Dentistry allows me to have a significant impact on how people feel about themselves and their quality of life. As a dentist, improving people’s lives and eliminating dental problems is a big personal motivator and brings a smile to my face. No one wants a toothache, and when you get one, it affects everything in your life. Being able to correct debilitating issues makes my day!
I am most passionate about creating healthy smiles. With good habits, proper nutrition, and excellent home hygiene, everyone can keep their teeth — for life. I do all I can to help patients stay healthy so they can enjoy life, and I love checkups when the patient is cavity-free, has healthy teeth and gums, and a great smile.
I went into dentistry because I wanted to improve people’s lives and be of service to the community. I wanted to help people take control of their oral and overall health and to eliminate pain and disease. I wanted to provide care that made lives better, and to build personal connections in the process. I know I made the right decision.
Our team members are caring and compassionate. Each is a highly trained professional, and focuses on every patient’s needs and expectations. Many have been part of the practice for years, so our office feels like a large family. Patients respond to that environment and appreciate how kind and attentive everyone is.
Education and Continuing Education
- North Valley High School
- Undergraduate studies – University of Oregon
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Oregon Health and Science University
Throughout the year I take a variety of postgraduate courses to keep up on the “latest and greatest” dental materials and treatments.
However, I know that the latest isn’t always the greatest. If and when a new option arrives that lowers costs, improves longevity, increases comfort, is more efficient, functions more naturally, and looks great, then I’m ready to implement it. Continuing education helps me evaluate options for our patients.
- American Dental Association
- Oregon Dental Association
- Rogue Valley Dental Society
- Academy of General Dentistry
Beyond the Practice
I grew up right here in Grants Pass/Merlin, as did my wife Fran, who went to high school at Hidden Valley. We are fortunate to live in an area with such a large network of family and friends and are thankful to be raising our two young children, Graham and Ellie, here. We’re lucky to have Grandma, Grandpa, and Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa so close and involved with our lives.
When I’m not in the office, I love spending time outdoors: rafting, water and snow skiing, riding motorcycles in the dirt and on the sand, and playing soccer. My greatest joy, though, is being with my wife and two wonderful kids.