Why I Love My Work
I love dentistry. It’s complex and challenging, and it allows me to change someone’s life for the better. Every day, I get to help incredible people improve their lives, by getting them to optimal oral health and making their smiles bright, clean, and beautiful. Since I enjoy working with my hands, the tools and instruments we use, or gadgets as I like to call them, make my work even more enjoyable.
But the truly greatest aspect of my work are my patients. Every person I care for comes to this practice with unique dental needs. In the time I spend assessing the individual’s particular clinical requirements, I begin getting to know them as a person. Over time, we become close, sharing stories and laughing, and that’s immensely rewarding.
To be able to help someone that I’ve come to view as a friend is what it’s all about to me. I love taking the puzzle pieces, the clinical needs, and the individual’s emotional needs and desired outcome, and making everything come together perfectly!
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
I attended the University of New Orleans for my Bachelor of Arts and a minor in psychology. Then I studied at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. After dental school, I spent three years practicing in the United States Air Force at Mather AFB.
My formal education provided me with an excellent foundation of dental knowledge, but each year I avidly pursue continuing education opportunities to deepen my understanding and skills, and to learn about new developments in treatments and technologies. My patients trust me to provide them with leading-edge, effective care, and I can only do that by staying abreast of the latest options.
I have also completed numerous fellowship courses on implant dentistry, including a clinical residency in implant dentistry at the University of Puerto Rico. I have achieved the associate fellowship in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, giving me the status of a credentialed oral implantologist, and will be attending Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany in the near future.
Away from the Practice
I am a native of St. Bernard, Louisiana, and now call Lakeport home. I’ve been here for almost 20 years. My family is the greatest joy in my life and I spend as much quality time as I can with my wife Melisa and our kids Jye, Chelsey, Samuel, and our granddaughter Addison.
That’s not to say I don’t have other passions, of course. I’m a pilot, I love scuba diving and ocean fishing, snowboarding, and playing the occasional round of golf. Going dirt bike riding with Samuel is always fun, as is flying our plane, N7529R.