A Love for Pediatric Dentistry
Every day I get to help change people’s perception of dentistry. By working with children, I’m able to assist in creating a generation that loves to visit the dentist. Working with my young patients, delivering painless dental care, and showing them that coming to see me can be a fun and enjoyable experience, are personally and professionally rewarding.
I am particularly fulfilled when my team and I meet a young patient who is scared of the dentist, and we are able to gently, slowly help them learn that dentists and dental offices aren’t scary places. Here, we take the time to get to know each patient, and we show them around the office, explaining our tools and what they do. Children are naturally curious, and if we can remove the fear of the unknown for them, they become excited about their dental care.
Whether I’m helping a patient get out of pain, or delivering preventive care that will stop a small issue before it becomes a big problem, I’m always attentive to the child and their needs. Along with my team, I work hard to connect with each patient and develop a rapport with them, caring for them as I would my own child.
I love when I make a connection with a young patient, and they come to regard me as a friend, happily chatting about their life and what’s been happening at school and with their friends. I know I’m no longer seen as a threat, but as a good, safe person, and the child is going to have a positive attitude about their oral healthcare in the future.
Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Arts, Texas A & M University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Baylor College of Dentistry
- Residency in pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver
Each year I pursue many hours of continuing education courses, to further my knowledge and skills, and stay abreast of the latest developments in oral healthcare and pediatric dentistry. It is only by remaining at the leading edge of changes in my field that I am able to deliver the top-notch dental care that each of my patients deserves.
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Texas Dental Society
- Fort Worth District Dental Society
- Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry
I’m a Dallas native. My college sweetheart, Amy, and I have been married for almost 25 years. We have three children who grew up in Southlake and three Great Pyrenees dogs who weigh more than my children! When I’m not caring for my patients, I love my time with my family and participating in and supporting my kids’ activities. Family travel is also high on my list of enjoyed pastimes, as is delving into a good book.