As pediatric dentists, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to make a positive influence on people’s lives. It is extremely rewarding to build trusting relationships and accommodate the different needs of each child in an effort to make the dental experience positive.
I am fortunate to work with great people and more importantly help people every day. Dentistry has made my life feel fulfilled and I am very blessed to call myself a pediatric dentist. There is nothing more rewarding to me than to help another human being. A smile, hug, laugh, or high five happens every day in my life, and I can't put a value on it. To me, it's priceless!
A native of North Carolina, I was born and raised in the city of Kinston. I completed my undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, graduating Cum Laude in 1990 before attending the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. Upon graduation from dental school in 1994, I became a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Dental Corps.
I am extremely proud of my service to my country. I saw firsthand the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women on a daily basis and it made me proud to be able to serve alongside them. During my four years of military service at Camp Pendleton, California, and the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, South Carolina, I was awarded two distinguished service medals: The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
After my military service, I continued my education by completing a residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville, Florida. I moved to Cary in 2000 and entered private practice in pediatric dentistry.
MY LIFE OUTSIDE THE OFFICE
My wife Hani and I stay busy with our two boys Henry and James and their two dogs Boo and Bear. We enjoy family vacations, traveling, beach trips, and outdoor activities.
Our family has developed into a Wake Forest University Demon Deacon family through and through. Both Hani and I attended WFU. Henry is scheduled to graduate in 2022 and James is scheduled to attend as a freshman in 2022.
Community involvement is an important way for us to show appreciation to the people who have supported our practice. It is very rewarding to be part of an active community. I participate in Give Kids a Smile, Miracle League, and as a former Eagle Scout, support the Boy Scouts of America. We also support several community fundraisers as a show of appreciation to our patients.
When I chose to attend dental school back in 1990, my goal was to have a rewarding career where I could interact closely in people's lives and provide excellent oral healthcare. So far, my career choice has far exceeded my expectations, and I look forward to more exciting years in the dental profession.
CREDENTIALS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Member of Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- Member of North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Past President of the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2013‐2014
- Member of the North Carolina Dental Society (Past Vice-President)
- Member of the Wake County Dental Society
- Supporter of the University of North Carolina Dental Foundation
- Adjunct Professor at the UNC School of Dentistry
- Supporter of the University of Florida Department of Pediatric Dentistry
- Credentialed at Wake Med Hospital