A passion for helping people, coupled with a passion for art, specifically ceramic art, led me down the path to being a dentist. Years of making and glazing porcelain pottery prepared me for the physical practice of Dentistry better than I could have imagined. Having this background in Ceramics and hands on staining and glazing of pottery encouraged me to take that knowledge and apply it to my dental practice in an effort to help patients.
Growing up in more than 5 cities in South Carolina and Florida prepared me for what would be a college and post graduate career filled with a lot of travel. I started college At Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Through FSU I studied abroad for two semesters, one in London and one in Florence, Italy. During those semesters traveled extensively and gained a love and passion for other cultures and languages. After returning home from Italy I transferred to the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, where I received a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a focus on ceramics. For dental school I attended Medical University of South Carolina. After graduating dental school I attended an Advanced Education in General Dentistry(AEGD) residency in Alamosa Colorado.
Since 2009 I have practiced in the Greater Charlotte area. My dental career has naturally focused on repairing patients smiles using the most advanced techniques available. My passion for art has most certainly carried over into my dental career. Through the use of a cutting edge digital cadcam technology, called Cerec, I am able create permanent, beautiful, incredibly life-like dental restorations, in many cases in the same day. With the Cerec machine I am able to design and control ever aspect of the dental experience, including the design, fabrication, and staining and glazing of your restoration. This technology, coupled with extensive continuing education in advanced surgical grafting techniques and implant placement has also allowed me to become a full service implant placing dentist as well.
I look forward to hopefully meeting and helping you with any and all of your dental needs.
I graduated with honors from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry expecting to join the medical field. It wasn’t until I began shadowing local dental professionals that my passion for dentistry was sparked. I realized dentistry would allow me to work with my hands, work within a team environment, and interact with all different types of people. Later, I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the prestigious University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. Believing that continuing education is essential to excellent patient care, I continually seek out the best and most current continuing education courses ensuring you are always given the most current treatment options available.
Along with my extensive dental training, I have a passion for photography which has given me a unique eye for approaching smile design and dental esthetics. Being a CEREC doctor lets me digitally design and create beautiful same day ceramic/porcelain dental restorations using the most advanced CAD/CAM technology. While I understand most people do not like coming to the dentist I take pride in providing gentle, consistent care with caring attention to every patient.
When I’m not learning and mastering the practice of dentistry, I enjoy spending time outdoors running, camping, hiking, and capturing beautiful sunrises and sunsets with my friends, family, and camera.
I know that open communication is key to building lasting, trusting relationships so any questions or concerns are always welcomed. I invite you to come in, sit down, and have a chat about how I can help you. Then decide for yourself if I am the right dentist for you.
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