On Being a Dentist
Every day in the office brings with it fresh challenges. Conquering each makes a positive change in the life of a patient. As a dentist, I enjoy solving problems: every patient is unique, and they have unique oral health concerns. I focus on delivering painless dental care that is of lasting benefit to each person.
Whether I am moving a patient out of dental pain, restoring function, or improving their teeth so they can confidently smile, their life is better as a result of my work. I find great professional fulfillment spending my days providing such care.
My patients are a diverse group of people. During their visits we share stories and talk about life. In doing so, we build a rapport that often goes beyond healthcare provider and patient: many times we become friends, and that is an amazing thing.
Education and Continuing Education
My Doctorate of Dental Surgery was awarded by the University of Washington School of Dentistry. That education was top-notch and provided me with great foundational knowledge in the profession. However, dentistry is a constantly changing field. Breakthrough technologies are developed, treatments change and evolve, and new materials become available. It’s essential I remain current on these changes. My patients trust me to provide them with an array of leading-edge care options, and by taking continuing education courses I ensure that happens.
Throughout the year I attend meetings, lectures, and seminars, learning from the leaders in the field. I also have studied through the Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education, the Engel Institute, and attended Brodine Prosthodontic Seminars. Additional knowledge comes from my memberships in the Academy of Operative Dentistry and the International Academy of Gnathology.
After growing up in Seattle and Spokane, I settled in Bellingham. My home life is very family-centered, and I choose to spend a lot of my free time with my wife, Connie, and young son, Grant. I love taking bike rides with him! Family meals are important to me, too. I’m also a member of the Washington Pilots Association and love taking flights with my family.
Giving back to our community is important to me. I support Ski to Sea, and our local schools and fire department.
By the way, I’m an Eagle Scout and was an oarsman for the University of Washington Rowing Team from 1988 to 1992.