For the past 31 years, it has been my pleasure to work with so many people from my community to help them achieve lasting, beautiful smiles. I’ve loved getting to know my patients on a personal level while watching as their smiles and their personalities change. I cannot imagine another, more fulfilling profession than orthodontics.
I completed my undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary, where I graduated with a double major in Chemistry and Psychology. While in college, I was a competitive swimmer on the swim team and a member of the synchronized swim team. After college, I completed four years of dental school, graduating from the Medical College of Virginia with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. From there, I chose to specialize in orthodontics and spent two years in advanced training in orthodontics. I received my Certificate and her Master’s Degree in Orthodontics from the University of Detroit.
After graduating, I spent a year an associate in a two-doctor practice in Toledo, Ohio. In 1986, I opened my own practice in Tappahannock, Virginia. Six years later, I opened our second office in Kilmarnock, Virginia.
Providing orthodontic care for both children and adults comes different rewards. I get to participate in my young patients’ development by playing an active role in developing their face and smile and in influencing the development of their self-esteem. It is my pleasure to experience these young people as they mature into young adults while in treatment.
Working with adult patients allows me to help them create a healthy bite and beautiful smile that they love to show off, as well as cultivating a personal relationship during this process. In both cases, seeing each patient finish treatment with a beautiful smile and a healthy bite, and seeing the pride and confidence that their new smile provides is my ultimate reward.
Growing up, I lived in five different states before moving to Richmond when I was in high school. It was great to put down roots in the community, and I have lived in the area ever since.
When I’m not in the office, I enjoy reading and cooking. Cooking with my children and preparing their favorite dishes is a very special activity. Molasses cookies, brownies, and meatballs are just a few of my specialties. As a member of Fairmont Christian Church, I am active in both a women's bible study and the Reflections of Him Sunday school class.