My interest in dentistry began during my internship at a Craniofacial Genetics lab at the University of Iowa as an undergraduate student. I was so fascinated by the complexity of the lower face and mouth that I applied to and was accepted in to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry Class of 2000. As one of six children with a large extended family, and as the daughter of a teacher, I wanted to continue being around and working with children.
While in dental school I developed a passion for creating a positive dental experience for the children we saw in clinic. In 2002 I received my Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from SUNY – Buffalo and the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, New York. I joined the private practice of Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates in July 2002 and became a partner in 2007.
In 2017, my husband and I chose an opportunity to work together and grow our love for little people, teeth and technology at Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry. Justin and I purchased property and, with the help of a local architect, designed a state-of-the-art office for our patients, families and team. Dreams do come true!
An active volunteer, I participate in ‘Give Kids a Smile’ to advocate for dental health care for every child. As another part of that mission, I traveled to the African country of Uganda for six years as a part of the African Christian Fellowship to treat pediatric patients.
Fun fact! On my fourth mission trip in 2010 that I met Justin. In 2011 we became engaged at Bwindi in Uganda and in 2012 went back on a working honeymoon. We have two sons, Wyatt and Owen. We enjoy the challenge of getting our own children to brush and floss their teeth! Some of my favorite things to do are to go to the park with the boys, find new trails to hike and read a good book. I am also an avid Peloton rider and enjoy road biking with our family. I am looking forward to meeting you and your child(ren)!