It is an honor to be part of a profession that allows for such personal and one-on-one interaction with people. As a dentist there is nothing more fulfilling than helping patients achieve optimum oral health and an aesthetically pleasing smile that enhances their self-esteem and confidence.
The connection between a person’s dental health and the health of their body cannot be underestimated. Many patients do not understand this interaction so our team devotes a lot of our time to teaching. When a patient learns how to improve their oral health and sees the change in their body’s overall wellness we are all thrilled!
Education and Experience
I grew up in Pullman, WA graduating from Pullman High School in 1975. I attended Utah State University for my first year of college. I then served a two-year Spanish-speaking mission for the LDS Church in the Philadelphia, PA area. Upon returning home I resumed my studies at Washington State University completing a BS degree in Zoology in 1981.
I attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry graduating in 1985 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. I served as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force from 1985-1991. During my service in the Air Force I was awarded two Commendation Medals and the National Defense Medal (Desert Storm).
While in the Air Force I received additional training in periodontal treatment (gum disease). Following this training I was given oversight of the periodontal care for all active-duty patients at the two bases where I was stationed. Without this training these patients would have been referred off-site for their treatment. I also worked closely with the Air Force Reserve periodontists when they visited our clinics.
After completing my service in 1991 I returned to Pullman to a private dental practice with a focus on family-friendly care.
A large part of my commitment to my patients and my profession is Continuing Education. I regularly complete both didactic and hands-on courses with an emphasis on aesthetics, periodontal disease, and implant restoration. Through these courses I am able to stay abreast of current treatment concepts, learn about new developments, and review research findings, etc.
I’m an active member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Spokane District Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry. I have been a member of the Intermountain Odontology Study Club (an affiliate of the Seattle Study Club) since it's inception 10+ years ago.
Beyond the Practice
My beautiful wife Amalia (Molly) is a breast cancer survivor. We have five terrific children — Stefany, Dustin, Kyle, Ryan, and Eric — as well as seven incredible grandchildren. When not in the office Molly and I often go to visit them. I also enjoy sports, camping, hiking, fishing, and travel (especially historical sites).
While in high school I achieved the Eagle Scout Award as a member of the Boy Scouts of America. For a number of years after returning to Pullman I would spend my summer vacations with my sons and their troop at Camp Grizzly helping them and other young men earn their Eagle Scout awards.