On Being an Orthodontist
One of the many things I love about orthodontics is that orthodontic treatment can completely change someone’s facial appearance. Depending on a person's jaw shape, tooth size, and many other factors, if planned properly, orthodontic treatment can have a positive impact on a patient’s facial aesthetics, not just when the braces are removed, but well into the future! I love looking at each patient's unique situation to determine what treatment options will deliver the best combination of health, function, and aesthetics for that individual.
Orthodontic treatment involves multiple appointments over a period of time. As a result, whether we are caring for a child, teen or adult, I’ve learned the joy of getting to know each of my patients as the remarkable individuals they are and having the opportunity to hear about the life that surrounds their smile. I love to hear about my patients' events and accomplishments such as graduations, performances, awards they receive, and articles about them in the newspaper. It is amazing to see the smiles I have helped create show up in the public eye as authors on bookstands, at national sporting events, on television and even at the Olympics! It is truly rewarding to see our patients, using their new smiles confidently and proudly out in the real world, wherever life may take them.
I attended the University of California at San Diego for my Bachelor's degree in microbiolgy and a minor in psychology. From San Diego, I travelled to Ann Arbor, Michigan where I studied dentistry at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, I received my Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS), graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the dental honor society. For my specialty residency in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, I was proud to earn acceptance at the University of Washington- one of the most prestigious orthodontic programs in the United States. At the U-W I earned my specialist certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, a Master's of Science in Dentistry (MSD), and wrote a Master's thesis. I went on to publish an article based on my Master's thesis research in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
My formal education, has provided me with an excellent foundational knowledge of the field. Othodontics, however, is constantly evolving. I regularly attend professional meetings, review multiple research journals, and study on-line to stay on top of the newest developments, techniques, equipment, materials, and technology. Staying current with the latest research in dentistry and orthodontics ensures that I am able to provide my patients with all possible treatment options as well as discuss the information they need to make educated decisions about their care.
- American Board of Orthodontics, Diplomate
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Washington State Society of Orthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Kitsap County Dental Society, past president
Outside the Office
I live in Silverdale with my husband, Rob, two daughters, and our chocolate lab, Cooper. Rob is a firefighter paramedic with the City of Bremerton.
Spending quality time with my family is my priority when I’m not caring for my patients. I make a point to stay active and enjoy the great outdoors, whether I’m hiking, snow skiing, running, biking, or swimming. On weekends I can often be found at a swim meet or on the field sidelines, cheering for my daughters in their sporting endeavors.
In the Community
I volunteer at my daughters’ schools, leading small math and reading groups, to enhance children’s learning. I also support local programs, such as Tri-turtle Triathlon charitable race, Kitsap County Medical Society Foundation, and the YMCA Strong Kids program, that are aligned with improving the health and development of local children.