Building Self-Confidence through Smiles
As an orthodontist, I have the ability to transform each patient’s life. People finish treatment with better oral health and a beautiful smile that improves their self-esteem and the confidence with which they greet the world. When a person feels good about their appearance, it’s obvious in all parts of their life: they’re more comfortable around their peers, whether at school or work, and that’s reflected in their smile!
Every day, my team and I see patients start treatment feeling self-conscious and hiding their crooked teeth. As they see the change in their appearance, they start to feel better about themselves and more comfortable around others. By the time we finish treatment, patients know they look great and they can’t stop smiling!
Education and Continuing Education
My Doctorate of Dental Surgery was awarded by New York University College of Dentistry in 1983. I proudly served our country in the U.S. Army as a Captain and General Dental Officer for four years. At the completion of my military service, I returned to school at Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, where I completed a two-year post-doctoral program in orthodontics in 1989.
Each year, I complete numerous continuing education courses. I am a board-certified orthodontic specialist. I participate in study clubs and attend lectures and seminars, to learn from leading practitioners and researchers in the field. This ensures I’m up to date on the latest advances in techniques and materials, and am providing my patients with the best care available.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
- Virginia Association of Orthodontists
- World Federation of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry, fellow
- Virginia Dental Association, delegate
- Northern Virginia Dental Society
Beyond the Office
I grew up in Long Island, New York, and lived for four years in Cocoa Beach, FL, while my father worked on the lunar program for Northrop Grumman.
My wife Francine and I have called Centreville home since 1993. Together, we have four beautiful children: two sons and two daughters. In 2012, we adopted from the Fairfax County Humane Society and two beautiful Cavachon sisters joined our family!
When I’m not in the office, my happiest times are spent with my family. I can also often be found working on one of my American-built muscle cars and enjoying long-distance running. I love music too, especially playing my guitar.
I’m a committee member for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen scholarship, which offers scholarships to middle-school students, and the VFW Voice of Democracy scholarship, which provides scholarships to high-school students.
I also volunteer with the VFW by helping veterans with assorted veteran-related issues. In addition, I participate in Mission of Mercy, to provide oral healthcare to those in our community who are less privileged.