My passion is to give patients the smile they’ve always wanted, improving their confidence and self-esteem along the way. I believe that dentistry is a team effort between me and each patient.
When patients have a complex set of needs, I like to co-diagnose and help the patient discover the best possible solution. I never pressure anyone into treatment, but provide education and options to allow people to take control of their oral health.
I am proud to be a dentist and hope that I can give patients the best care possible at each visit.
I am blessed to have an amazing team. We have the most talented and genuinely wonderful people from front to back. Most important, everyone collaborates and works together for our patients’ benefit. In my two decades of practice, I have never worked with such a cohesive group that pushes one another to be their best and serve our patients.
I hope that our team can make the entire process easy for patients, from the very first phone call to billing their insurance, and checking in the next day after treatment. All with a smile and ease that makes each experience positive.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science – Allegheny College
- Doctor of Dental Medicine – University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine
- Advanced general dentistry residency – Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry and more than 500 hours of qualifying continuing education
- Fellowship with the American Dental Implant Association and 200 hours of Implant Continuum continuing education
I continuously strive to be the best dentist possible. My motto has always been, “If I'm not learning, I'm moving backwards.” Our patients deserve our very best, and it keeps me sharp to stay abreast of the most up-to-date treatments and dental research. I regularly attend 100 hours or more of continuing education courses annually in an effort to stay up to date for my patients, including regular meetings with a SPEAR Study Club. I also completed a one-year mini-residency studying sleep dentistry and preventing obstructive sleep apnea.
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Virginia Dental Association
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Laser Dentistry
- American Dental Implant Association
Outside the Office
My husband Tommy and I have two amazing daughters, Karen and Kate, and an adorable yellow lab named Prince. I am a Girl Scout leader and volleyball coach who is most happy spending time with my family. My other interests include fly fishing, photography, traveling, and exercising. As a native of Western Pennsylvania, I also love the Pittsburgh Steelers.
I appreciate being a part of this amazing community, and it is my goal to give back to an area that has given me and my family so much over the years. I volunteer with the Northern Virginia Dental Association, which has a dental clinic in Fairfax County, and have worked with various Missions of Mercy projects throughout the years.