Why did you want to become a dentist?
I'd always wanted to be in the medical field because of the human connection, and I was really enamored with the technical challenge that dentistry brings. I knew from speaking to my grandfather, aunt and uncle (all dentists who graduated from OHSU) how rewarding dentistry could be. Their enthusiasm for the profession and their patients really helped me decide that dentistry was the best career for me.
What do you love about your job?
I really enjoy meeting new people and helping many of them work through their dental anxieties. Dentistry requires us to be very precise while also treating patients who greatly differ from each other. My passion comes from the excitement that each day brings. I get to improve people's oral health while taking part in the ever-improving modern dentistry.
What makes you different from other dentists?
I understand that no two patients are alike. At Belmont Family Dentistry, everyone gets our undivided attention as well as individualized care. With your help, we’ll come up with a custom plan that will provide the oral care you need and deserve. This plan works at whatever level and pace that you need.
How do you feel when you give people great dental care?
I am always proud when a patient gives us a compliment about their excellent care. I do every procedure with the expectation that it's going to last a long time and beat the patient’s best desires. I also look forward to checking my work's quality when I see each patient for his or her routine checkup.
Why is it important for you to create a welcoming, nonjudgmental environment for patients?
I find that most new patients feel guilty that they haven't been to the dentist in a while. This can actually create a barrier to them coming in. We never judge a person, no matter what’s kept them from seeing a dentist. We’re just happy that they did make it in! Once they get here, we want to show them how different our office is and how welcoming we are.
What kind of relationship do you want to cultivate with your patients?
I would like every one of our patients to feel like their individual needs are being met. This will hopefully lead to a long-term relationship that is mutually valued.
What are your credentials?
I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and my Doctorate degree from Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry. I kept a part-time position as an associate clinical professor at OHSU from 2006-2010, and I'm still a frequent lecturer for the school.
Before I purchased the practice on Belmont in 2009, I worked in Canby and Southeast Portland. I frequently expand my dental knowledge by attending continuing education courses.
In 2012, I was elected President of the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry and served a one-year term. In 2013, I was given the honor of being a CEREC Mentor and Trainer — this means I get to travel all around the country teaching other dentists how to use CAD/CAM dental technology.
I’m a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, Oregon Dental Association, Multnomah Dental Society and the Graduate Chapter of Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.
What are some other cool things about you?
I live in Portland with my wife, Amanda, also an OHSU graduate who practices dentistry in Vancouver, Washington. We have a son Isaac, daughter Arden, dog Nora and cat Coral. When I’m not solving the world’s problems one cavity at a time, I enjoy running marathons, visiting OMSI and the Oregon Zoo (with the kids, of course) and watching college football and the Blazers.