I have always felt children are special gifts to be valued and appreciated for their special nature and innocence. I have always loved connecting with each child to make their dental experiences and health the best they can possibly be. I view pediatric dentistry as an opportunity to truly care for children, taking into account all of their medical, dental, development, and emotional needs.
I have never believed that dental treatment is inherently painful or that it is an uncomfortable ordeal that must be endured. Our hope is that our patients grow up to be confident adult dental patients who value dental health and pass that down to their own children.
My team and I embrace the concept of treating the children as individuals, with the same care and respect we would give our own children. It is remarkable to me that members of our team come from such different backgrounds, culturally, geographically, and educationally and yet we all work together so well for the common goal of caring for our patients. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a great team.
So that I can focus on ways to improve our service and care of our patients I am no longer performing restorative treatment. I am fortunate, however, to have found pediatric dentists who share our philosophies of care and who I trust to make decisions that are in the best interests of our patients.
Education and Continuing Education
I was fortunate to attend the University of Washington in Seattle for my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (GO DAWGS!). After graduating in 1989 I practiced general dentistry for 14 years. In 2003 I returned to school at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC to pursue further education in my true interest, the care of children.
I am intrigued with new research and work being done in the prevention and treatment of dental disease especially with the use of more natural therapies. I feel the role of a dentist should extend well beyond the current clinical model and should incorporate the most current concepts in prevention, restoration, and maintenance.
I love refining our team's practice of pediatric dentistry as we continue learning about pediatric dentistry, prevention of disease, and child development.
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- Virginia Society of Pediatric Dentists
- American Dental Association
- Virginia State Dental Association
Outside the Office
I grew up in Eastern Washington State where the summers were hot and the winters long and cold. I moved to Northern Virginia in 2003 to pursue the specialty of pediatric dentistry. I have enjoyed building my life here with my wife and our two children. I am most passionate about being a good dad to my kids and a good husband to my wife. I love maximizing our time together as I know time goes quickly.
When I’m not in the office, I spend time with my family, traveling with them and just doing the day-to-day activities like riding bikes together and going to parks. I also enjoy include playing tennis, running, hiking, photography, and following Seattle and DC sports teams!
Community Involvement/Charitable Giving
- Dentists with a Heart
- Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department
- Boulder Crest Retreat
- Loudoun Interfaith
- Children’s National Medical Center
- PTA and elementary school organizations