I must be one of the luckiest people in the world! I arise every morning excited about the day and coming to the office to work with a dedicated team of doctors and individuals that have become a “family” who have the privilege of working to make a difference in the lives of children. In the tag line from the commercial…”priceless”.
I grew up in Austin and lived there until graduation from the University of Texas with a degree in psychology. While at U.T. I married Mimi, a girl from Dallas, and we moved here where I earned my dental degree and afterward studied to become a pediatric dentist. Upon completion of my master’s degree and certification in pediatric dentistry I began private practice and have been here since.
I believe we have an opportunity to be a positive influence in people’s lives both in our practice, in our profession and in our community as well. To this end, I believe continual learning is an obligation personally and professionally throughout life. Attendance at continuing education courses is personally mandatory well beyond the minimal amount required for licensure. I am Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry.
Participation in organized dentistry is also important. I have held positions in local, state, regional and on a national level. I have been president of the Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry and served on many committees at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
I believe we must also “give back” for the many blessings bestowed upon us. Volunteering for many organizations including Special Olympics, Texas Mission of Mercy and supporting local food banks are among those I enjoy. Establishing a fund for pediatric dental research at Baylor College of Dentistry in honor of our mentor, Dr. Paul P. Taylor, was also an important achievement. Teaching the next generation of pediatric dentists at Baylor is an especial passion.
When not with my “office family,” I love being with my family. Mimi and I relish opportunities to see our adult children whenever possible. When together, we enjoy biking, cruising and musical theater along with “family” time. We have been blessed with three children who make us proud to be their parents. Currently all three live in Austin following their college years.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know a bit about me. I hope to have an opportunity to get to know you and promise to do my best to treat you and your children as if you are all a part of my own family!