Fighting Oral Infections
I am passionate about healing dental disease, and learning about new ways to treat both tooth decay and gum disease as infections. My deep and abiding interest in the connection of infections in the mouth to diseases in the rest of the body has lead to me to join the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), an organization of dentists, physicians, dental hygienists and other clinicians. I am working toward certification in the Bale-Doneen Method, an emerging, exciting medical philosophy developed right here in Washington state and part of the curricululm at WSU's new medical school in Spokane. We can help keep you healthy by reducing oral infections as much as possible. You can help by keeping your gums healthy at home and by reading Bale and Doneen's book Beat the Heart the Heart Attack Gene.
Dental Health Group is composed of amazing people and we have been together for a long time. Together, we’ve created an office that’s warm and friendly, where we take time to learn every patient’s concerns and values. We are a locally-owned private practice, not a big corporate dental factory. We are focused on individualized patient care, not on processing patients quickly. We have the freedom and time to get to know our patients personally and to build relationships.
Education and Continuing Education
I attended Washington State University for my undergraduate studies. Then I enrolled at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, which awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).
Each year I complete many courses, online and at conferences and lectures. I also remain current through various dental journals and other publications. I have logged hundreds of hours of continuing education in my career. By constantly expanding our services and honing my skills, I’m able to provide much of the care my patients need.
- American Academy for Oral Systemic Health
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Pierce County Dental Society
I have been voted Top Dentist for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Seattle Met magazine.
I enjoy volunteering with the Northwest Medical Teams mobile dental program, which helps local children that have dental concerns and provides smile-saving care. In addition, I’ve traveled Mexico to deliver dental care in the mountains of Chihuahua and to Russia to aid in setting up a dental clinic on a collective farm shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
My childhood was spent in the midst of agricultural abundance, the fields and orchards of the Yakima Valley. I now live in Orting with my wife, Barbara.
Barbara enjoys quilting, painting, and gardening. We have three adult children and two amazing grandchildren with one on the way. Our home is shared with two dogs, and one cat.
When I’m not caring for patients, I enjoy bike riding on the Orting Trail or walking along the Puyallup River levy. We make it to the Washington coast a couple times a year and we travel outside the country once in awhile. In quieter times, I like reading, writing and studying languages, this time Portuguese. Oi, tudo bem?