I feel that I am truly fortunate to be an orthodontist. I am passionate about my profession and practice in Apex. I am privileged to use my skills to positively affect my patients’ lives. I enjoy getting to know each patient personally, and seeing their smiles and the results at the end of treatment is incredibly rewarding for me. I still remember my orthodontist (Dr. Vonnie Smith) when I was younger, and how much fun I had and how cool he was.
Education and Continuing Education
Before practicing orthodontics, I attained attained a BS in Biology and a BS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I then earned my Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina and my Master's Degree and Orthodontic Certificate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Although my formal education is complete, I am constantly involved in continuing orthodontic education in order to make myself a better orthodontist. I strive for perfection for my patients because they are part of my community, and I only provide treatment that I would give to my family and friends. I never stop to learn new research based methods and techniques so that my patients are always receiving the best care possible.
My professional memberships and affiliations include:
- Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO)
- American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- Southern Association of Orthodontists (SAO)
- North Carolina Association of Orthodontists (NCAO)
- North Carolina Dental Society (NCDS)
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU)- highest academic honors throughout dental school of four years
- Pierre Fauchard Society- honorary academic dental society
- Current Professor of Orthodontics at the UNC Department of orthodontics and ongoing lecturer to the residents
In the Practice
I have been practicing orthodontics since 2002 and also practiced dentistry for two years prior. My dental experience has instilled the importance of overall oral health and how orthodontics affects the mouth, jaws, and even total-body health. I have a greater understanding for my patients’ needs because of this experience and can provide each patient with the customized treatment plan that works best for them.
One of the best parts of my job is building lasting relationships with the people in our community. I work with people of all ages, and I love watching the kids grow and the adult patients get the beautiful smiles they deserve. It’s always rewarding to me to run into patients and parents in the community and to see their beautiful, healthy smiles.
I know that my patients come to me to attain healthy, beautiful smiles, but they also want a positive and comfortable orthodontic experience. My wonderful staff is very outgoing and welcoming to each patient, and I am lucky to work with such talented and caring people. All of us love what we do and really care about our patients!
Family and Community
I grew up in Cary, and I love living in Apex, NC ! My amazing wife and I have one young son and two dogs at home. After work, I enjoy playing soccer and golf, watching UNC sports my favorite soccer team (Arsenal), and of course spending time with my family.
I am also active in our community, and my practice supports many local schools, sports teams and clubs and churches.