I was born and raised just down the road in Ortonville, Michigan. I knew at a pretty young age that I wanted to be a dentist, and after graduating from Brandon High School, I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1998. I continued on at UDM’s school of Dentistry and received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2002.
There are so many fascinating things going on in dentistry and I have an insatiable desire for learning. I spend many hours taking courses and reading about the latest techniques and advances in dentistry, and about what is going on in the field around the world. I am truly passionate about dentistry! I feel so fortunate to have found this career, and my hope is that my patients benefit from my passion.
Being very active in the community of dentistry is a priority for me. I’m a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, I serve on the Michigan Dental Association’s Forensic Identification Team and the Michigan Mortuary Response team. I am a clinical instructor for Dental Development Seminars, teaching extraction techniques to general dentists. For the past several years I have participated on several medical mission teams to various third world nations, as well as volunteering for an organization that targets and recruits talented health care professionals to participate in third world medical missions. I’ve also had a little professional fun making movie teeth for local filmmakers.
My husband is a Civil Engineer and we have one daughter and 2 dogs that we adopted from local rescues. Travel is our first love, but we enjoy many family interests – hiking, camping, canoeing, visiting museums. Personally, I also enjoy reading very much, and over the years I have enjoyed many books that patients have shared with me. Animals have long held a special place in my life, and I serve as a board member of the Elephant Research Foundation. Much of my free time is also filled with my work as a davidji certified Master of Wisdom and Meditation Teacher.