On Being a Pediatric Dentist
As a pediatric dentist, I give my all to ensuring each child has a positive and enjoyable experience every time I see them. I cater to anxiety, taking all the time needed to listen and reassure, building trust and helping the child feel safe. I feel most rewarded when a very fearful patient is able to let go of their worries and relax in my chair, laughing at my corny jokes and sharing some of their own!
It is important children grow up comfortable in the dental environment and confident in caring for their oral health. Establishing good habits and decision-making, and reinforcing those healthy behaviors, can set a little one on the path to a lifetime of beautifully healthy smiles.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of the Pacific, San Francisco
- Specialty Residency and Pediatric Dentistry Certificate, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
- Master's degree in Biblical and Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
I have been in practice since 1996 and have loved every day spent with patients. Working with children is challenging, invigorating, and fun. It is a privilege to get to know each child, personally, and to be part of their life as they mature.
My goal is in providing quality, worry-free dental care and lots of useful patient and parent education.
Professional Affiliations, Activities, and Continuing Education
I am a board-certified diplomate the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and an active member of the:
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (Examiner, Vice Chair)
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Greater Dallas Pediatric Dental Society
Additionally, I teach pediatric residents at Texas A&M College of Dentistry and create exams for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
One of the most exciting aspects of the pediatric dental specialty is ongoing changes and improvement: in diagnostics, patient care, methodologies, and outcomes. I am committed to lifetime learning, studying the latest developments and incorporating the best into my patients’ care. I believe in practicing evidence-based dentistry, as this has been proven to lead to better patient outcomes.
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in California’s Bay Area and have lived in the DFW Metroplex with my husband, who is a psychotherapist, since 2004. In my spare time I enjoy being with family, entertaining, cooking, and traveling. I also like writing and dedicated Bible study.