I love being able to help people.
Too often, healthcare is about imposing a view or telling patients what they need. As a dentist, I love being different and, instead, collaborating with my patients to understand and then achieve what they really want.
Every day at Springfield Dental Care, we discuss options for people they didn’t know existed; sometimes this means they can solve dental problems they’ve lived with for years, while other times people they don’t “have” to do some treatment that another dentist has recommended.
I value being treated as an individual and strive to maintain that personal experience for each person who comes through our doors. I have worked in places where folks were treated like a number. I felt that experience was lacking and the care provided was substantially worse than what was available – if only we could have spent more time learning what was important to that person.
My team and I truly do work with our patients to determine what they want and then deliver it for them. We are happy to spend our days with people who want to maintain or improve their quality of life and are thrilled to be their partners in the process!
Education and Experience
I’ve been practicing dentistry for about 15 years. I grew up in a dental environment, watching my father practice dentistry in Denver, Colorado. He had a great passion for the people he was lucky to serve. I wanted that opportunity as well, but I chose to do so in Southwest Missouri, where I wanted to make my home.
I attended Creighton University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, prior to starting my dental schooling. I completed a Bachelor’s in Medical Science and my Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Science Center School of Dentistry in 2006.
Following dental school, I practiced alongside my father for two years, before moving to Springfield in 2008.
Continuing Education and Professional Affiliations
Like all areas of healthcare, dentistry is a constantly advancing field. Research leads to innovative new technologies, materials, and methodologies, many of which improve diagnostics, treatment, and outcome.
I am a member of the:
- American Dental Association
- Missouri Dental Association
- Greater Springfield Dental Society, Past President
- Academy of General Dentistry
These organizations offer numerous opportunities for me to learn about the latest changes in dentistry. I carefully evaluate the new options and integrate those which are proven to provide excellent value into the practice. This ensures we are offering patients the best modern dental solutions!
Beyond the Office
If I’m not seeing patients, you’ll likely find me with family. Tara, my wife, and I have two kids who keep us busy. Tara worked in dentistry as a hygienist and in our office she has helped out in every role. Now, her professional focus is on serving dental practices remotely.
We love living in the Ozarks and have made Southwest Missouri our home. The people and natural beauty, as well as the recreational offerings, make this exactly what we always wanted!
My favorite ways to spend free time are racing motorcycles, along with fixing and restoring old motorcycles. I also make the most of time at the lake and traveling with my family: we love adventurous activities!