I am passionate about dentistry and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to provide oral health care to our community. My goal is to provide quality comprehensive care that is tailored to satisfy the unique needs and desires of each individual patient. To accomplish this, I take time from the start to get to know my patients and to learn how I can best serve them.
Education and Continuing Education
I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington School of Dentistry, having completed a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology with honors from the University of Washington.
I stay active in study clubs and continuing education opportunities in order to stay current and to offer the most up-to-date techniques and technology. I have attended leading dental educational facilities throughout the country to gain in-depth knowledge of advanced concepts including: dental implant placement, bone-grafting, advanced dental implant restorations (crowns, bridges), dental occlusion, root canals, temporomandibular joints (TMJ, TMD), prosthodontics (complex cases, replacing missing teeth) and cosmetic dentistry.
My Practice Philosophy
There is no substitute for healthy teeth and gums. One of the hallmarks of my practice philosophy is to help educate patients so that they are able to effectively care for themselves and maintain their oral health. When treatment is necessary, my goal is to be as conservative as possible as I feel a “less is more” approach is beneficial to the patient and their long-term health.
As much as the challenges of dentistry are rewarding to me, it is my relationship with patients that I find the most gratifying. I truly enjoy getting to know my patients as individuals and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to care for them.
Family and Community
I was born and raised in Bellingham and am a fourth-generation resident of the community. My family includes my wife, Cristina, our children, Maya and Luke, and our rescue dog, Charlie. I love to cook and bake and am always looking to expand my skills. My family loves to get outside in nature, rain or shine. We especially enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and skiing. I’m also an avid Seahawks fan having grown up watching them play in the Kingdome with my Dad. More than anything, I love spending time with my family, even if it is just taking time to enjoy the simple things together.
We enjoy connecting with those in our community and recognize that everyone needs a helping hand from time-to-time. Our practice supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation to support children with life-threatening medical conditions. We also enjoy showing our appreciation to Veterans in our community by participating in Veteran’s Day dental outreach programs. For the past several years, we have supported programs like The Whatcom Dream, Brigid Collins, and Blue Skies for Children by helping to provide for those in need around the holiday season.