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)
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 to West Africa to lead dental teams that work in rural villages. We work under a tree, without running water or electricity, to 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 wonderful children. Our daughter Tanya and her husband James have given us two amazing grandchildren, Vivian and Cameron. Our son Nathan is a Marine and is married to Hannah. They’ve blessed us with a beautiful granddaughter, 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.