The benefits I experienced following orthodontic treatment as a youngster have gone far beyond just straighter teeth. I now have the same opportunity to see those changes in the patients I care for … every day. My own positive experience as a child led me to pursue a career in dentistry and orthodontics.
Since 2005, I have been an orthodontist in private practice. Prior to that, I served our country in the United States Navy for a total of 18 years as a dental assistant, a general dentist, and then as an orthodontist.
As an orthodontist, I am entrusted with building smiles and making lasting impressions. I am so very blessed to love what I do and do what I love. Creating beautiful smiles makes a real and lasting difference in a patient’s self-esteem. It builds self-confidence. It changes the way we behave in the face of endless changes life throws at us.
Whether our team and I are working with the young, or those who are young in spirit, our goal is always to develop the smile of their dreams. We get to build meaningful long-term relationships with patients. When we see them in our community, leading their lives with their loved ones, we get to see them happy and smiling with confidence!
Coming into contact with so many unique people has increased my understanding of what relationships mean. It is a blessing that I never take for granted. I cannot wait to meet you and your family and help you achieve the smile that will transform the rest of your life.
My educational background includes:
- University of Mississippi – Bachelor of Science
- University of Alabama School of Dentistry – Doctorate of Medical Dentistry
- Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas – certificate in orthodontics
I regularly attend continuing education seminars at the national, regional, and local levels. As a professional, I have a responsibility to make sure I have an understanding of everything that is currently happening within my field.
The newest medical and scientific knowledge has to be incorporated into treatments. Proven and reliable improvements in technology have to be adopted as soon as they become available.
Active involvement with other practitioners, researchers, and educators in my professional community is invaluable. It affords me exposure to technological advances, best practices, and the widest collective understanding within the discipline.
The knowledge and experience I obtain from working with others, attending seminars, and reading about others’ work, is something that I am then able to pass on to those I serve. As part of this community, I have also been published in the Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, the official journal of the American Association of Orthodontists.
The organizations in which I participate include:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
- Mississippi Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Alabama Dental Association
- Mississippi Dental Association
- Tennessee Dental Association
I am an active member of the community who supports local schools, organizations, and sports. I am an avid sports fan, fisherman, and all-around fan of the outdoors.