Over the past 30 years in the field, I feel incredibly fortunate to have the great responsibility of helping people improve their lives. I am in a “people business” — the primary purpose of my work is to make people feel good about themselves. I chose orthodontics to reflect this purpose. I remain dedicated to providing the best care possible using the newest technology available that has proven to perform up to my high standards.
Education and Continuing Education
I attended Blue Valley High School before going to Pittsburg State University for my undergraduate work. I then attended University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry for my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. I finished my formal education at UMKC School of Dentistry, where I received my Orthodontic Certificate. I have since been involved in over 50 hours of continuing education every year. Recently I have returned to the UMKC Orthodontic Department as a clinical instructor to orthodontic residents.
I am absolutely committed to providing the best care to my patients and find that my involvement with the professional community is the best way to make that happen. I am involved with numerous professional organizations, including:
- Diplomate of American Board of Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Greater Kansas City Society of Orthodontists
- UMKC Orthodontic Alumni Association
- Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
- Fifth District Dental Society of Kansas
- Tweed Study Club of the Midwest
- UMKC School of Dentistry, Orthodontic Department
In the Office
I find orthodontics to be a great combination of science, engineering, and art. It allows me to visibly see the effects of my work while improving my patients’ health. I believe that my work not only produces positive changes in teeth but also in attitudes. Orthodontics is life-changing and can improve people’s self-confidence and personalities. That is my goal in every treatment: to effect a positive change in my patients’ lives.
I strive to be patient and generous with each patient. I also focus on having a good time. However, I am genuinely serious about each patient’s care, and still find myself learning and seeing things I have never encountered before. I find the developments in technology to be very exciting, and love the idea of finding new and improved ways to treat my patients.
I think it’s important to participate in organizations that aid people in our area. I am involved in Smiles Change Lives, Prince of Peace Church, Shadow Buddies Foundation, YMCA, Donated Dental Services, and the Kansas Mission of Mercy. I believe that through this involvement I can better my community and inspire others. My secret hope is that I can inspire someone to be a dentist or an orthodontist and help others as well.
Outside the Office
I grew up in Wichita, KS and spent most of my youth there. In junior high, my family moved to Overland Park, KS, where I currently reside. I have been married for 30 years. I have always liked to fix and repair things, especially vehicles. I replaced the motors on my Cougar, Camaro, and Bronco. I also enjoy a good game of golf, hunting, bowling, and skiing.