On Being a Dentist
Dentistry means more than just “Fix a tooth here, pull a tooth there.” It’s about connecting the clinical with the personal. Practicing dentistry affords me with the opportunity to make a positive impact in people’s lives by improving their oral health, aesthetics, and spirits. I offer kind and supportive words to each of my patients, and encourage them to find a reason to smile every day.
I feel excited when I’m able to heal and educate my patients. Keeping smiles nice and healthy makes me a happy camper. I love the joy and laughter that comes from spending my days caring for amazing people. Being a dentist allows me to interact with people on a personal level. These are not anonymous patients I’m caring for: these are my friends, and that’s a good feeling.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science, University of Alabama
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Meharry Medical College
Continuing education (CE) is essential in the ever-changing field of dentistry. New techniques, products, and protocols are constantly being developed, so it’s essential I stay up-to-date and ensure my skills remain sharp.
I actively seek-out CE offerings throughout the year, with a focus on infection control, aesthetic and restorative dentistry, pain management, endodontics, denture retention and stability, and implantology. I take both lecture-based and hands-on courses at the local, regional, and national levels.
- American Dental Association
- National Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Alabama Dental Association
- Alabama Dental Society
- National Academy of Finance Alumni Association
I grew up in a small town Alabama town called Alpine and now live in Selma. When I’m not working, I love to draw and paint: it’s truly my passion. It’s a soothing activity that allows me to express my creativity while working with my hands. I also enjoy mixing music and watching sports.
I am a board member of Together Assisting People (TAP), which serves to educate inner-city and rural high school athletes on the expansive opportunities outside of sports. We host programs to sharpen the necessary skills of being a productive member of society with or without sports. I’ve also volunteered with the Second Harvest Food Bank, and have implemented the “Give a Dog a Bone” initiative, which aims to provide care packages for individuals who are without permanent living arrangements.