Why I Love My Profession
I feel absolutely blessed to be an orthodontist! How amazing is it that I can serve patients of all ages and be their partner on a path that leads to a healthy, confident smile? I’ve seen the difference a beautiful smile can make for a young child who’s embarrassed to smile for school pictures, or adults who cover their mouth when speaking because they are uncomfortable about the appearance of their teeth. I know that the smiles we create together can truly transform the way a child or an adult interacts with the world at large!
My Educational Background and Commitment to Continuing Education
I received my Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where I was awarded my Doctorate in Dental Surgery. I continued my educational path with an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency as part of my four years of service in the U.S. Navy as a dental officer.
After the Navy, I returned to UNC Chapel Hill for a three-year combined certificate and Master of Science in orthodontics residency to become an orthodontic specialist.
I am a staunch believer that every professional, no matter what their field, owes it to themselves and those they serve to stay abreast of developments in their respective specialty. Seeking the best training and education always has been, and always will be, my priority, so I am confident that I am providing the most appropriate, effective, and advanced care for my patients.
- Charlotte County Dental Society, president 2015-2016, 2016-2017
- West Coast District Dental Society, delegate 2015-2017
- Florida Dental Association
- Florida Association of Orthodontists
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Society
- UNC Orthodontic Alumni Association
Outside of Work
When I’m not caring for my patients, you might find me practicing yoga, jogging with my dog, or trying new recipes. Most days I also try to soak in some of this wonderful Florida sunshine and enjoy the scenic waters of Charlotte Harbor in some way!
Personally, I am passionate about supporting our local community through organizations like Girls on the Run and partnerships with our schools. I realize that my profession allows me to interact with our youth during some of their most formative years, and I hope that I am a positive role model for these bright and enthusiastic minds — especially the young women who might also want to become a dentist or orthodontist one day!