On Being a Dentist
I’m blessed to be a dentist. I’m fortunate to be able to provide the highest quality of dental care to those in my care. Each morning, I wake up looking forward to seeing my patients and my staff, and feel lucky to be able to touch so many lives in my profession.
I’m passionate about making each patient feel welcome and comfortable in my office, and treating them in a caring and gentle manner. Each person has unique needs and concerns. It’s essential that I listen actively to and work with them to find the treatments that are right for their situation.
I’ve been a practicing dentist for more than 14 years. I entered the field because I knew I wanted to help people and work with my hands. Dentistry allows me to interact with and care for a wide range of personalities. It’s a pleasure to get to know every patient on a personal level and build a lasting relationship with each one. Our conversations, and what we learn from each other, are the highlights of my day.
Education and Continuing Education
- Undergraduate degree – University of California, Irvine
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Washington School of Dentistry
I strive to stay up to date with ongoing changes in dental technology, materials, and treatments. Staying current ensures I am knowledgeable in the field and provide my patients with the best care and treatment options available.
I take continuing education courses throughout the year and always exceed the required minimum annual number of hours. In addition to being involved with local dental study clubs, I also attend conferences, lectures, and seminars, and review research findings in journals. Recently I’ve been focusing on dental implants, topics related to oral cancer, and the connection between oral health and overall body wellness.
After growing up in Southern California, I moved to Seattle to attend dental school and now call the area my home. I’m a single father of four wonderful children: two daughters and two sons. I take pride in my kids and enjoy being a big part of their lives. I’ve always been very involved in their school and sports activities, and nourishing their friendships outside of school hours.
When not working, I’m either with my kids, at the gym, or running or riding my bike on the Burke-Gilman trail ... oh, and planning the next meal I’ll be cooking for the kids: I love to cook!