The field of dentistry has allowed me to operate a people-centered business that provides me with unlimited opportunities to develop myself personally as well as professionally. It allows me to combine my love of working to help others while at the same time, developing deep and long lasting friendships with patients and staff. My patients and staff never cease to amaze and inspire me. This is why I work so hard to continually earn my patients’ trust. I am committed to improving my clinical skills on a continual basis so that my patients may always be able to count on me to meet their needs.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in Biology – University of California at Santa Barbara, 1980
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Emory University, 1986
I am passionate about continually improving my clinical skills and increasing my level of knowledge by reading and taking advanced dental training. I find that education not only helps me grow professionally, but personally as well. Through my advanced training, I have achieved a higher level of knowledge and clinical skill which allow me to offer my patients the very latest in dental treatment.
Most recently, in 2013 I completed a one year dental implant residency at Loma Linda Unviersity. In 2012, I graduated from UCLA’s Sleep Apnea Residency program where I earned over 70 hours of CE credit in the field of sleep apnea and oral facial pain. In recent years, I have earned certificates of graduation from several dental residency programs while attending the Esthetic Professionals Dental Education Center in Los Angeles. These programs included dental implant surgery, cosmetic dentistry, and prosthodontics. Fresh ideas, gained through continuing education, are continually flowing into the practice and this has had a very positive impact on the patients as well as the patients and staff.
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Outside the Office
I grew up in Burbank California, the middle of seven children. My father was an aerospace engineer for Lockheed Aircraft Co. designing top-secret aircraft such as the U2 and SR71 Blackbird. I am certain that this is where I developed my initial love of science and technology.
Growing up, I was active in scouting and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. My experience in scouting taught me much about leadership, which I feel has helped me be successful in life as well as in business. I went on to attend high school at Notre Dame in Sherman Oaks, California where I excelled in the classroom and the football field. In addition to high school football, I played 2 years of college football. What I learned through sports was teamwork, discipline, and the notion of success through hard work.
I am married to my wonderful wife, Jacqueline, and we have two beautiful Golden Retrievers named Daisy and Delilah. My wife is a manager with the city of Pasadena. When not working, we greatly enjoy spending time at home, and when we can, we love to travel and visit with family and friends.
Jacqueline and I are both certified scuba divers and have had the opportunity to visit and dive in some of the world’s most remote and exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Galapagos Islands, East Africa, and the Fijian Islands. Of course, Southern California also offers great diving opportunities as well. I am an avid underwater photographer and these locations have not only offered me wonderful cultural experiences but have also allowed me to photograph some of the world’s most exotic sea creatures.