Changing Lives by Changing Smiles
I love to see the changes in peoples’ lives after orthodontic treatment. The increase in their self-esteem and confidence, as well as the joy they express over their new smile, makes me happy. I know my patients are going to have healthier, fuller lives as a result of the care we’ve provided.
I’ve been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years and orthodontics for more than 20 years. During that time I’ve met amazing people and developed strong friendships. I look forward to meeting new patients and what I’ll learn from them.
Orthodontics is unique, as I get to spend a considerable amount of time with each person over several years. I enjoy watching a patient transform during treatment. As their smile changes, so do their feelings about their appearance. When a patient starts laughing and smiling without hiding their teeth, I’m thrilled!
Education, Continuing Education, and Professional Affiliations
- Undergraduate degree – Brigham Young University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Nebraska
- Orthodontic residency – University of Texas
I’m excited by new technologies and orthodontic treatment alternatives. Ours is an ever-evolving specialty and those changes mean a better care experience and stronger results for patients. They can feel confident we use the most up-to-date equipment, technology, and treatments.
I’m a member of several orthodontic study clubs. I’m also a past president of the Montana Society of Orthodontics (MSO) and the Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists (RMSO). Additionally, I’m a board examiner for the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners. I have served on several committees, councils, and as a delegate for the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
Each year I attend the AAO and the RMSO annual sessions, as well as the Montana state meeting. Also, I’m a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
I maintain active memberships in the:
- College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists
- Montana Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Montana Dental Association
- Texas Orthodontic Study Club
- Border to Border Study Club
I grew up in the small town of Cowley, WY. I’ve lived in the same house in Billings for the last 23 years. I have seven children: six daughters and a son. My son is a pediatric dentist in Billings and my son-in-law is a general dentist here in town, too. I also have 21 grandchildren. With such a large family, when I’m not working, I’m usually involved in something to do with my kids and grandchildren.