The University of Washington orthodontic program provided a superb foundation for my career. My master's research at U.W. determined the frequency of TMJ symptoms in patients before and after orthodontic treatment.
Prior to specializing in orthodontics, I attended the UCLA School of Dentistry. There I was selected for a senior class award for achievement in orthodontics and inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary dental society.At UCLA, I was fortunate enough to participate in research showing that dental implants can be used as anchors for orthodontic movement of teeth - something that is now considered basic orthodontic technique. Two articles were published from this research.
Keeping current on the science and practice of orthodontics is done through courses at orthodontic and dental society meetings, Invisalign seminars, and local study clubs. As a devotee of The Pankey Dental Institute, I've made a career-long commitment to optimal patient care. The Pankey focus includes technical excellence, taking the time to get to know our patients, and establishing close working relationships with the excellent general dentists and specialists in our area.
My wife Shelly, a Tacoma native, and I have been married for 26 years. We are very proud of our adult "kids" Blair and Hailey.
Family activities include skiing, travel, supporting local charities, and working out at the gym. We have a particular passion for soccer, and for Hailey, ski racing. Hailey raced for WSU this past winter. Blair, an Eagle Scout, is focused on martial arts and American Sign Language.
Our family pet is a mischievous ginger tabby named Rowdy.
My professional interests include a focus on complex multidisciplinary care, where multiple health care practitioners come together in a manner that benefits the patient in a way that piecemeal care cannot. Various systems of the body affect one another, and certain conditions require coordinated care for optimal results. In addition, the use of 3-dimensional computerized x-ray and MRI technology has greatly enhanced our ability to diagnose and treat various conditions.
In the non-orthodontic world, I love exploring various cuisines from around the world with friends, and Seattle is a great place in which to do so. My cooking passion centers on slow-cooking/smoking of meats in the various styles that can be found across our nation.
On a related note, I enjoy vegetable gardening, and I prefer to supplement that by purchasing local produce. I closely follow the Sounders, as well as collegiate soccer and football.