Dentistry is not just my job; it’s my passion to be the best dentist I can be and deliver the highest care to my patients.
I became a dentist more than 35 years ago, and I’ve always found joy in seeing my patients’ self-esteem improve because of the dental care we provide. I appreciate the relationships I’ve established with my patients, from the youngest of smiles to the young at heart. Each person I meet reminds me that, regardless of background or culture, we are all people with feelings, concerns, and needs.
It is my goal to give my patients a positive dental experience they’ll never forget. Through the years, I’ve found that working with my patients and their unique situations enables us to better achieve their dental goals. I believe that this team-based approach leads to informed, confident patients.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Arts in chemistry – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
New technology and innovations make dental care more comfortable and effective than ever before. I continually take continuing education courses, attend dental seminars, read journal articles, and investigate new products and procedures to provide excellent, up-to-date dental care to my patients.
- American Dental Association
- Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
- North Carolina Dental Society
- Western Piedmont Dental Society
- Seattle Study Club (Foothills Continuum)
- Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
In the Community
As a dentist, I have been blessed with a good job and good work to do, and it is nice to be able to help folks and give back to the community whenever I can. Locally, I helped to establish and volunteer in the Cooperative Christian Ministry dental clinic in Hickory, which provides dental care to those who may not receive it otherwise.
I also travel internationally to lead dental teams that work in rural villages. We provide basic dental treatment to people who have no access to dental care. It is very gratifying to help people who have suffered a long time because of dental infection and pain, but it also makes me very appreciative of the amenities and blessings we take for granted here.
Outside the Office
A native of Hickory, I have practiced dentistry in Alleghany County, NC, as well as in The Gambia, West Africa, and Newton, NC. My wife Janet and I have two children. Our daughter Tanya lives in the area with her three children, Vivian, Cameron and Eden. Our son Nathan is a Marine, He and his wife, Hannah, have a daughter Savannah.
My family is my passion and encompasses most of my free time, though I also enjoy being outdoors, doing photography, and being active in my church.