Hello! My name is Dr. Liz, and I LOVE being an orthodontist! It’s a JOY to come into your life every day and get to know you. And, to top it off, I get to do it while living out my ultimate career dream.
Like Dr. Bethany, I’m surrounded by a family of dentists. Growing up, I was frequently at my dad’s side, assisting him as he cared for his orthodontic patients. I was enthralled by the process and seeing, first-hand, how people became happier and more secure as they saw the change in their appearance. My husband, father-in-law, and sister-in-law are also dentists, so we can essentially have our own study club without even leaving the dinner table ;)
Seeing others grow into themselves, exert confidence, smile more, and be their best selves is essentially why I am in this business. Mental and physical healthiness is a topic that receives my daily attention. Scientific research on the brain has demonstated that just the act of smiling can turn a sour mood around ... so smiling is not only the reflection of a good mood, it’s also the catalyst to intiate a good mood!
Every appointment of every day is my opportunity to produce a smile and leave someone feeling a little better than they felt when they walked in the door.
Education and Continuing Education
After high school, I attended picturesque Miami University in Oxford, where I received my bachelor’s degree (Go, Redhawks!). I completed my Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the Home of the Buckeyes, The Ohio State University. While at OSU I was honored to receive multiple distinctions and awards and to participate in a variety of organizations.
After dental school, I practiced general dentistry for seven years in Cincinnati. This experience gave me invaluable insight into how to coordinate treatment involving multiple specialists, and how to anticipate the needs of general dentists. Seven years later, along with my husband and identical twin sons, I returned to OSU to pursue orthodontic specialty training and obtain a Master of Science.
I’m board certified with the American Board of Orthodontics. This certification shows I’ve successfully completed a series of written and oral case-based exams, a distinction held by a only small percentage of orthodontists. In addition to private practice, I’m on staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in the craniofacial clinic.
Continuing education is a critical part of my job. I avidly seek out a wide range of courses, and stay current on new technologies, materials, and methodologies, so you can receive safe, evidence-based, and efficient treatment.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
- Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Ohio Dental Association
- Columbus Dental Society
- Greater Columbus Society of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Ohio State Orthodontic Alumni Society
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Columbus and am proud to serve my hometown community. I’m married to my dental school sweetheart, Steve. We have identical twin sons, Calvin and Elias, who make sure that we are on our toes ;). Our canine companion is Nemo, a mixed-breed rescue dog I picked up while in dental school.
Our family enjoys exploring the local parks and businesses, taking trips, and spending time with family and friends. Like their parents, the kids are budding foodies. Since I’m a typical parent of school-age kids, when I’m not in the office I’m probably in the car on the way to one of the kids’ events, or actually there, cheering them on!
I love to cook and find that experimenting in the kitchen helps me unwind. I’m thankful my family is so forgiving of my culinary mishaps! I’m also a big fan of working out, whether I’m running, weightlifting, or trying a new yoga pose. After all this activity, I relish my down time with a book, especially reading about psychology, religion, and ... surprise ... wellness.