Improving Lives, One Patient and One Smile at a Time
Being a dentist allows me to help people live healthier, happier, and more productive lives. I can restore function, and enable a person to chew comfortably and smile with confidence. I can relieve each patient’s dental pain, which allows him or her to enjoy life again. I can make a smile even more beautiful, and increase a person’s self-esteem, improving how people feel about themselves. With each patient, I have the opportunity to make a lasting, sometimes life-altering, change for the better.
The health of a person’s mouth affects overall wellness, as research is continually uncovering the oral-systemic body connections. When oral health is improved, my patients’ bodies become healthier and stronger, so they lead better lives.
My goal is to maximize each patient’s quality of life. I want my patients to be healthy and happy to better enjoy our world. By actively listening, encouraging patients to tell me about their desires and concerns, and showing compassion and empathy, we build a rapport and together work towards successful outcomes.
One of the best parts of my work are the relationships dentistry has allowed me to be a part of. I look forward to return visits, to renew and strengthen our friendship and to learn from my patient's experiences. My world is broadened through our community.
Education and Continuing Education
- Redmond High School
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Earth Science and Information Technology – Oregon State University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Indiana University School of Dentistry
Now is an exciting time to practice dentistry. Advances in technology, materials, and techniques all mean better care, more options, and the best results for my patients. As a dentist, it is my responsibility to remain current on the latest trends and developments. Each year I complete 23 hours of continuing dental education through study clubs and courses through the University of Washington, online classes, and attend local, regional, and national dental meetings.
I grew up a native of the Pacific Northwest, on the eastside of Seattle in the city of Redmond, and moved to what is now Sammamish in high school. My college years were spent between Eastern Washington University and Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. After nine years in Oregon, I moved my family to Indianapolis to complete my dental degree. We moved back to Sammamish in 2007 and started my Shoreline practice in 2008. Much of my inspiration to become a dentist was due to my father having a dental practice in Redmond for almost 40 years. Through his example I saw the positive impact a dentist could have on people's lives.
My amazing wife Irley and I met at Oregon State. She does the books for the practice, keeps us all organized, and is pursuing a business degree at University of Washington, Bothell.
Together we have three great kids: two sons and a daughter, all in school, who keep us busy with their extracurricular activities. We also have five chickens, a parakeet named Roger, two cats Olive and Pip, and a Golden Retriever named Maybe.
We spend a lot of our weekends cheering on the kids in soccer matches, two of which play for Crossfire Select, or supporting our oldest son who is very involved with a local Parkour gym. Much of my free time on weeknights and weekends I can be found at Tokul, Tiger or other local trails on my mountain bike. We spend a great deal of time outdoors fly-fishing, camping, hiking or swimming. In the evenings I get to unwind: playing guitar on the front porch with Maybe. I am also a life long Seattle sports fan, be it the Mariners, Seahawks or Sounders as well as collegiate teams from Oregon State and University of Washington.
I love the outdoors and all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Our family ties run deep, from Oregon’s Willamette Valley through Seattle, Port Townsend, and up to Alaska. I love exploring and learning about our amazing region.