My interest in dentistry began at a very young age; with a grandfather, father, and aunt who all worked in the dental field, following in their footsteps was an easy choice. I witnessed firsthand how my father helped people and developed trust with them. To this day, his patients will talk about him and share laughs about how much they loved him. I want to make a similar difference in my own patients’ lives, and have them remember me with that same level of fondness.
Dentistry also provides me with the ability to work with my hands—to create something meaningful—all while helping relieve someone of pain, alleviate fear, or just listen with an open heart. Dentistry has given my live extraordinary purpose and meaning.
A native of Sewickley, I graduated from Quaker Valley High School and continued on to Howard University for my pre-dental studies. I earned my Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
After practicing for 30 years, I’ve seen a lot change in dentistry when it comes to treatments and technology. By participating in continuing education courses through various professional memberships, I am able to stay current with the latest treatments in this rapidly changing field. Participating in continuing education through the Seattle Study Club, American Dental Association, and Pittsburgh School of Dentistry helps me provide my patients with the best care possible.
I feel fortunate to live in the same area where I grew up, and had the pleasure of raising my two children, Tom and Julia, in this wonderful community. My free time has most recently been consumed with ballroom dancing—it was on my bucket list and I haven’t missed a beat in the two years since I started! I’m also active in my community, volunteering at Catholic Charities, Dental Lifeline (ADA’s volunteer dental program), have volunteered at Catholic Charities, and have yet to say no to a speaking engagement for career days or health fairs for young people.