A Love for Healthy, Life-Improving Smiles
I am thankful to be in a profession where I get to see the direct and immediate impact of my work, and am able to improve the lives of so many. A healthy mouth and a beautiful, confident smile are my goals for each patient at Prime Family Dental.
I love the relationships that develop with each of my patients. I enjoy hearing about a person’s life, hobbies, accomplishments, and families. Because this is a family-centered practice, I care for patients of all ages. It’s fun to get to know a child at their first visit, making sure their experience is a positive one. It’s just as fulfilling to be caring for an older patient, restoring function and giving them the ability to smile comfortably and confidently.
I’ve been involved in dentistry for over ten years, first in Dental Assisting, then in obtaining my Doctor of Dental surgery degree. My work doesn’t feel like “work” to me: I spend my days helping remarkable people improve their oral and overall health, along with their smiles. What could be better?
Education and Continuing Education
I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both my undergraduate and Doctorate of Dental Surgery degrees. After graduation, I decided to further enhance my dental training by completing a General Practice Residency program at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, VA. There, I learned to better manage complex procedures, dental emergencies, and deliver excellent, patient-centered care. It was a joy and an honor to serve this country’s veterans during my year at the facility.
As an active member of local, state, and national dental societies, I take a variety of continuing education (CE) courses. This ensures I am current with new technology, procedures, and techniques in dentistry. I complete more than twice the yearly minimum requirement for CE as set by the State of North Carolina. I am also the only fellow in the Triangle to have completed the Biorejuvenation dentistry curriculum at the The Stewart Center as a conservative way to treat TMJ conservatively.
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- North Carolina Dental Society
- Raleigh / Wake County Dental Society
Serving Our Community
I enjoy volunteering at several Missions of Mercy (MoM) free dental clinics throughout the state. I started this tradition even before I became a dental student at UNC. I have been to Kill Devil Hills, Greensboro, Salisbury, and Weldon, to name just a few of the MoM clinic sites. You can see me in action in the video below during the Kill Devil Hills MoM clinic! Additionally, not only do I volunteer at Wake Smiles to help the less fortunate in our county with their dental care, I was also the Secretary of their Executive Board for several years.
In 2009, I traveled to Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, as part of the UNC-Moldova Partnership Dental Mission. It was there I had the privilege to care for orphans and be part of an international mission, and that meant a lot to me as it was very eye-opening.
Raleigh has been my home for over 20 years now. After completing my dental education in Chapel Hill and Hampton, I returned to Raleigh to work; I love calling the Triangle my home!
Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, hiking the outdoors, playing with our dog Otto, and losing myself in a good book. When I’m not exploring the Triangle’s vibrant food scene I’m likely trying out some new recipes at home.
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