Why did you go into dentistry?
As long as I can remember, I always wanted to work in the medical field. At age 6, my little plastic doctor’s kit was my favorite possession.
I grew up in the medical community of Loma Linda University, where my father was a professor of Microbiology, who taught medical and dental students and did extended research. He looked at his research and teaching as an invaluable way to enhance people’s lives. His moral values and compassionate humility greatly influenced my life.
I was fortunate to be able to work with him in his extensive laboratory at a young age as a research assistant. That followed with various jobs in the university hospital as I continued my education, where the doctors I worked with supported and encouraged me to continue the path I loved.
After receiving my graduate dental degree, I moved my young family to the Northwest, not only to enjoy our wonderful environment here, but to able to work one on one with patients in a family centered practice where I could make a difference. In the years that I have been in practice, I have been committed to using the best and latest technology, an esthetic and warm office environment, and helping people feel comfortable and cared about in a place that most people have some apprehension about. I love seeing patients learn to relax and not fear the dentist!
Our family lives on 5 acres in a country setting in Washougal. I am married with three grown children and three step-children who are the center of my life along with their significant others and our three grandchildren.
When not in the office enjoying the dentistry that I am compassionate about, my wife and I love most anything to do in the wonderful Northwest outdoors.
We love to hike, snow ski, scuba dive, and play golf, as well as work on our acreage in our down time. I have also enjoyed the sport of paragliding for years from our mountains, the Gorge, and coast.
My rewards in the field of dentistry include having an office staff of wonderful, skilled people who are like family who play together, and laugh together. They also include constantly studying, learning, and adapting new dental technologies to our practice that extend and enrich what we can offer to the patient. It has been rewarding to see the health benefits that patients experience from our conservative treatments for sleep apnea, oral cancer screening, and working collectively with other medical professionals that go far beyond “fixing teeth”.
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