The dental profession has been a blessing to me. It has allowed me to meet some people who are truly inspirational and incredible. I understand that people typically don’t “love” going to the dentist, but my desire is to change the dental experience and make it genuinely enjoyable.
Education is a vital aspect of my treatment philosophy. Most people are unaware of the systemic and whole body effects that poor dental health can have, from self-esteem and confidence to physical illness. I enjoy when that moment changes for people, and they see the value in maintaining or even the ability to improve their lives. Let’s be honest: I’m not saving the world one tooth at a time, but if I can make a positive impact in one person’s life then it’s worth it to me.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Arts in biology – Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis, 2009
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Indiana University School of Dentistry, 2013
I really enjoy learning new techniques and ways to help my patients, and I strive to be a lifelong student to allow for continual growth and knowledge. Continuing my education is the only way to ensure the best quality of care and range of treatment is offered to patients. It also allows me to offer the vast majority of dental services in-house and reduce the number of times a patient has to drive to a specialist’s office for treatment.
The majority of my continuing education has been related to Invisalign®, oral surgery, implant placement, bone grafting, CEREC® for design and fabrication of same-day crowns and restorations, and facial aesthetics courses. I have also completed training in sedation dentistry to address patients’ needs for sedation and anxiety management.
- International Team for Implantology, member
- International Dental Implant Association, fellow
Outside the Office
I was born in Anderson, Indiana and grew up just west of Indianapolis in a small town called New Palestine. I currently reside in downtown Indianapolis, close to friends and family.
I was married in 2018 to Liz. We met when she was my property manager at my last apartment complex. I had so many issues with flooring and pipes that she and I spent a lot of time together. I talked her into going on a date by saying, “Don’t worry, it’s not like we are getting married,” and from there it’s all history! We don’t have children yet, but we do have a Husky/Beagle mix named Dasha.
When I’m not in the office, I like physical activities, including hiking, working out at the gym, and running races. Traveling the world and experiencing different cultures, foods, and festivals is another thing I truly enjoy. Like a good Indiana native, I love the Colts and Pacers.
Being active in the community personally and as an office is really important to me. This community has given the office so much, and it’s only natural that we give back in kind. I enjoy volunteering and am in several organizations that are humanitarian and philanthropy-focused, and schedule private dental days for free dental services throughout the year.