On Being a Dentist
Dentistry is an amazing fusion of the sciences with the arts, which gives us the knowledge and skills to customize our care for each patient. As a dentist, I can relieve a patient of pain, restore function to their bite, and give them the ability to smile with confidence. All of this is now possible to do painlessly, with little stress or worry for the patient.
I am particularly happy to be practicing dentistry at a time when we are able to ensure a patient with dental anxiety no longer has reason to worry about a visit. I offer nitrous oxide at the office, but beyond that, I listen to my patients. By hearing their concerns, and encouraging a patient to talk openly with me, I learn how best to approach their care. I proceed at a pace they are comfortable with, helping them understand that I am here for them.
It is a great feeling to see the beautiful, happy smiles on my patients’ faces, as I finish their treatment. When they tell me how pleased they are with the care they have received, I know I’ve done well.
Education and Continuing Education
My Doctorate of Dental Medicine was awarded at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. My formal schooling provided me with an excellent foundational knowledge of dentistry, but oral healthcare is a constantly evolving field. As such, it is essential I stay on the leading-edge of developments in treatment practices and technologies so I can provide my patients with the highest quality care possible. I received my undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and The State University of New York at Buffalo for my Master's.
Throughout the year I participate in continuing education offerings, constantly learning and expanding my skills. Through attendance at meetings and lectures, and participation in seminars, I am able to further my knowledge.
As a member of the American Dental Association and the Virginia Dental Association, I have access to the latest research and findings in dentistry. I pour over the journals and other publications, absorbing the information.
My wife, Kate, and I have two young children: a son, David, and a daughter, Claire. When I’m not caring for my patients, you’ll most often find me with my family. I love playing with the kids, especially soccer and basketball. We also enjoy watching movies together and traveling.