WHERE DID YOU TRAIN?
I earned my D.D.S. degree at the University of Southern California in 1972. Since that time, dentistry has been constantly improving, so I am always learning new procedures.
HOW DO YOU STAY UP TO DATE?
I take more hours of continuing education each year than required. To review and update my skills, I underwent a two-year program with Dr. Peter Dawson, a world-renowned dentist in Florida.
YOUR OFFICE SEEMS TO BE FILLED WITH A GREAT DEAL OF HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT.
Yes, It's all a part of my commitment to offering the most comfortable, highest quality care to my patients. By using the latest materials and the newest techniques, I can ensure that the restorations I do today will last for years to come. My goal is to be a lifelong dental partner for my patients. When someone visits me thirty years from now, I want their tooth to look as good as it did the day I restored it.
HOW IMPORTANT IS INTERACTION WITH YOUR PEERS?
By sharing ideas and experiences, we are working to improve the level of dental care for everyone in our area. In fact, I've often been able to pass along what I've learned to the students I teach. Additionally, for the last 10 years, I have served on the Board of Dental Examiners; California's dental licensing organization.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN INSTRUCTOR?
I've taught dental students at USC for more than 15 years, and don't think I'll ever want to give that up. All of my students seem very eager to learn how to become successful dentists. It's important for me to teach them to perform the latest techniques, but I also stress the value of treating patients as individuals. I believe that, besides expertise, a personal concern for patients is the true measure of a good dentist.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
The interaction with my patients. For me, dentistry has never been about fixing a tooth and moving on. It's about keeping my patient's smiles healthy and attractive for life. Knowing that I've helped give someone the confidence to share their smile will always be my greatest reward.