My career in dentistry has been a great opportunity to meet so many people from diverse backgrounds. I treasure the friendships I’ve made and all I have learned from the people I serve. Each has unique stories and experiences to share; I love hearing about their lives and getting to know them on a personal level.
As a dentist, I enjoy being able to talk people through any treatment they may need, even if they are feeling apprehensive. And I love for people to feel informed and empowered in their own healthcare. Sometimes that knowledge is enough for a person to make a fresh start in their home care and, in doing so, improve their long-term oral health and wellbeing!
I have practiced dentistry since 2010. It is a fantastic balance between technical, artistic, and interpersonal skills. No two days are ever the same: every patient and each procedure requires a thoughtful new approach to deliver the ideal results, and that keeps me engaged and excited.
At the same time, my profession is all about the people I see and care for. It is a fantastic feeling when a patient tells me this was their best dental experience, or that we’ve exceeded their expectations! I want each patient to know I genuinely care about them as a person and strive to deliver care to achieve optimal oral health and smiles they love to share.
I attended the University of Washington for my undergraduate studies and my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.
These days, it is imperative for a general dentist to have a broad base of knowledge so we can guide each patient to their optimal treatment. I seek out continuing education in order to stay current on the latest advancements in technologies and techniques, along with research and trends. By having in-depth knowledge of dental specialties, I am able to provide patients with the best treatment, as well as advise individuals if there is a need for them to see a specialist.
I am an active member of the Bellingham Interdisciplinary Study Club, a group of general dentists and specialists. We meet to collaboratively treatment plan and study complex cases. I also attend the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference, Washington State’s dental convention.
Among the topics I have studied in-depth are dental implants, restorative treatment, treatment planning, considerations of treatment for individuals with complex medical needs, endodontics, orthodontics, and oral surgery.
- Mount Baker District Dental Society
- Washington State Dental Association
- American Dental Association
Beyond the Office
I grew up here in Bellingham and returned with my family in 2014. My husband Sam and I have two lovely kids, Zoe and James. Much to their dismay, we still do not have any pets!
I love to get outside and am thrilled to try almost any sport. Sam and I are working on introducing our kids to amazing adventures and opportunities in Bellingham and beyond. We all love to get out mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and snowboarding and skiing – I enjoy both of the latter but am only good at one of them! If left to my own devices, I love to get out in the woods for a bike ride or do a bit of gardening around our home.