I’m passionate about healthy smiles and the overall health and happiness of your child. Dental visits can be stressful for both child and parent. My goal is to have every child excited to come to the dentist.
The reason I entered my profession is because of my love and affinity for children. My happiest moments are when a child visits me for the first time, having been to multiple unsuccessful dental visits, and having the child leave comfortable and proud of themselves for what they’ve accomplished with my patience and guidance.
Children make me happy and keep me young. I can’t imagine myself in any other profession. Children amaze me every day. They’re so smart, impressionable, courageous, and capable. I love working in a profession where I get to influence a child for the better, in improving and maintaining a healthy beautiful smile.
Education and Continuing Education
- Undergraduate degree – Brigham Young University, Idaho
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
- Pediatric dental residency – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
- Board Certification - American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Certifications: Advanced Pediatric Life Support, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
Continuing education is very important to me because I want to offer the best and safest care to your child. We live in an ever-changing world where new innovations are created each day. By keeping up with the latest technologies, I can help you make the best decision for your son or daughter.
I regularly attend national and regional pediatric dental meetings and continuing education seminars, and subscribe to many pediatric dental journals and magazines to stay up to date on the most evidence-based treatments available. Things we believe impossible today could be the standard of care tomorrow.
- Marquette University School of Dentistry
- Academic lecturer
- Clinical instructor
- Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
- Attending faculty dentist: pediatric dental residency
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Academy of LDS Dentists
Outside the Office
I was born in Bountiful, Utah, but spent most of my young life in Ashland, Ohio. At age 13, I moved back to Utah and attended Uintah High School in Vernal. It was there where I grew to love music and musical theater, and I acted in such roles as The Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz,” Reuben in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and Frankie in “Forever Plaid.” It’s this love of music that results in frequent outbursts of “Let it Go,” “The Wheels on the Bus,” and “The Buzz Lightyear Song” to help ease your child’s dental anxiety.
I have two beautiful girls in my life: my lovely wife Emily and my jokester daughter Abigail. My wife loves to camp, hike, sleep in, and sew. Abigail loves to dance, play games, read books, and play hide and seek. I am a twin and my brother is an optometrist in Monument, Colorado.
When I’m not fixing teeth, I’m likely playing with Abigail, reading a fantasy book (Harry Potter is my favorite), riding my bike, or playing a board game. I also enjoy watching Pixar and DreamWorks movies.