I love exceeding my patients’ and their parents’ expectations when it comes to orthodontic care. When I’m able to make the process more convenient, more efficient, or more comfortable than someone anticipated, I’m elated!
I grew up interested in health and wellness, so healthcare was the natural fit for me. After careful consideration, I decided to follow in the footsteps of my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather by attending dental school. Yes, it definitely runs in the family, and my graduation as a fourth-generation dentist was one of my proudest moments!
Although I would have enjoyed working side by side with my dad, who’s a general dentist, I was drawn to orthodontics. I love the combination of science and art, working with my hands, and the personal connections that develop throughout treatment.
Being an orthodontist allows me to listen to people as they share their stories. With each encounter, I have the opportunity to be the one person in someone’s day who really listens and puts that person first. While they’re in my chair, they have my full attention, and I strive to make it a positive experience that makes their day a bit brighter. Those exchanges, what I learn from each person, make me a better orthodontist and a better person.
Education and Continuing Education
After graduating from a small high school in northeast Ohio, I couldn’t wait to move to Columbus and attend The Ohio State University for my undergraduate studies. I went on to complete my Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Master of Science, and orthodontic residency at Ohio State, as well.
I love continuing education and seek out a varied mix of opportunities. In addition to attending conferences and lectures, I’m a member of a Spear Study Club, a group of general dentists and specialists who are committed to joining forces to improve our ability to get great results for patients with complicated cases. I want always to provide leading-edge and creative orthodontic options that result in the fastest, safest, most effective, and most comfortable experience. Postgraduate coursework keeps me current and ensures my patients receive the best care for their situation.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Ohio Association of Orthodontists, serving as Central Ohio director on the board
- Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Alliance (home of the scarlet carnation!), and I’ve lived in Columbus ever since I started college at Ohio State.
I'm happiest when I'm spending time with my husband, Dan, and our new little boy, Jack! When I’m not working, I spend a lot of time running, usually training for a race of some sort. One of my bucket-list wishes is to run a half-marathon in every state: six down, 44 more to go! Dan and I enjoy being outdoors, whether in the woods or on a patio, exploring the city or off hiking somewhere.
I also love everything about food: cooking, eating, and learning about it, and I have a major addiction to podcasts. And when I have the luxury of some free time, I love to settle in with a great book.