I love that dentistry is both a science and an art: we use our science and medical education to diagnose disease and facilitate care, while also working hands-on to treat problems and relieve pain. Being able to combine these two aspects of healthcare, all with a focus on growing smiles, is especially rewarding.
One of the best parts of being a pediatric dentist is seeing hesitant, nervous young kids grow and become more comfortable coming to the office and wanting to take responsibility for their dental care. As I work with them through the years, it is exciting to see each mature. The sooner kids start coming in and having good experiences, the better care they will take of their teeth throughout their lives!
Education and Experience
I have had the pleasure of practicing dentistry for about 15 years. Growing up, I was inspired by my uncle, who was a general dentist, and who was able to present me with my diploma when I graduated from dental school!
I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree, and the University of Florida College of Dentistry for my Doctorate of Dental Medicine.
Following dental school, I completed an advanced education in general dentistry residency at Langley AFB in Virginia. Later, I returned to school, this time at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, for my pediatric dentistry residency.
Continuing Education and Professional Affiliations
I am constantly learning about new advances in pediatric dentistry, and the research behind them, so I can bring the best current practices to my patients. As an educated professional, if you are not constantly improving in your trade, you are not offering the best quality of care!
I regularly attend pediatric and general dentistry conferences, participate in lectures and seminars, and study the latest journals.
In addition to being a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, I am a member of the:
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentists
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- West Coast District Dental Association
Throughout the year, these organizations offer numerous opportunities for me to advance my knowledge and skills, all for the benefit of my patients.
Beyond the Office
I grew up in Miami and have lived in Tampa for several years. I was in the military for 12 years before that and have lived all over the world. I am happy to have finally set down roots in Central Florida!
Family keeps me busy when I’m not in the office. My husband Jason and I have two awesome children, three adopted dogs, and two attack parakeets.
I am an avid DIYer and always have a home improvement project going. I enjoy cooking but not baking, swim nearly every day, travel a lot, read way too much (especially mysteries), and have a crazy enthusiasm for escape rooms. One of my great passions is animals and I spend a lot of time outdoors with them.
I am also a Cub Scout committee chair and volunteer with several animal rescue and adoption programs, too. I believe everyone has an important role in the community and it is crucial we all do our part.
One of the most important things in life is doing something that makes you feel like you are making a difference. Dentistry, especially pediatric dentistry, is that thing for me. I get to work with the best coworkers and each day I get to meet and spend time with the best patients.
With every interaction I get to change children’s lives — sometimes in a small way, sometimes in a large way. Being part of advancing the health of another is an exceptional privilege, and I feel lucky to be part of that for my patients.