As every parent knows, working with children definitely keeps you on your toes. But all it takes is one smile or funny comment to completely make your day!
Being a pediatric dentist is easily the most rewarding field in dentistry. By working hand-in-hand with families, I am able to help establish good oral health practices. At every visit, I try my utmost to make sure each child has a positive, stress-free experience.
All treatment is provided in a safe, supportive environment where the children we see are greeted with the warmth and respect they would receive were they our own. Dental appointments can also sometimes be stressful for the rest of the family, so I do all I can to work with the parents and make their visit an easy and enjoyable one, as well.
The best part of alleviating anxiety about the dentist in children is getting them to enjoy seeing us as much as we enjoy seeing them! This positive outlook toward their dental visits, and self-care learned by my patients, leads to a lifetime of winning experiences at the dentist for them and their families.
Our practice is welcoming and friendly. It is dedicated to providing gentle, comprehensive, and quality oral health care tailored to your child’s dental and emotional needs. We strive to be a leader in pediatric oral healthcare delivery and education for children, parents, and other healthcare providers.
My educational background consists of:
- University of Washington, Bachelor of Science, Cell and Molecular Biology (GO HUSKIES!!!!) 2004
- University of Washington, Doctorate of Dental Surgery, 2008
- University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters in Oral Sciences, 2010
- University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and Medical Center, Pediatric Dentistry Specialty Residency and certificate, 2010
- Diplomate, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2008
- Board Certification, Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, 2011
- Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2012
- Basic Life Support
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
It is my belief that education never ends. Staying relevant requires constant modification of, and addition to, one’s existing knowledge. So I do all I can to stay on top of current technology and research. The educational opportunities I pursue regularly exceed the amount required for my yearly continuing education classes in all aspects of pediatric dentistry.
Participation in professional organizations affords me an opportunity to discuss the latest advances with a large body of colleagues while having access to the latest research and findings within my field.
Consequently, I am an active member of the following professional organizations:
- American Dental Association
- Diplomate, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Board Certification, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Diplomates
- Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Immediate-Past President, executive board, Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society.
- Washington State Dental Association
I grew up in Olympia and attended Capital High School. My father is a dentist as well and some of my earliest memories are of my two brothers and I playing with the "water gun" and "super straw" in my dad's office (I'm sure we made quite the mess at times!). Due to my father's influence I always had an interest in dentistry growing up. While attending the University of Washington for college I used to volunteer once a week in the dental clinic at Children's Hospital in Seattle. The experiences I had there solidified for me that I wanted to pursue a career in dentistry, specifically working with children.
After college I was fortunate enough to be accepted at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. After four years of dental school I was offered a residency position in the pediatric dental specialty program at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry and Medical Center. In Chicago I spent two years solely focusing on treating children in both clinical and hospital settings. I also conducted research at the university and was awarded a master's in oral sciences.
While training in Chicago, I really grew to miss the Puget Sound area. As a lifelong Olympia native, I am really pleased to have been able to return to my home town and establish my own practice.
I have always been an avid sports fan, especially college sports (Go Huskies!). In my free time, I enjoy fishing, golfing, and traveling. I also enjoy cooking and trying new foods. I may often be found attempting new recipes (not always successfully!) — hoping to discover something I have been missing out on.