Having been born and raised in Southern California, I am a product of the public education system and of the University of California. Following high school in Mission Viejo, I spent two years at UC Irvine, followed by two more at UCLA. After graduating with honors and a degree in biology, I continued at UCLA School of Dentistry, graduating in 1984. I began my dental career in the city of Orange, as a partner in a small group practice, but in 1988, relying on influence from my new wife Sandy, sold my share of that practice and moved to Riverside. I built my present office in 1991 and, while raising two wonderful sons, have practiced here happily since then.
I realized early on that patient education is as important as the actual treatment. I enjoy partnering with my patients in selecting the best course of care for their specific need. With knowledge comes power, and when a patient is educated with regard to their own dental health and the options available for treatment, they become empowered to make the best possible choices.
Dentistry can be comfortable, and my philosophy of “quality care from a dentist who treats you like family” is not just a saying, it is what I believe. I have intentionally surrounded myself with quality staff right down to the laboratory technicians with whom I work. We are all on the same page, committed to caring for our patients at the highest level.
Away from the office, my life is busy with projects ranging from all manner of home improvement, to gardening, and building my (and my son’s) ’68 Mustang. Family travel favorites have included Costa Rica, motor home touring in Alaska, sailing in the British Virgin Islands, as well as more local camping and skiing vacations. Offshore fishing is something I can’t get enough of, and summers will find me out on the water, enjoying time with friends and looking for tuna. I enjoy trying to capture the beauty of nature in photographs, and have displayed some of my favorite work at the office. Trying to stay fit is one of my constant battles, as I truly enjoy gourmet food and Sandy and I are both excellent cooks.
Extensive postgraduate training in the areas of:
- Cosmetic dental treatments including lifelike fillings, crowns, and veneers
- Implant restoration with crowns, bridges,or dentures
- Comprehensive oral rehabilitation including cosmetic reconstruction