Becoming an orthodontist is extremely rewarding. I feel fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful profession. Not only do I enjoy creating beautiful, healthy smiles, I also enjoy meeting and building relationships with children, teens, adults, and families in our community. With orthodontics, my team and I change lives every day! The ability to give children and adults more confidence by changing their smile is priceless. For some, it’s restoring the ability to eat and chew without difficulty or pain.
My drive to become an orthodontist began when I had orthodontic treatment as a teenager. I was amazed at the changes that were happening in my mouth with braces! I grew up here in Southern California, in the San Fernando Valley, and attended the California State University, Northridge for my undergraduate education. The University of Southern California School of Dentistry was my next stop for the next seven years: four years to earn a Doctorate of Dental Surgery, and three more years of orthodontic residency and a Master of Science in craniofacial biology.
After completing my orthodontic residency in May 2002, I moved to Ventura County and became an associate in an orthodontic office in Oxnard. I purchased that office later that year in December. I also began practicing in the Conejo Valley in Thousand Oaks starting in 2009. Since then, I have been serving the communities with the goal of providing friendly, caring, high-quality orthodontic treatment that utilizes the most up-to-date techniques and technologies. Invisalign®, Damon System, 3D cone bean computed tomography (CBCT), and temporary anchorage devices (TAD) are amazing technological advances that I have implemented into patient treatment.
Continuing education is vital to keep abreast of the latest research and advances. I enjoy learning and attend several meetings throughout the year. I am also a member of two local study clubs with dental colleagues to discuss treatment options for difficult cases, and to present journal articles to keep each other educated in all aspects of dentistry.