The profession of dentistry involves so much more than working on teeth: on a daily basis I am an artist, medical professional, counselor, behavior management specialist, IT guy, business owner…and the list goes on. I enjoy the complexities and challenges of my work, but most of all I treasure the ability to help others and build strong connections with our community.
Caring for people from diverse backgrounds has helped me become more empathetic, as a dentist and personally. I enjoy our conversations and what I learn from each person. As they share their stories, my world broadens. At the same time, I learn who the person is and that gives me greater insight into how I can best help them.
I’m particularly honored to meet new patients who haven’t seen a dentist in years, sometimes even decades! It’s a great feeling when such a person commits to improving their oral health and, as a result, improves their overall health and quality of life.
My team and I always tell patients: We don’t lecture, we don’t judge, we are just glad you showed up for your appointment!
I am fortunate to have a team of experienced, genuinely kind and empathetic professionals at Borderview Dental. They always have our patients’ best interests at heart and want only the best for them. My team members love what they do, truly caring about our patient family on a personal level. I am lucky to work with a staff that I consider to be my friends.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University and my Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) was awarded by the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Since graduating, I’ve pursued every continuing education opportunity I’ve found.
In addition to keeping current on new dental materials, techniques, and technology, I avidly study topics that weren’t exhaustively taught in dental school. I’ve sought out courses on:
- Reducing discomfort in dental injections
- Establishing and improving communication with patients so they understand their oral health concerns and treatment options
- Emerging techniques that improve efficiency so patients have quicker, more comfortable visits
As a dentist in a small, private practice, I’m also a business owner and employer. I take courses in business management, too, so our practice is able to deliver the best experience to our patients.
Ultimately, continuing education makes me a better dentist and helps patients achieve their goals, comfortably and without stress or worry.
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Mesa, AZ. My family and I moved to Bellingham in 2010 and to Blaine in 2013. Ann, my wife of 20 years, is a hairstylist. We have two teenage daughters, Claire and Ethne, who currently attend Blaine High and Blaine Middle Schools. We also have a Bernedoodle puppy, Muri.
As a family, when we aren’t binge-watching Netflix we enjoy camping and hiking around Mt. Baker in the summer. During the school year we spend a lot of time supporting our daughters’ extracurricular activities and sports events.
Since moving to Washington I’ve fallen in love with the Mt. Baker Wilderness. In the winter, when not working, I’m often snowboarding at Mt. Baker Ski Area. Summers are filled with hiking, backpacking, and working in my yard.