The most enjoyable part of each and every day is hearing stories from my patients’ lives. We care for wonderful people and I like being able to reconnect with them at each visit, to hear their stories and share a few of my own. I believe getting to know my patients on a personal level is an essential part of the treatment process: It allows me to understand their orthodontic needs better, and how we can arrange an approach that meets all their requirements.
Growing up, I was always the “science guy,” and knew I wanted to do something in healthcare. When I was in college, I was fortunate to have a great role model and mentor who showed me how orthodontics can have a lasting, positive impact in people’s lives. That mentorship guided my educational decisions, and I have no doubt orthodontics was the right call.
I find a great deal of professional and personal satisfaction in being an orthodontist. I’m able to change a person’s life by improving their oral health and increasing the confidence with which they greet the world. Truly, what could be better?
We have an incredible team at Falls Orthodontics. Each person is knowledgeable, caring, and passionate about caring for others. They are always finding new ways to motivate and help our patients be successful, both in their orthodontic treatment and in their lives. We all work together, seamlessly, to provide the best patient care and make sure each patient knows they are important to us!
Education and Continuing Education
- Undergraduate studies – College of Idaho
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Nebraska College of Dentistry
- General practice residency – U.S. Air Force
- Orthodontic residency – University of Missouri-Kansas City
Continuing education keeps me current on orthodontic techniques, along with new materials and technology. I am able to bring that knowledge back to the practice and apply it to patient care. Each year I complete many advanced courses in orthodontics, including attendance at the annual session of the American Association of Orthodontists.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- World Federation of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
Beyond the Office
Twin Falls is my home town. I moved back after finishing my orthodontic residency, with my wife Janice, and we raised our two wonderful children here. Janice and I have been empty nesters for several years, but fortunately our children live in Idaho and we see one or both of them almost every week.
My family is important to me and my favorite times are spent with them. I especially enjoy family bicycling trips; in fact, my daughter and I conquered the Allegheny Passage. We biked around 350 miles of trails in less than a week!
I love swimming and am at the pool with my masters group most mornings. I also enjoy studying history and traveling to some of the places I’ve learned about. Although I don’t watch much TV, I really like watching the Tour de France and Kansas City Chiefs football games. Of course, I’m passionate about my alma mater, the College of Idaho, and often attend sporting and alumni events to support the Yotes!