A Passion for Dentistry
I have been practicing dentistry for more than 25 years — the last eight here in Petaluma. I love the relationships that have grown between my patients and myself, as we work together to improve their oral health and smile. I have a lot of respect for my patients, and treat them accordingly.
I believe it’s essential to establish open and honest communication from a person’s initial visit. I want my patients to understand I am here to help and support them, and will actively listen to what they say. Their clinical concerns, fears, and goals are all important to me. If I understand all of those, I can develop a treatment approach that’s right for that individual. This ensures the best treatment experience for each person.
Along with my staff, I understand that some people have dental anxiety. We are not here to judge. Instead, we will focus on your specific fears and talk through whatever you are worried about. Often, acknowledging what a person has experienced is enough to help him or her work through the anxiety. For others, though, the fact that we offer conscious sedation care, and other anxiety-control assistance, can be reassuring. I am pleased that we can assist in this way.
Education and Continuing Education
My Doctorate of Dental Surgery was awarded by Loma Linda University. Since graduation, I have pursued many continuing education courses, especially in implant dentistry. My memberships in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the Academy of Osseointegration have provided opportunities for me to study under the leaders in this field.
By constantly learning, expanding, and honing my skills, I’m able to provide my patients with the best care. The fact that they can receive their dental implants in our office, without the hassle of being referred to an outside specialist, relieves them of a lot of stress.
Away from the Office
I live in Novato with my wife Joanna, who is an amazing cook and mother, and our three beautiful children: Ellie, Griffin, and Vivienne. When I’m not at the office, you’ll most often find me spending quality time with my family and friends, or on the tennis court.