Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time
Orthodontics is an incredible profession. Every day is spent with people who’ve decided to make a positive change in their health through straightening their teeth. It is an honor to be part of the process, partnering with each patient to achieve their best smile. My team, my patient, and I ensure treatment is efficient and enjoyable, and delivers the amazing smile they deserve.
I love to talk with my patients and get to know each on a personal level. Treatment usually takes place over a year or two and I see patients every four to six weeks. This allows plenty of time for us to build a relationship that often becomes a friendship. I look forward to the latest news of each person’s activities and achievements, hear about their day, and share in their life.
Being an orthodontist is about transforming people and giving them a smile that grows their self-esteem and confidence. Some patients start treatment ashamed of their crooked teeth and unwilling to smile. Watching people come out of their shell and begin to smile without concern is an incredible experience. As an orthodontist, I see those smiles every day!
I firmly believe the success of our practice is due to my team members. Each of them has lived in the community for many years. They know our patients, they know our families, and they love helping friends and neighbors change their lives.
While they’re knowledgeable and professional, Connie, Allison, Melina, and Ebru are also friendly and warm, and care about each patient as a person. Our office feels like a wonderful family and our patients are part of that!
Education and Experience
- Undergraduate degree in biology – La Sierra University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Loma Linda University
- Master of Science in orthodontics, class valedictorian – Loma Linda University
After finishing my dental degree, in 1980, I spent three years on a mission for my church, and practiced family dentistry on Guam before returning to school for my orthodontic residency. This experience was invaluable, because it gave me a strong appreciation of people’s real dental needs and how to approach orthodontic treatment with a focus on individual concerns.
Although my professional practice is limited to orthodontics, I regularly participate in dental mission trips to Madagascar, the Galápagos, India, and Monument Valley.
Commitment to Continuing Education and Professional Affiliations
Orthodontics is a constantly evolving specialty. New techniques, materials, and technology are being developed at a rapid speed. It’s my responsibility to stay current on these new options and carefully evaluate each to determine whether they’re appropriate for my patients’ treatment.
I’m part of a multidisciplinary study club that meets every month to review case studies, research articles, and discuss oral healthcare. I also devour the Oakstone Publishing publications that highlight the latest orthodontic research and inventions.
In addition, I’m an active member of the:
- Central Coast Dental Society
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- American Association of Orthodontists
Part of the Community
Being active in our community is important. I enjoy helping others and coming together to work toward a common goal. I’m involved with the American Heart Association and volunteer feeding and caring for homeless at our local shelter.
I also offer regular dental screenings through the Central Coast Dental Society, participate in the mentoring program through Marian Medical Center, and am a member of World to You, which promotes literacy in elementary schools.
Beyond the Practice
I was born and raised on Honolulu, and have lived in Nipomo since 1992. My wife Constance and I have been married for more than 35 years. She’s the educator for surgical services at Marian Regional Medical Center.
Constance and I have three daughters: Jenee’ is an orthodontist and lives in Colorado Springs; Julie is a family practice physician in Shreveport, Louisiana; and Jillian is studying nurse anesthesia in Los Angeles. We have a grandson, Caden, as well as a pet chinchilla, Koi, a pug, and a horse.
I am passionate about making the world a better place. I love supporting people so each can succeed and become the best person they can be, personally and professionally.