As a dentist, each and every day I am fortunate to be able to come to work and make positive differences in the lives of my patients. The benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile go far beyond maintaining excellent overall health. The bolstering of confidence and self-esteem in a patient when given proper and caring dental treatment is such a reward, and it acts as the driving force behind each treatment I provide.
I absolutely love being able to pull gorgeous and bright smiles out of my patients that, without the treatments I provide them, would have otherwise gone unseen. Further, being a dentist has allowed me to build lasting and significant relationships with my patients as I watch them grow and take on all of life’s challenges; that I can somehow help them through those challenges and be a part of their lives’ most important moments has never been something I’ve taken for granted.
Education and Continuing Education
I received my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska and then stayed at the school to enroll in the university’s Medical Center College of Dentistry. There, I completed my Doctorate of Dental Surgery.
In order to provide my patients the most advanced and up-to-date dental treatments, I strive to stay on the cutting edge of my field through spending numerous hours continuing my education. I regularly attend courses and seminars on implants, cosmetic dentistry, CEREC® treatments, TMD disorders, and other comprehensive dental treatments and trends.
Further, I am given even more opportunities to stay abreast of the latest trends, techniques, and technologies within the field of dentistry by actively participating in the following professional affiliations:
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Nebraska Dental Association
- Omaha District Dental Society
- American Equilibration Society
- CEREC Doctors
- Spear Faculty Club
In the Community
My community has given me much to be thankful for, so I always make it a priority to give back in what ways that I can. Donating my time or resources is one way that I can thank the members of my community for all that they do. For instance, I volunteer often for the Give Back a Smile program, which is dedicated to restoring the smiles of people who have been victimized by domestic abuse. Our office volunteers for the Nebraska Mission of Mercy, which provides free dental care to thousands of patients annually. I also regularly donate toothbrushes to the Salvation Army as well as mouthguards to the local youth football program.
I grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, but I have had the pleasure of calling Nebraska home for the last 28 years. My husband, Jim, and I have two teenage sons: Jack, age 17, and Cade, age 15. With new drivers, chauffeuring my children to their sporting events and watching those events as a proud parent is coming to and end and I am trying to adjust!
When I’m not in the office, I love nothing more than spending time with my family. In the summers, we are always outside enjoying the sun, baseball, and water sports. And in the winter, you can find us hibernating and enjoying the football season. When I can steal away some time for myself, I enjoy reading the latest dental and interior design magazines.