Improving Lives, One Person at a Time
I feel fortunate to have achieved my dream of becoming a dentist. In the 30 years I’ve been practicing I’ve met many interesting people, shared stories and laughter, and developed wonderful friendships. Each patient is unique and it’s enjoyable to get to know them personally, not only professionally. I don’t care for just teeth: I care for the whole person.
I really enjoy working one-to-one with people. I want to learn who they are and share in their lives. A lot of my time with a patient is spent teaching them about oral health and how it affects their overall wellbeing. I encourage each person to be proactive in caring for their dental health: I want my patients to keep their teeth, and beautiful smiles, for life!
I’m proud of my team. We enjoy working together and have fun while always being aware of our responsibility to our patients. I’m pleased to have had my younger sister here in the practice since day one. Twenty years later, my oldest nephew joined Raleigh Dental as our second dentist. We have a family-friendly environment and love caring for patients from three years old through ninety-nine – and up!
Education and Continuing Education
I attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for my undergraduate studies and then my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). I continue to be involved with the UNC Dental School, taking many continuing education courses. These present new materials and techniques in an unbiased manner. I also take courses sponsored by many dental organizations, ensuring my skills and knowledge are constantly refreshed. I also take yearly CPR and medical emergency classes.
Continuing education keeps me up-to-date on new restorative materials, bonding, and cementing techniques. I’m constantly learning about medical conditions that impact a person’s teeth, such as reflux, and learning to recognize health issues that patients may not be aware they have. My goal is to improve my patients’ health, both dentally and bodily.
- American Dental Association
- National Academy of General Dentistry
- North Carolina Dental Association/Society
- Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society
I grew up in Southern Pines, NC, in The Sandhills. It was a wonderful place, with small neighborhoods and everyone feeling like a member of one’s extended family. Now I live in the downtown area of Raleigh. Things are growing fast, here, and it’s been – and will remain – a great place to call home.
I’m fortunate to have all my close family close by me: my two sisters and two nephews. Time with them keeps me busy! My great-nieces and great-nephews are busy with many activities and sports, so I get to support them and their interests. I also enjoy going to Carolina basketball and football games and am a huge Hurricanes fan. Of course, I enjoy going to the coast and relaxing, too.