As an orthodontic specialist, my mission and purpose is to play a role in allowing others to be able to confidently chase and achieve their dreams through building the smile of their dreams. It is extremely rewarding to be able to interact with so many unique people and watch their transformations as their smiles change. Orthodontics is such a powerful tool in that our treatment not only can straighten teeth, but also affect their facial appearance and aging process. I enjoy educating patients on the benefits of orthodontics and the ability to transform not only their teeth, smile, and face, but their confidence and self-image as well.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor of Science in Biology – Muhlenberg College
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
- General Practice Residency – St. Luke’s Hospital
- Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics- Rutgers University
- Master of Science in Dental Science – Rutgers University
Growing up, my mom was a nurse and dad a social worker, and a service profession was always something I wanted to pursue. I became interested in healthcare in high school and shadowed many different healthcare providers in action. I found that I loved the orthodontist’s ability to treat people of all ages and help them improve their smiles and confidence.
My educational journey took me to Muhlenberg College where I studied Biology for 4 years and competed on the track and field team. Next, I spent 4 years at the University of Connecticut for my dental education. At this time, my interest in orthodontics led to me publishing research in 3-D imaging in orthodontics. After dental school, I spent one year at St. Lukes Hospital gaining advanced training in all specialties of dental care. I then went to Rutgers University in New Jersey, a 3-year orthodontic residency known for its intensive clinical training where I completed a certificate in Orthodontics and a Master's degree for my thesis on 3-D printing in orthodontics. This commitment to education is to ensure I am able to provide the best care for my patients.
Lifelong learning and continuing education is something that is of utmost importance to me. I am a member of numerous orthodontic study clubs, where I am able to learn new techniques and discuss experiences with my colleagues. I have completed the most comprehensive training in Invisalign® clear aligner treatment, “The Aligner Intensive Fellowship,” a 17-week course on all things aligner treatment. I enjoy taking courses on new and emerging areas of orthodontics as well as attending local and national orthodontic meetings.
Keeping up with the latest technologies and constantly refining my skills through advanced training and discussion with colleagues enables me to offer my patients a variety of methods to improve their smile and appearance, in a way that is comfortable and fits with their lifestyle. The advances in orthodontics, even in the last ten years are amazing! Treatment can often be completed faster and more efficiently in a way that is more comfortable to the patient than orthodontics years ago, and more importantly, be done with even more impressive smile results.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- Hernando Country Dental Association
Outside the Office
I live in Pasco County with my girlfriend and our two dogs, Simba and Abraham. They are both rescue dogs. Simba is seven years old and I adopted him when he was just six months old. Abraham is nine now and Angelica rescued him when he was seven years old. They both love coming on walks with us.
When I’m not at the office I enjoy running, practicing yoga, and working out. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as watching sports, my favorite TV shows, and movies.