Everyone should be able to feel good about their oral health and smile confidently. Being a dentist gives me the opportunity to restore worn or broken down smiles. The beautiful, healthy smile that I can give to someone will allow them to feel good about themselves. That smile is one that will then be passed along to many others.
As a young adult, I had two wonderful dentists I admired and looked up to. I appreciated the kindness and gentleness they showed me during my dental visits. They even encouraged me to go to dental school. To this day, I continue to remember how much I appreciated their care. I always try to make sure that the depth and sincerity of their dedication to their patients’ well-being and comfort is replicated in my own work with my patients and the welcoming environment we have fostered here.
I have a fantastic team of dental professionals. They are highly-skilled, family-oriented, and caring individuals. We attend continuing education seminars and conferences together. The dental professional team is not only well-educated and knowledgeable in all aspects of dentistry but they are also warm and genuinely happy individuals. This is reflected in the quality of care all of us strive to deliver.
I look forward to meeting you and your family, and giving you a beautiful healthy smile in the most gentle, conservative way.
Education and Continuing Education
My educational background includes:
- Wichita State University – Undergraduate studies
- University of Missouri- Kansas City – Doctorate of Dental Surgery
I am passionate about learning. Dentistry is an ever-evolving field. I am dedicated to its continued progress, as well as to my own personal growth and evolution as a dental professional. One of the ways by which I seek to enhance my professional growth is through participation in continuing education. My patients deserve exceptional dental care and the best that I am able to provide. I regularly attend classes, lectures, and also pursue study outside of work.
I am also an alumnus of:
- American Academy of Cranial Facial Pain Institute
- Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
- The Center for Occlusal Studies
- The ALF Educational Institute
- The International College of Bioenergetic Medicine
Professional associations provide me numerous means of staying informed concerning technological advances, new treatment practices, and the latest science. As a member and active participant within forums hosted by these groups like lectures, seminars, and meetings, I obtain information that allows me to better serve and care for my patients.
My active memberships include:
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics
- International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics
- Seattle Study Club-CREATE Dentistry
At Home and Away from Work
I grew up in Wichita and moved to Derby in 1985. My husband and I have one son, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and three wonderful grandchildren. Our family also includes our precious adopted tuxedo cat, two highly energetic Australian shepherds, and two adorable alpacas.
In my spare time, I love being outdoors, hanging out with family and friends, gardening, watching all the different critters that frequent my bird feeders, and riding my Harley motorcycle.
Service to the Community
I am very fortunate to be able to use some of what I have learned in my professional life to help others. Toward that end, I first began volunteering as a dental student and continue to volunteer for many dental outreach programs that provide dental services to underserved individuals.
As someone with a deep love for animals, I am also a longtime supporter of the Kansas Humane Society, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and LL Dog Rescue in Shawnee Mission.