As an orthodontist, I am most passionate about working with people of all ages, from all walks of life. I enjoy meeting new people and hearing about their lives and experiences. Everyone has stories to tell, and I appreciate what my patients share with me. Our conversations enrich my life. I am thankful for the joy patients bring to me and hope I give them the same.
I have practiced orthodontics for over 30 years. My father was a general dentist and I went to work in his office when I was in 6th grade. I enjoyed it so much that I decided I wanted to become a dentist. Then I had my braces put on and thought, “This is even better!”
I went through a lot of changes during my orthodontic experience. I grew as a person, my personality developed, and my self-esteem blossomed. I knew that my appearance changed, and that strengthened my confidence. By the time my braces were removed, I had a smile I really loved, and couldn’t wait to share it with the world!
Now I help people as they go through the same transformation. Being part of that and seeing people’s happiness with their new smiles makes this the most amazing profession!
- Bachelor of Science in biology – University of California at Irvine
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
- Master of Dental Science – University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
I love learning and never want to stop. I want to keep making myself better and finding the best new approaches to benefit my patients.
Throughout the year I take a lot of continuing education, through study groups as well as attending meetings, lectures, and seminars. This keeps me up to date on the latest developments and ensures I am providing the best treatment and most beautiful smiles.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Academy for Orthodontic Excellence
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Orange County Dental Society
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Huntington Beach, lived in Pennsylvania during dental school and my postgraduate orthodontic training, then moved to back to Orange County. I’ve lived in Fountain Valley for more than 30 years and have raised my son Jay here. He graduated from Hiram College in Ohio, where he played football for four years. We have a Papillon dog, Kei, who’s a bright light in our home.
When not in the office, I volunteer with the Fountain Valley Community Foundation and enjoy time with loved ones. I also like to travel, golf with Jay, scuba dive, and am an avid scrapbooker.