I LOVE orthodontics!
I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming into my office, every day, many people with unique smiles and stories. Then I get to learn those stories while transforming their smiles. Building real connections with people, while giving them beautiful smiles that boost their self-confidence: what could be more amazing?
Personal interaction with my patients is very important to me. I want each person who comes to my office to feel that their visit was the highlight of their day!
I am blessed to be part of this amazing profession and treasure each person who has come into my life as a result of what I do.
Orthodontics is a constantly advancing specialty. I choose to participate in continuing education (CE) to make sure I am up-to-date on the latest information: not just technical but also the tremendous surge in digital orthodontics.
Through study groups and the CE offered by professional organizations, I keep current with emerging research, new methodologies and materials, and the latest trends. By carefully evaluating developments and new options, I am able to incorporate the best – those that increase comfort, efficiency, effectiveness – into the practice and into patient care.
I am a second-generation orthodontist and was fortunate to have spent time in my father’s orthodontic practice while I was growing up. It was fascinating to see the transformation of a smile and to see how straightening teeth completely changed a person!
I attended the University of Kansas, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Then came dental school, at the University of Iowa, where I obtained my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). My orthodontic residency, and Master of Science (MS) in Orthodontics, was through the University of Tennessee, in Memphis.
In 1996, I completed my post-doctorate orthodontic specialty training and returned to Topeka to serve my hometown in my father’s practice.