During my college years, I heard a great man say,
“You are good. But it is not enough to just be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence.”1
That message was very influential when I chose my career. I love orthodontics because it allows me to not only be good at something, but good FOR something. Every day I feel motivated to give my very best, because that effort makes all the difference in the world for each patient I see. And, patient by patient, my work contributes something good to the world.
The practice of orthodontics is a perfect blend of art and science that can simultaneously improve appearance and function for a patient. The mechanical and biological foundation ensures the repeatability and precision of results, and the artistic touches accent the unique beauty of each patient. I feel blessed to be part of life-changing experiences every day. It is incredibly satisfying to see a patient’s confidence measurably increase as they progress through treatment.
I treasure my relationship with each of my patients. Each person I care for brings an individual perspective, a distinctive style, and a unique enthusiasm for life. I love being around my patients and learning about and from them. My life is enriched by the things I learn from listening to them. They make me smile every day, and it is truly an honor to serve them.
Education and Continuing Education
My parents encouraged me to seek an education that would teach me to think analytically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to appreciate the uniqueness of everyone around me, so when I enrolled at Brigham Young University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in English was a natural choice. After graduation, I completed an additional two years of pre-medical requirements at Arizona State University before enrolling at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry. As a dental student, I received several awards for my material science research and graduated near the top of my class, which qualified me to seek advanced specialty education. After becoming a general dentist, I completed a two-and-a-half year orthodontic residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2009.
Anybody who is content with what they know is limiting their ability to grow, improve, and serve. Formal education and degrees are the minimum requirements to call myself an orthodontist, but I qualify myself to provide outstanding care and service through continuous learning. To keep myself informed of the latest techniques and trends in dentistry and orthodontics, I spend time each week reading professional journals or participating in educational webinars. Every month I participate in multiple dental and orthodontic study clubs, and every year I attend national orthodontic meetings. With each educational experience, I take time to evaluate how what I am learning can be integrated into my practice to improve each patient’s experience and treatment results.
We live in a remarkable time of technological advancement. I love to harness new technologies as they become available to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the treatments we can offer, and the excellent results we can achieve.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
- Nebraska Society of Orthodontists
- Omaha Orthodontic Study Club
- American Dental Association
- Nebraska Dental Association
- Omaha District Dental Society
- Tri-Valley Dental Society
Outside the Office
When people ask where I am from, I frequently tell them “I’m all-American.” I don’t have a true home town, and I have lived in almost every major region of the country, the intermountain West, the Atlantic Coast, the Southwest, the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, the Mid-South, the Midwest, and Texas. Each place I have lived has introduced me to wonderful people and unique culture. I can say with authority that the United States of America is special place full of good-hearted people!
After living all over the country, my family and I feel very grateful to have settled in West Omaha in 2013. My wife, Stacy, is an extraordinary woman and my best friend. We have been blessed with five active, curious children. They are the joy of our lives, and simultaneously, we feel the weight of responsibility to help them become independent, educated, and well-mannered citizens.
When I’m not seeing patients, I can frequently be found working at home. Raising five active kids means that my hobbies are teaching them how to do chores, reading bedtime stories, and cheering them on as they swim, play soccer and t-ball, and perform at recitals. I love to spend time with my children, but my very favorite way to spend my time away from work is going on dates with my wife.
In the Community
I am actively involved in my church, and throughout my life I have spent a great deal of time serving within the congregations in which I have belonged. I also serve on the board of directors of Volunteers Around the World, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for some of the world’s poorest people.
1Hinckley, Gordon B. "Stand Up For Truth," BYU Devotional Address, September 17, 1996