Hello, everyone! I’d like to introduce myself to all my future patients and their families. I was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to Georgia when I was about six months old. It was great growing up in a small town where everyone knew each other and I could ride my bike from one side of town to the other. When I was fourteen, my family decided to move to Gainesville, Florida. I pursued my studies in high school and also continued climbing the ranks of Boy Scouts. I attained the rank of Eagle Scout in my senior year of high school. To this day it is one of my most cherished accomplishments after years of hard work and adventures starting in the first grade. I graduated Buchholz High School in 1998 as a top graduate.
I then went on to the University of Florida where I majored in Nutritional Sciences and minored in Zoology and Business. I graduated in 2002 with honors and started dental school at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. I had an incredibly enriching experience at UFCD both academically and personally. I went on two dental mission trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic to provide free dental care to impoverished communities. Before graduating dental school in 2006, I was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and chosen for the William S. Kramer Award of Excellence by my dental school professors.
After graduating from dental school, I packed my bags and moved away from my folks to begin my residency in pediatric dentistry in San Antonio, Texas. It is one of the premier programs in pediatric dentistry where I received specialized training in several areas, including treating children who are medically compromised; performing treatment under oral conscious sedation and general anesthesia for children too young or unable to cooperate; performing interceptive orthodontics; and dealing with dental emergencies and trauma. After graduating in 2008, I moved to Dallas and joined a private clinic in Bedford. In 2010, I became a board certified pediatric dentist after passing a comprehensive written and oral exam. In 2015, growing tired of the long commute and longing for a sense of community at work, I embarked on building my own practice in my backyard of East Dallas. I look forward to working with all the families in this vibrant neighborhood and having Smile Safari contribute to our local area. Please take some time to read over our Mission Statement and the rest of the website to get a better feel who we are.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to reach out to us with any questions!