Dentistry is a relationship-based profession. It’s important for me to get to know all my patients so we can develop treatment goals together. My overall goal is always to help my patients attain optimal oral health; best achieved with early prevention and patient education. These are two areas I try to emphasize with each and every patient.
One area of dentistry I have taken a special interest in is dental implants. Dental implants have changed the face of dentistry over the last 25 years. Rather than resorting to removable dentures or destructive bridges, implants can replicate our natural teeth in ways that did not used to be possible. After dental school I attended a residency program in Denver, Colorado where I gained further training in implant dentistry. It has been a rewarding addition to the normal scope of dentistry.
- Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School
- University of Kansas – Majored in Biological Chemistry
- Creighton University – Doctorate of Dental Surgery
- Denver VA Medical Center – General Practice Residency
Whether it’s out of the country or in my hometown, I enjoy using dentistry to help others. A particularly rewarding experience was volunteering and setting up a dental clinic in an underserved village in the Dominican Republic. The village lacked a dependable water source or electricity yet we were able to provide quality dental care, ranging from routine cleanings to extractions, for five straight weeks.
I also enjoy helping out closer to home. I have volunteered to do multiple school dental screenings around the community and am a part time professor at the Wichita State University Hygiene program.
If not at the lake or on the golf course, you can find me enjoying time with my wife Carrie, our dog Nala, or cheering on our beloved Jayhawks.