Dental School: University of Kentucky
Years in Practice: 12
Why did you choose to focus on periodontics as opposed to other branches of dentistry?
The periodontist who introduced me to the specialty spoke about what she did with such passion and excitement, I had to see what it was all about. After just a couple times observing in her office as a first-year dental student, I was sold on periodontics!
What are some of the biggest risk factors for gum disease?
Laziness with oral hygiene… [that’s the] honest answer… and multiple years without seeing a dentist. Genetics, smoking and crowding [are also factors].
Can you explain scaling and root planing? When would patients need this procedure vs. surgery?
Patients that are just starting with mild periodontitis are good candidates for scaling and root planing. [It’s essentially] a deep cleaning under the gum-line… and the hygienists get everything numb beforehand [so it] doesn’t hurt like it could otherwise. This can really help to keep gum disease
You did your undergrad at the University of Utah. What do you love/miss most about The Beehive State?
Most people who move to Arizona don’t miss snow, but I do! I loved living next to big, snow-covered mountains both growing up in central-eastern Utah as well as while I lived in Salt Lake City while attending the U. I love and miss the snow!
Tell us about the local choir you belong to! What is your vocal range?
I sang with the Millennial Choirs & Orchestras for only one year, but it was such a great experience. I sang baritone, but normally sing bass for church choirs. I sang with a University of Utah religious institute choir for one year of college as well. I just dabble in it. Nothing really serious.
Which celebrity smile do you most admire?
Carrie Underwood comes to mind. Great smile, great voice.
Who is your favorite dentist in popular culture?
First one that comes to mind is the Aussie dentist in Finding Nemo! Hilarious that they know exactly how much time he’ll spend in the restroom…
“If I wasn’t a dentist, I’d be…”
An orthopedic surgeon. Apparently, I have a thing for drilling in bone! I had a great orthopedic surgeon put my ankle back together years ago, and I was also able to watch a surgery of a femur repair. It was fascinating.