Care for Your Family’s Smiles
Since childhood I have been interested in the medical field. I took anatomy and physiology classes in high school and college. In college I was also intrigued by family psychology and considered becoming a marriage and family therapist. Then I took a “Preview into Dentistry” course and discovered that my interest in Marriage, Family, and Human Development blended perfectly with dentistry.
I, and my team, strive to make everyone’s dental experience a positive one. I like a slower paced environment, which allows for more individual care and attention. I used to work in a busy dental clinic and did not like the “herd them in, herd them out” style. I want time with my patients and feel they deserve nothing less.
I enjoy seeing my patients leaving with smiles on their faces. I love hearing about their lives and what’s going on. I like sharing in their accomplishments and learning about their interests. I particularly like being the “family dentist” – I truly want to care for the whole family, from children through grandparents. I have the greatest patients and am honored to care for them.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in Marriage, Family, and Human Development – Brigham Young University
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
My goal, as a dentist, is provide the best patient experience possible. It’s more than just great results: it’s attentive, personalized care that’s gentle and effective. In order to do this, I must stay current on the latest developments in technology, techniques, and materials. This ensures the most efficient and comfortable care.
Each year I complete many hours of continuing dental education. By attending seminars, lectures, and conferences, I learn from leaders in the profession. I’ve completed many courses in implant dentistry, advanced material science, and patient psychology, among other topics.
The Sandia Smiles Dental Center Team
My team feels like family. I’ve taken great care, over the years, in building my team. I approach hiring an employee as if I was hiring a sibling. We work together and need to effectively communicate. I hope that when it comes time for me to retire, my staff is still with me.
When I hired our hygienists, their final interview was to clean MY teeth. I figure that I had to know how good they really were before I would allow them to work on my patients.
My staff strives to treat each patient as if they are a part of the Sandia Smile Family. We want to get to know each person and are genuinely interested in their lives. The picture of us jumping in the air speaks for itself. We’re full of life and love what we do!
I was born in Southern California and went to junior high and high school in Sandy, UT. I’ve lived in Rio Rancho since 2007. My home is less than three miles from our office; it’s wonderful to work and serve the community where I live.
I’ve been happily married to my best friend for more than 15 years. We met over 20 years ago, in high school, and I look forward to another fifty (or more!) years together. (My grandparents are both 93 and have been together more than 70 years!)
We have four children, two girls and two boys. They all attend local schools in Rio Rancho. The majority of the rest of my family lives out of state, but I do have a sister in Corrales. We love to get together for parties at her home.
When not working, you’ll usually find me spending time with my family. I love watching my kids’ band, orchestra, and piano concerts. I also enjoy supporting their soccer, basketball, and tennis teams, watching ballet recitals, and participating in church activities. In spite of all the busy family and church responsibilities, my wife and I make time each week for “Date Night.”