On Being a Dentist
My profession allows me to improve a person’s overall health and to instill confidence in my patients’ lives. Working with so many unique people means I have new and different opportunities, every day, to have a positive impact on people’s lives.
As a dentist, I am passionate about enhancing a patient’s oral and general health. The connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body is well documented, and when I can help a patient understand that keeping the oral cavity in great shape will equate to better overall health, I know I’ve done something good. Even better, though, is when I’ve spent time educating a patient and I see them at a follow-up visit, and it’s obvious they’ve taken the lessons to heart and made positive changes in their habits and behaviors.
But the most fulfilling aspect of my profession are the personal relationships I develop with my patients. Caring for a diverse group of individuals, spending time talking with them, and finding common interests as well as learning from each other, is very rewarding. I look forward to their visits as a time to catch up on what’s been happening in their lives and with their families. It feels good to see their smiling faces coming through the office doors.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor's Degree – Hampton University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
In addition to my formal education, I actively pursue continuing education in clinical dentistry and business-related courses, in order to give my patients the highest quality of dental care and the best dental experience. Being able to offer each person the most state-of-the-art patient care and treatment planning, with the right treatment options appropriate for their situation, is essential. Throughout the year, I seek out classes through the American Academy of Dental Professionals and the North Carolina Dental Society, as well as stay abreast of current and relevant literature.
After having been raised in Ahoskie, I’ve called Charlotte home for more than 20 years. My wife, Barbara, and I have been married for roughly 25 years and we have two beautiful daughters, Rachel and Payton. My other beloved companion is my dog, Maximus.
When I’m not at the office, I enjoy spending time with my family. We love to travel and feel that Charlotte is a great city to live in because we are close to the mountains and the beaches. When time allows, I enjoy golfing, bike riding, and taking Maximus for walks. I’m active in my church and sing in the choir, too, and I really enjoy listening to jazz.
Each year I volunteer at the NC MOMS Dental Clinic. I feel that I have been blessed in my life and I want to be able to give back to my community.