I grew up on a farm and ranch in western Nebraska, and spent many summers visiting the northern Colorado area. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Chadron State College in northwestern Nebraska, I earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with high distinction, graduating among the top 10% of my class from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1999.
I then served in the U.S. Air Force as a general dentist for five years and was stationed in England, just outside of Oxford. I was one of two dentists for the military members and their families and provided a variety of services like cleanings, extractions, root canals and wisdom teeth surgeries. While there, I developed and directed the children’s dental education program, as well.
Prior to becoming a dentist, I was very interested in becoming an orthodontist. I had orthodontics when I was younger. Unfortunately, my parents did not get me to an orthodontist early enough. I went when I was 12 or 13 and had two impacted canines (means the teeth are stuck in the bone). I had to have a surgery to get them to come in the mouth correctly. I also had to have an expander and full braces for approximately 5 years. When I was 18, I had jaw surgery to correct my underbite. I have been through the whole range of treatment with orthodontics. When everything was finished, my face, jaw and smile were completely transformed — changed. I felt amazing. I wanted to have the ability to make others feel how I felt. That is when I began looking into what I could do to become an orthodontist.
In 2006, I graduated from the University of Colorado orthodontic program. I always knew I wanted to move to Northern Colorado and decided to build my first practice with family orthodontics in Fort Collins. Together, Kathryn and I have created a place that we feel is our second home. We want our patients to feel comfortable and welcome when they come into our family dentistry practice in Fort Collins and while they are in treatment.
When I am not helping patients get beautiful smiles with family orthodontics in Fort Collins, I am busy spending time with my family. I have boy/girl twins. Their energy is contagious! Together, we love hiking, golfing, playing outdoors, reading together, eating “spicy” chips (Doritos) and Cheez-Its, building snowmen and snow forts, and experiencing new places together. I also enjoy eating Mexican food and watching the great American sport of football. Go Big Red!