I find being an orthodontist to be emotionally rewarding. It gives me the opportunity to positively influence the physical health and mental well-being of many people, both young and older. To see how making a person’s smile more beautiful and healthy increases their self-esteem and confidence, and therefore their quality of life, is a privilege.
I have been practicing for 40 years and still look forward to each day: meeting new people, strengthening connections with patients in treatment, and being surrounded by smiles. My greatest joy is in working with someone who has crooked and unsightly teeth, and gently, skillfully moving those teeth to create a smile that’s healthy, bright, and beautiful!
I enjoy getting to know each patient on a personal level, to learn who they are and hear their stories. It’s a pleasure to help people I care about to develop stronger self-confidence and know that what we do will have a lasting impact in their lives.
- Undergraduate studies – University of Texas in Austin
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston
- Master of Science and certificate in orthodontics – University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston
Since completing my orthodontics training, I’ve constantly sought continuing education opportunities. It is essential that I stay current on new techniques and advances in technology in order to provide patients with the most up-to-date treatment options.
I regular participate in advanced clinical workshops and seminars, as well as attend orthodontic meetings locally, regionally, and nationally.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southwestern Association of Orthodontists
- Texas Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- Brazos Valley Dental Association
Beyond the Practice
I was born and raised in a small town outside of Fort Worth. My wife Bridget and I moved to Brenham in 1980 and raised our family here. Bridget is a speech therapist and has worked in both the public schools and in private practice. We have three children: Eric, our son, is both an attorney and a professional scuba instructor; our oldest daughter, Hana, is an accomplished artist; and our youngest daughter is a psychiatrist.
When I’m not working, my preference is being outside, anytime and anyplace. I like to garden, ride my bicycle, and work in my garden, but my passion is wilderness trekking.
I am also very involved with several church ministries and with the medical mission organization MEDICO.org. I join medical mission trips to Central America as often as I can. There, I perform mostly oral surgical procedures for underserved people.