Creating positive relationships with kids is my goal: I want my patients to feel secure and respected, and for each to know I am here for them and personally care about their well-being. I truly love helping a nervous kid work through his or her fears —offering lots of encouragement and praise for a positive appointment — and equally love being able to get a child out of pain. Most of all, I love establishing early oral health and comfort in the dental office.
It is fulfilling to promote children’s oral health as part of their overall wellness. I strive to develop partnerships with parents by working together as the child grows. As a father, I understand a parent’s desires and concerns. I welcome the opportunity to establish open communication in order to answer a family’s questions, address issues, and ensure they have the information needed to make informed decisions about their child’s oral health.
Spending my days with children — each with their own warm, spontaneous, and ever-growing personality — is an honor. I value my patients for who they are, and who they are becoming, and care for each as I would my own child.
Education and Experience
Before becoming a pediatric dentist, I completed a Bachelor of Science in dietetics at Iowa State University. I worked as a registered dietitian for several years before deciding to return to school and pursue my dental degree and specialty training.
I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery by the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. This was followed by a rigorous two-year specialty training in pediatric dentistry. This postdoctoral program focused on the unique oral health concerns of children, behavior management, and addressing the needs of children with developmental and other concerns.
In the more than ten years since completing my specialty training, I have had the honor of meeting and caring for many remarkable children. Each has brightened my life, provided a lot of laughter and excitement, and encouraged me to constantly grow and adapt to their needs.
Constant Learning and Professional Affiliations
Pediatric dentistry is a steadily advancing specialty. Through continuing education, I stay current on the latest developments and best practices. Learning new information enhances the services I provide and ensures I offer the best treatment for positive experiences.
I currently work as an adjunct assistant clinical professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, teaching dental students and residents.
I am board certified by and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and an active member of the:
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Iowa Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Iowa Dental Association
Beyond the Office
Family is my priority when I’m not seeing patients. My wife and I have three boys and we spend many hours outdoors, enjoying hiking, kayaking, and biking adventures. We enjoy supporting our sons’ many interests and activities, too, and treasure our time with friends and extended family.