On Being an Orthodontist
I am in the best profession in the world, helping to bring out people’s beauty, while improving their oral health and self-confidence. While doing that, I am constantly learning about the many interests and activities of my patients. Each conversation I have shows me the diversity of our community and offers me a new way of seeing the world.
I look forward to coming to work each morning. Being an orthodontist means I am able to provide people with a beautiful smile and healthy bite, leading to increased self-esteem and better oral and body health. It also means I spend my days talking with interesting people, and developing strong connections with each of them. It’s those connections, at personal levels, that gives me the greatest personal and professional fulfillment.
Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Undergraduate degree, Fairmont State University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, West Virginia University
- Three year Orthodontic program and Master of Science, West Virginia University
Part of being an orthodontist is understanding that I must be constantly expanding my knowledge and skills. My patients rely on me to offer them a wide array of treatment options that will gently, effectively shift their teeth into proper alignment. By pursuing continuing education opportunities, locally, regionally, and nationally, I stay current on the latest developments in the field.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- West Virginia Association of Orthodontists
- West Virginia Dental Association
- Eastern Panhandle Dental Society
I grew up in Ona, WV, outside of Huntington. Martinsburg became home to my wife Alyssa and me in 2014. We love the area! When I’m not caring for my patients, or furthering my education, I enjoy staying active. You’ll often find me hiking, biking, and I love riding my motorcycle, too. Of course, spending time with Alyssa, as well as other family members and friends, is a priority.
While I’m a relative newcomer to the area, I’ve already developed a lot of respect for the community and neighbors. I’m looking forward to nourishing the area, so it remains a great place to live and work, for generations to come.