listening to my patients and encourage them to tell me about their goals and concerns.
I find working with people who have dental anxiety to be particularly rewarding. Together with my team, I help that person work through and overcome their fears. Today’s dentistry offers truly painless options and I pay close attention to each person’s comfort during their visits. Having a patient thank me, with a happy smile, for making a procedure go smoothly and without discomfort, is truly a fulfilling moment.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor degree in Dental Hygiene, Eastern Washington University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Washington
I am passionate about learning and education. Dentistry is a constantly evolving discipline. Advancements in technology, materials, and techniques all mean better care and results for patients. I take my responsibility for my patients’ oral health seriously. By remaining current through continuing education courses, I ensure I’m providing the best care and treatment options.
I have completed advanced courses in pediatric and adult sedation. I’ve also studied dental implant placement and implant restorations.
I grew up in Rainer, WA and have live in Olympia. My wife Amy and I have been married for over 20 years. We have six children: four boys and two girls. We also have a cat, dog, and four fish. Spending time together, as a family, is important to all of us. When I’m not working, you’ll usually find me at one of my kids’ many extracurricular activities.
Supporting the Community
Both Amy and I are board members for the Spina Bifida Association of Washington. I am also a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 531 and am on the Dental Assistant Advisory Committee for Clover Park Community College, too. Additionally, I volunteer for RAM and the Seattle Center free dental days.