Like most people, I hated going to the dentist and doctor when I was growing up. My first dentist didn’t create the most positive experience. While my initial impression of the field wasn’t entirely pleasant, I later encountered someone who completely changed my view on dentistry.
While working on a bachelor’s degree during my first year at the University of Utah, I met the man who would help me discover what I wanted to do with my life. He was a dentist from Salt Lake City who was charismatic, easy to talk to, and different from anything that I saw in a dentist. He became my mentor. I had intended to go into medicine, but this dentist told me that if he could do anything over again, he’d be a periodontist. I had no idea what that was, but I looked into it and discovered it was exactly what I wanted to do. From there I finished my undergraduate degree, attended dental school, and then completed periodontology certificates before going into private practice. I remain grateful to my mentor for the inspiration and advice he gave me!
Today, I like to stay on top of new technologies and procedures that make treatment less invasive and more effective for my patients. I enjoy stepping up my game professionally by lecturing to other doctors here in my own Red Rock Institute and elsewhere. To create a more dynamic environment at the office I do photography and videography, which are part hobby and part professional endeavor. I play hockey four days a week and participate in a lot of outdoor activities. Most fulfilling of all for me, however, is spending quality time with my wife—who helps me run my practice—and our four daughters.