Changing Lives by Transforming Smiles
I have a passion for what I do. Every day, I see the profound, positive change that orthodontic treatment brings to patients’ lives. I love how every patient has a unique personality and clinical challenges, which requires solutions tailored specifically to them. My work is never boring, my patients bring excitement and energy to the office, and I see their confidence and self-esteem grow along with their new smile.
My Practice Philosophy
I know that crooked teeth or poor facial balance can have a profound, negative impact on a person’s self-esteem and their overall psychological well-being. For this reason, I am always willing to work with patients and their families to ensure treatment begins at an optimal time for the best treatment outcome. In order to do this, my practice offers many financial options and will find terms that work with a family’s budget.
The ultimate goal of orthodontic care includes straight teeth, a beautiful smile, and a properly aligned jaw, as well as good facial balance. In the vast majority of patients, this goal is best achieved with a full complement of teeth through the 12-year molars. For this reason, I will only order the extraction of permanent teeth in the most severe cases or as a last resort. I want my patients to have healthy, beautiful smiles, and to keep all their natural teeth.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in microbiology. I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Following a year of residency at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic in Pennsylvania, I completed specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Along with my certificate in orthodontics, I earned a Master of Science for my research on the facial growth and development in patients who have cleft lip and palate.
Commitment to Continuing Education
I am a lifelong learner and I enjoy paying that forward by being an educator. I’m honored to be certified by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners to teach continuing education-credited courses on various orthodontic topics. I have taught courses on treatment philosophies and methodologies, the newest technologies, and advances in the specialty of orthodontics.
As an orthodontist, I thoroughly enjoy attending and presenting courses and cases with my dental colleagues. The community collaboration within the dental profession, and especially within the smaller orthodontic profession, is cooperative, rich, and fulfilling.
I attend local continuing education courses on a monthly basis and, if my office is closed, it is most often because I am attending a seminar on advances in orthodontic treatment. I know that in order to maintain the highest standard of patient care, I must always be learning and updating treatment techniques and technologies.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
- Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists
- Maryland State Society of Orthodontists
- Maryland State Dental Association
- Frederick County Dental Society
I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and have lived in Frederick since 1992. I’ve been happily married to the love of my life since 1983. We have three boys who are all grown and building their lives in other regions of the country, and new twin grandbabies whom I adore.
When not caring for patients, teaching courses, or studying, I love to work in my vegetable and flower gardens. I also have many hobbies, all of which involve working with my hands: leatherwork, woodwork, jewelry casting, electrical work, painting, and tinkering with computers, to name but a few. As often as possible, I also love visiting my precious grandbabies, Isabell and Elliot.
I am heavily involved with church work and serve in a volunteer leadership position. One evening a week I volunteer at the LDS Washington DC Temple.
I also volunteer at the Washington County Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Clinic. This clinic serves people with a variety of craniofacial deformities from western Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
My practice is an active member and screening office for Smiles Change Lives. This non-profit organization works with families to make orthodontic treatment affordable for those with significant orthodontic problems who otherwise would not be able to afford it. We also support local causes with donations of pro bono treatments: giving someone a great smile is the least we can do to support our community.