Love of Profession
It is a privilege to be a part of the lives of so many incredible people. Each person who comes to me for orthodontic care teaches me something new, whether it’s about their life and interests, or the unique challenges presented by their clinical needs, and every day is a new opportunity to learn and to help.
I love that I can improve a smile. I have a procedure, where I have a start (crooked teeth) and an end (straight teeth), and along the way I get to know the patient and their family, talking and laughing with them, sharing in their life’s story. It’s an honor to improve a person’s life by giving them a great bite and a beautiful smile, knowing that both will benefit them for the rest of their life. Whether I am caring for a youth, and am watching them grow-up and their personality blossom, or helping an adult achieve the smile they’ve long dreamed about, I know I’m making a real and positive difference. I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life!
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara for a Bachelor of Arts degree, and then was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. I completed my orthodontic residency at the University of Southern California graduate orthodontic program where I received a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Masters of Science degree in craniofacial biology and was the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award for my graduating class in 1991.
It is important that I keep informed about the advances in the science of orthodontic treatment so I can continue to provide the most up-to-date techniques and technologies to my patients. I regularly attend continuing education courses through the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, where I am a past president and have served for many years on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Component. I am also a member of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the American Association of Orthodontists, the San Fernando Valley Dental Society, the Conejo Valley Dental Society and the Dougherty Tanaka Foundation, a charitable Foundation dedicated to orthodontic education. I am proud to be Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontists making me a member in the College of Diplomats of the American Board of Orthodontists. Additionally, I stay current with all the literature related to my profession.
Outside of Work
After having been raised in Chatsworth, CA, I now call Westlake Village my home. My wife, Catherine, is a Rheumatologist who’s a Medical Director in charge of Quality of Care at Wellpoint. My son Connor attends the University of California, Berkeley and my other son, Dale, is a student at Westlake High School.
I love the outdoors, and being active is important to me, whether I’m hiking, cycling, snow skiing, or playing volleyball. I’m active at my church and enjoy participating in our outreach programs, including providing free meals for all in need. I also volunteer with raising funds to provide sustainable water and food sources in Africa and with Habitat for Humanity.
A fun fact about me: I have a collection of fossil teeth. Most of the collection is of shark teeth, some of which I’ve found myself, but there are also teeth from dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals, such as cave bears and saber tooth cats.