I grew up in small town Oklahoma—the kind of town where gossip spreads like wildfire and everyone knew your name... including the dentist. As a kid, I never feared the dentist; in fact, I enjoyed visiting with him every six months. He was a good man with strong family values and a gentle nature. He had the uncanny ability to put his patients at ease the moment they walked into the office, whether they were there for a routine cleaning or a root canal. He not only treated his patients like longtime friends, but he provided them with high quality, custom dental care. He didn't know it at the time, but he was my mentor.
Because of him, I always knew I wanted to be a dentist, but it took me a while to find my way. I started college before I was ready; I didn’t feel like I was grown-up enough, or had enough life experience, to decide what I was going to do for the rest of my days. I decided to hit the real world for a few years - I dabbled in sales, I waited tables, I drove cross-country in an 18-wheeler, and I even worked for a tree service before I decided, “it’s time to stop messing around.” No matter what I was doing, my heart was set on dentistry - and it couldn’t be swayed. So I did what I should have done in the first place; I got back in school, finished my degree, earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery, and started my own practice.
In many ways, the few years I spent beating around the bush have greatly benefited my dental career. I’m able to pull from all those life experiences and apply them to my practice. I’m able to connect with many of my patients in a multitude of different ways. After all, great dentistry isn’t just about the fillings and drillings; it’s about the people. Like my hometown dentist, I’ve made it my goal to relate to each and every one of my patients—to put them at ease while providing them with the best possible dentistry I can.
My staff and I love it when a patient feels comfortable enough to open, not only their mouth, but their heart and soul. We’re not here to judge; we’re here to help. We understand that many of you have had a bad experience in the past and now you’re scared, uncomfortable, or self-conscious. Well, we don’t care about your past. We care about your present and your future. And if we’re lucky, we'll be a part of it.