No pun intended, but I am “wired” to be an orthodontist! I so enjoy problem solving and working towards a common goal with each patient: a smile they’ll be proud to show off. I tell each of my patients we are a team and together we can achieve wonderful results. Each patient presents with a unique concern and orthodontic problem, and seeing the process through to fruition and the sense of achievement our patients feel is extremely satisfying.
I am a third-generation orthodontist, so smiles really do run in the family! My father was an orthodontist in Dothan, AL for more than 25 years, and he so enjoyed his profession that it made a lasting impression on me. Orthodontics is fun—we like to keep things light hearted and happy—but it is also so personally rewarding and satisfying to work with children and adults to achieve the ideal result they have longed for.
Commitment to Education
I have been helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles in the same office location in Birmingham since 2001. I earned my Doctorate of Dental Medicine from The University of Alabama School of Dentistry (UAB) and completed specialized training in orthodontics at The University of Pennsylvania, where I performed clinical research published in The Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.
Meeting and exceeding continue education requirements allows me to stay abreast of the most current and efficient orthodontic treatment modalities, as no two treatment plans are the same. Individualized, customized care that is specific to each patient’s condition must incorporate proven mechanics, and those are best learned through education at orthodontic specific lectures and meetings with peer group orthodontists, which I attend regularly.
I am also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Alabama Association of Orthodontists, and the Birmingham District Dental Society, all of which offer professional development and educational opportunities.
In the Community
The Birmingham community has been so good to me, and I try to give back in whatever ways I can. Each year, we see a number of children from under-served areas in Birmingham who can’t afford orthodontics and treat them on a complimentary basis. These cases are especially rewarding to me as some of these adolescents, now adults, have kept in touch with me after completing college and entering a career. I feel however small of a part I played in that, that I received far more than I gave.
My commitment to making a difference in people’s lives also extends past my work in the office. My family and I are members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where I have served on numerous committees and served as Senior Warden. I am also a board member of BigTime Ministries, a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, and a past board member of Pre-School Partners, MPower Ministries, and the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce.
My wife Joanna and I have three children: Anna, a college student at Yale University, James, a student at Texas Christian University, and Henry, a student at Mountain Brook High School. Our Labrador Belle keeps us on our toes as well.
When I have free time, I enjoy wildlife management and hunting, fishing, and working on my tractor on my land in Hale County. I also enjoy playing tennis and traveling with my family.