On Being a Dentist
I feel blessed to be part of the dental profession and can truly say I love what I do. I love coming to work each day. I love being able to help people. I love my patients of all ages and constantly learn from the people who come to see me, young and old alike. Life is all about learning, and each of my patients teaches me something new.
I love that we have structured our office so we are able to spend time getting to know our patients. It is normal to see a patient hugging one of my staff members as they leave, because of a conversation they’ve shared, or a connection they’ve made.
I’ve been a practicing dentist since 2001. I chose dentistry because I knew I wanted to help people. My cousin was studying to be a dental hygienist and I followed in her footsteps. Then I felt the calling to go on to dental school. That decision has always felt right to me.
My Education and Pursuit of Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Texas Women’s University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science System
Being a dentist carries with it the responsibility to continually further my knowledge. Oral healthcare is an ever-evolving field, and I must stay at the leading-edge of developing technologies, new materials, and changes in treatment methodologies. My patients trust me to provide the highest level of care and range of treatment options; continuing educations ensures I am able to do so.
In addition to being an active member of the Seattle Study Club, each year I take numerous courses at different dental conventions, lectures, and meetings. I also take online courses and stay current on research through dental journals and publications.
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- DFW Seattle Study Club
- 4th District Dental Society
- Dallas County Dental Society
- Cooke County Dental Society
My Personal Life
When I’m not working you’ll most often find me with my family, including my spouse, four children, two dogs, and some cows and horses, too. I love attending my kids’ various extracurricular activities, and the family loves to camp and vacation together. I also enjoy golfing, reading, and crocheting.
I am active in our local community, volunteering my time at school and church functions. It’s important to serve others as well as our community, and to teach the youth of today about service.