I was 10 years old when I decided I wanted to be an orthodontist. I had 2 extra front teeth and needed the magic of my orthodontist (with the help of oral surgeons and gum doctors) to help me fix my smile. It was life-changing for my smile, and my orthodontist made my treatment so much fun that I decided that I wanted to help other people in the same way! I love to make people laugh, smile, and feel welcome in our practice. I can't wait to get to know you. Here's a little bit about me;
Prior to becoming an orthodontist, I attended the University of Arizona for my Bachelor of Science in molecular and cellular biology, and graduated summa cum laude. I earned my Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Oregon Health & Sciences University, and my Master of Science in oral biology and certificate of orthodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry.
As an orthodontist, I know that my continuing education is critical to doing my job well. I stay at the forefront of the latest orthodontic methods so I can ensure my patients receive the best care possible. As a part of my continuing education, I am active in several study clubs that focus on patient treatment, practice efficiency, and the latest technologies in orthodontics. I am also board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics — a distinction held by fewer than half of all orthodontists in the United States, and only two in Eugene.
I am also active in the dental community and a member of the Lane County Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Northwest Angle Society of Orthodontists, and Charles H. Tweed International Foundation. I focus my studies on the latest advances in orthodontics — including Invisalign®, TADS, and cone beam CT. Continuing education is an invaluable part of my practice life and allows me to offer the best, most advanced, and comprehensive care for my patients.
This is a picture of a humanitarian mission I went on to Ghana, Africa, while I was in the U.S. Army. As a forward deployed dentist, I was trained to treat soldiers in a field environment — think dentistry in a tent!
Community involvement is important to me as well. I love giving back to the community that has given so much me. We sponsor sports teams, school auctions, patient endeavors, Ophelia’s Place, Coburg Community Charter School, and Junior Achievement of Western Oregon. We provide more than $5,000 a year in school grants (click here for more information), and many other activities. If you have a great cause you think we need to be involved with, please let me or my office know. We love to help out!
My Favorite Things
I was born in Austin, Texas, but moved around a lot since my father was in the Air Force. My wife and I have lived in Eugene since 2002, and love raising our children here. We have four children: Chloe, Alice, Andrew, and Colin.
In my spare time, I run marathons. I have completed the five major world marathons in Berlin, New York, Chicago, London, and Boston. I thoroughly enjoy running and the camaraderie that comes along with meeting people through running. I also enjoy traveling, hiking, snow and water skiing, and boating with my family.
In addition to staying active, I am also passionate about helping my community. I am a member of the Lane County Dental Society and Junior Achievement, teach classes at Lane Community College, and support local sports teams, schools, and activities.