WHAT SETS ME AND MY PRACTICE APART
Staying abreast of new procedures and technologies is important, but knowing when and where to use it in practice is more valuable. I take great pride in providing quality dental care but I feel prevention is just as important.
Investigating the cause of the problem to prevent recurrence is equally important for long-term success. Understanding the cause and effects are what set me apart in my practice. Whether it is using intra-oral cameras, a hand mirror or just taking time to explain the procedures makes quite an impact on empowering my patients.
Chance, my therapy dog in training, is also a big help in creating an atmosphere that is safe for my patients.
EDUCATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from the University of Colorado, and graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. I have served as a part-time instructor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Throughout my career, I have stayed abreast of new materials and technologies so our patients can be given the best treatment options. I value sharing information and exchanging best practices with my colleagues.
I am currently in a lecture series discussing sleep apnea disorders and their connection with TMJ (jaw joint) issues, strokes, and heart attacks.
I have taken courses at the Pankey Institute for Continuing Dental Education and through the Frank Spear and Kois Center continuum series. I am actively involved with the Bellevue ITI Study Club and the Comprehensive Treatment seminars series.
In my free time I spend a lot of time with my two boys who are 10 and 14 years old. I try to expose them to as many life experiences as possible. Modern dance, the opera, and ballet are things we have experienced and they do not need to see it again :).
I try to stay in good physical shape by going to the gym regularly and with outdoor activities so that I can stay active with my boys. We have a goal of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in July of 2020. That will be a great adventure for all of us. My oldest son climbed up to Camp Muir with me this past spring and we skied down to Paradise Lodge. I think he now has the bug to climb Mount Rainier as well.
I try to involve Chance in my outdoor activities whenever possible.
The past couple of years I have climbed Mount Rainier in June and the weekend day hikes I make in preparation always involve Chance. He always likes to be with me when I run errands or when I am doing house projects. He has the best of all worlds during the work day as majority of my patients enjoy his playful and loving demeanor. Chance has never met a person that was not his friend.