I truly believe I was meant to be an orthodontist. It fits perfectly with my personality in so many ways: I am detail oriented, love being around people, and have a genuine interest in improving the lives of those around me. Even as a child, I knew that my career needed to blend my two interests — art and science — and no profession does that better than orthodontics. I also get to work with the best team on the planet.
I am passionate about making sure every patient is treated in the best possible manner, down to the last detail, and giving them the best smile possible. The most satisfaction comes when we remove a patient’s braces and everyone is crying tears of joy, including me. The fact that I can change people’s lives by giving them the confidence to smile is an amazing thing.
Education and Continuing Education
I am a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I then went on to dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where I graduated Valedictorian with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. I completed my orthodontic training at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas and received both a certificate in orthodontics and a Master of Science degree.
The most exciting thing about orthodontics is that it is always changing and advancing its technology to better serve patients. I practice completely differently today than I did even five years ago! Thanks to continuing education, we can keep up with these changes and see first-hand the positive affect it has on our patients’ treatment, our profession, and on our office. It’s all very exciting!
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Board of Orthodontics, College of Diplomates
- Southwestern Society of Orthodontics
- Greater Dallas Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
Family and Community
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to the States when I was 16 years old. My wife Liz and I have made Plano our home since 1994. We have one daughter, named Pier. Pier is the namesake for Pier’s Project, a volunteer effort at the Medical City Plano by the Junior League. Pier celebrates her birthday on the fourth of July and enjoys the fireworks each year.
My interests outside of spending time with my family include cycling, snowboarding, camping, and photography.
As a resident and as an orthodontist in Plano, I feel a responsibility to support my community and those in it. We have an opportunity to affect so many of our patients’ lives, not only by providing them with an amazing smile, but also as mentors. We are leaders in our field and are always striving to lead by example in our practice, as well as in the community. As a team, we choose several charities to support throughout the year and participate in team volunteer days at different organizations.