Providing dentistry for children requires a calling. As a profession, it requires having a strong clinical skill set, a keen understanding of medical conditions, knowledge and application of child psychology, and most importantly, compassion and patience. I have always enjoyed working with children and adolescents, and love being able to help them with their oral health needs.
Each day, as I meet with new patients and their parents, I challenge myself to make a positive impact during their visit. Many parents come burdened with fear, from their own past experiences, wishing their child will not have to go through the same.
I am reminded daily of the responsibility parents place in my hands, to treat their children with the utmost care and respect. I listen to my patients’ concerns and strive to provide a caring, safe environment in which to have their treatment. It is through each encounter, one patient at a time, that we are able to make a difference in the lives of those we are honored to serve.
I provide lip and tongue tie treatment using a soft tissue laser. I have been trained and certifed to use the dental laser since 2002.
Education and Continuing Education
- Board Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Loma Linda University, Doctorate of Dental Surgery
- Loma Linda University, Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry
- Loma Linda University, Master of Public Health in Health Administration
- Loma Linda University, Master of Science in Physiology
- Johns Hopkins University, Graduate Studies
- University of Maryland at College Park, Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology
- World Clinical Laser Institute
Each year I attend lectures and simulations, and take online courses, to gain knowledge of the latest trends and techniques in treating pediatric dental patients.
Since 2003 I have served as Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at Loma Linda University, where I deliver lectures and participate in research. I know that learning is a lifelong process.
As a board-certified pediatric dentist I take additional courses that other pediatric dentists do not take, further enhancing my knowledge and expertise in the field of pediatric dentistry. By participating in continuing education courses, I am developing my knowledge base, which allows me to learn new ways to help treat my patients.
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Diplomate
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- San Diego County Dental Society
- California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry
I have lived in San Diego since 2005. My wife Lisa and I met while students at Loma Linda University; she is a speech therapist. When I’m not caring for my patients or teaching, I enjoy exploring San Diego, whether that’s running by Mission Bay, exploring the tidepools near Cabrillo, or wandering the museums at Balboa Park. I also enjoy playing tennis, reading nonfiction, and overseas mission trips.
I am passionate about providing dental care for children in underserved communities. I have had the opportunity to provide dental care for pediatric patients in Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, and Papua New Guinea. Being able to share my skills and help a child is incredibly rewarding.
Locally, I serve on an appointed committee through the San Diego County Dental Society. I also serve as a volunteer dentist at Clinic with a Heart, which offers a free dental treatment program. Additionally, I volunteer my time with the San Diego Mission, a homeless ministry in downtown San Diego. I am an active member of the Bonita Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, where I play guitar with the praise team.
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