My work allows me to make a fundamental change in a person’s life. Whether it is as simple as fixing the chip in a front tooth or as complex as reconstructing a dentition/oral function damaged by acid erosion, I get to contribute to my patients’ wellness and happiness.
As much as I have changed my patients’ lives, they have done so even more in mine. My patients teach me something new every day. I learn about restaurants, hiking trails, and beaches, as well as personal success and even failures. They make my days exciting and my life more fulfilled.
Education and Continuing Education
- Undergraduate Degree – University of Michigan
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Michigan School of Dentistry
- General Practice Residency – New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weil Cornell Campus
Dentistry is about so much more than just treating teeth. It is about treating the whole person. Our bodies are an integrated system and it is imperative to understand how it all comes together. Attending advanced continuing education allows me to provide oral healthcare in the context of total health care and understand how the science of dental medicine is merged with the artistry of dental therapy.
As a member of the SPEAR Faculty Club and Study Club, I am able to learn new concepts and expand my knowledge of the latest techniques in dental therapy delivery/execution through hands-on workshops. I am also active with the Seattle Study Club, which offers monthly seminars and workshops taught by nationally and internationally recognized educators in dentistry, pharmacology, and practice management. It encourages cooperative learning between dental professionals and the exchange of ideas and techniques that help each of us grow as professionals.
- American Dental Association
- Arizona Dental Association
- SPEAR Faculty Club
- Seattle Study Club
Outside the Office
I have been married to Rohit since 2003. We met when I crashed his 16th birthday party and the rest is a beautiful and dramatic love story.
Away from work, I am a mom and wife who lives in the community she serves. On any weekend, I can be found at mountain bike races crewing and cheering for my husband, or cheering for my three daughters at track and swim meets. Our doggie Maximillian gets attention, too. She loves to hike the trails in the McDowell Mountains and explore the desert. She also loves to run, which has been great for keeping me moving and staying fit. If she does not get her run/walk in, she will eat my couch, and I really like my couch.
I believe very strongly in kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. It is with these three principles in mind that I live my life. I strive every day and in every aspect of life to apply these principles.