On Being an Orthodontist
A beautiful smile can provide a building block for increased self-esteem, a positive outlook, and self-confidence that enhances every day of a patient’s life. Being an orthodontist, I love that I am able to give each person a healthy, wonderful smile they love to share and that brightens the world.
As an orthodontist, I understand that each patient has different clinical needs, but all have the same goal of an amazing smile. It’s my job to find the treatment processes that are right for their unique situation and design a treatment plan that will develop the straight teeth, great oral health, and marvelous new smile in a manner that’s right for that person.
For me, my patients are what it’s all about. I love the energy and excitement they have and bring into our practice. They come here seeking a life-changing, beautiful smile, and that enthusiasm makes for a positive, fun atmosphere in which to work. I also appreciate the relationships I develop with my patients, getting to know each on a personal level and looking forward to hearing the latest news when they come for their visits. It’s always a treat to be included in their lives and I love that they choose to confide in me.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry, Deans List, University of Utah
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude, University of Nevada Las Vegas
- Orthodontic Residency and Chief Resident, University of Nevada Las Vegas
- Master of Science in Oral Biology, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Oral healthcare, and especially orthodontics, is a constantly changing field. With new developments in materials, treatment practices, and technologies, it’s essential that I stay on the leading-edge of knowledge in the field in order to provide my patients with the best care available. To do anything less is not acceptable. I am a board certified orthodontist and actively pursue continuing education throughout the year, including through the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Board of Orthodontics, in order to remain current.
I was born and raised in Price, UT, and now call Farmington, NM, my home. My wife Cortney and I have two young children, our daughter, Lexi, and our son, Hunter. We have a family dog, Moose, too. Away from work, I prefer to spend time with my family, especially when we can be outdoors. I also enjoy hiking, camping, horseback riding, and ATVs and snowmobiles. You can often find me making log furniture and working on my classic car as well.