My history in general dentistry prior to specializing in orthodontics has given me a very broad knowledge base, which I use every day in my orthodontic practices. I love learning and I love those “aha!” moments that come along when I’ve applied new knowledge or techniques to enhance a patient’s orthodontic result. Enhancing smiles and building relationships at the same time are two of the best rewards I can think of.
I was born and raised in San Diego, and received all of my higher education at the University of Washington: undergraduate, Doctorate of Dental Surgery, and orthodontics training, which makes me a “triple alum” of the UW and of course, a proud Husky!
After dental school, I owned and worked in my private dental practice in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle for 16 years before entering graduate school to specialize in orthodontics. During this time, I was a clinical professor and an acting associate professor at the dental school in the department of restorative dentistry. I graduated from the UW orthodontic program in December 2001, and opened a specialty practice in orthodontics in West Seattle in 2002, where I continue to practice three days a week.
I belong to four continuing-education study clubs which allow me to exchange information and techniques with my peers. I also actively serve as a member of the UW School of Dentistry Dean’s Club Advisory Board, and past president of the University of Washington Orthodontic Alumni Association.
I live in downtown Seattle with my husband — a maxillofacial surgeon — and our 33-year-old Amazon parrot Merlin. In my leisure time, I enjoy cooking (and eating!), wine, music, art, reading, skiing, auto racing, and biking.