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. Click here to read more about this procedure and how it may assist your child.
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.
From 2003 to 2017 I have served as Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at Loma Linda University, where I delivered lectures and participate in research. I know that learning is a lifelong process. Currently, I serve as a Lecturer with the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Loma Linda University and as a Guest Lecturer at San Diego State University.
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
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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