Since becoming an orthodontist in 2002, one of the things I am still truly amazed by is when we make people look better, we actually improve their oral, as well as overall bodily health!
Many people think that braces are strictly cosmetic. Nothing could be further from the truth. As we are creating a person’s beautiful smile, we are also not only raising their self-esteem, but making them healthier. Teeth that are straight and balanced tend not to wear. They self-cleanse, too, which leads to fewer cavities and other issues.
The best thing about what I do for a living is getting to know all the patients with whom I work, and their families, and learning from them. Over the course of their treatment, I see their confidence, sense of self, and optimism begin to grow. I begin to hear it from their families and friends. The metamorphosis is remarkable.
It is very rewarding to see them, once they’ve finished treatment, on the ball fields or on stage, smiling and laughing confidently. I know they are on the road to succeeding in life.
- University of Mississippi – Bachelor of Arts
- University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry – Doctorate of Medical Dentistry
- University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – specialty training in cosmetic and implant dentistry
- New York University – orthodontics residency
As a practicing orthodontist, I have a duty to provide the highest level of care. I have participated in Seattle Study Club for years. The club is composed of leading, local dental and orthodontic professionals that meet once a month to challenge each other in the service of improving one another’s knowledge and skills.
I have also been honored to be a certified speaker for Invisalign®. As a result, I have the privilege of traveling around the country to attend educational meetings and seminars. There, I learn the latest technological advances, newest treatments, and best practices. This knowledge enables me to serve my patients better.
I am an active, participating member of:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
The world changes rapidly, and professional associations provide me the ability to stay in touch with everything that is happening within my discipline. Through the publications I read, the meetings I attend, and interactions with others in these organizations, I continue to improve the care I provide.
Family and Away from Work
Family is central to everything we do in life and what we are able to become. I share my life in Oxford with my wife Tiffany, and our three children: Jack, Josh, and Hayden. When I am able to find free time, I enjoy golf, fishing, and hunting.
Serving Community and Faith
I have been a proud supporter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life, Awana, and Campus Crusade for many years. I also volunteer with youth, coaching soccer, T-ball, and baseball teams. Within our office, we chose a different charity to support each month.