A Passion for Dentistry
It is a very humbling and awesome privilege and responsibility to experience the trust that patients place in myself and my team. They trust us to care for one of the most important things in their life: their dental health and their smile. I do not take that responsibility lightly, and strive to ensure that each patient is entirely happy with all aspects of the care they receive.
As a dentist, I have the opportunity to care for people from a variety of backgrounds, all with unique life stories. Every day I look forward to the conversations I will have with my patients, as we talk and laugh together, learning from each other. The bonds that develop between my patients and me are strong, and I enjoy each of them.
I love working with my hands and mind to make the lives of others better. When I can remove dental pain, or reconstruct a person’s mouth so they have improved function, or help them develop a healthy smile, I’m making a positive difference in their life. That’s personally and professionally rewarding.
Education and Pursuit of Continuing Education
I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Loma Linda School of Dentistry. That education provided me with an excellent foundational knowledge of oral healthcare. However, this is a field where there are new developments constantly happening, and I must stay current on those changes.
By keeping abreast of the latest technology and dental information, through participation in meetings, conferences, and seminars, I ensure my patients have access to the best treatment. To do anything less is not acceptable.
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Stanislaus Dental Association
My Personal Life
I’m from the Modesto area and graduated from Thomas Downey High School. Now I live in Oakdale, with my wife, Cherie, and our two daughters. Cherie is a teacher at Central Valley Christian Academy in Modesto, and a children’s bible leader at church. Our two daughters, Manami and Mieko, enjoy being a part of their swim team and participating in tumbling.
When I’m not caring for my patients, being with my family is my top priority. I also enjoy the outdoors and keeping active, whether I’m running, biking, snow skiing, or wakeboarding. Constructive work is also good, especially home improvement projects and tending to the yard.