Where did you grow up?
Where did you go to high school?
Where did you go to college?
University of Richmond
Where did you go to dental school?
Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University)
Where did you go to school for pediatric dentistry?
University of Michigan
How long have you been a dentist?
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not looking at teeth?
Spending time with my family and friends, training for triathlons, traveling to the mountains.
Tell us about your family, and/or children, and/or pets?
I have two children, Douglas and Maggie, a Boykin Spaniel named Mac, and four chickens.
What dental associations/study clubs are you involved in?
Pierre Fauchard Academy, International College of Dentists, American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Current Vice President of Richmond Dental Society, Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity, Past President and member of Dominion Study Club, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Virginia Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Hospital affiliations with Children’s Hospital of Richmond, St. Mary’s Hospital, and MEDARVA Surgical Center
What do you enjoy most about being a pediatric dentist?
There are so many reasons I love what I do. My favorite moments are when a child (and/or parent) has conquered a major fear of the dentist after many previous attempts and develops a “forever trust” in the dentist. Some children and parents never make it past this initial fear and give up, which can create a life-long fear of the dentist. I see it as my job to make the dentist fun and stress-free for the child AND the parent, and sometimes this takes time and patience, and always takes mutual trust between the child, parent, and dentist. I also find much joy treating children with special health care needs.
Fun fact about you?
I held two UR swimming records in the 200 and 400 IM events.