The best part of my profession is seeing that smile when the braces come off and knowing that I am able to make a difference in people's lives.
My motivation to become an orthodontist began at age 10 when my dentist referred me to an orthodontist. My front teeth stuck out 11 mm., but with orthodontic care, they were straight. I was not only happy to have nice smile, but was determined to make people proud of their smile.
Pathway to the Profession
After high school, ten years of college seemed too much. I altered my path from orthondontics to chase a new dream of working on the Space Shuttle Program for NASA. I became a Professional Mechanical Engineer and worked for Lockheed-Martin on the fire protection systems for the space shuttle launch facilities from 1982-1987. This was the most patriotic experience of my life. Shortly after the Challenger accident, I knew I was ready to rekindle my dream of becoming an orthodontist.
Seven short years of education in California, Colorado, and New York later, my family made the move back to Colorado, and established Monumental Smiles in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1993.
Special Professional Recognitions
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, College of Diplomates
Past President of the Western Colorado Dental Society
President of the Colorado Orthodontic Society (2009-2010)
American Dental Association Member (1987-present)
American Association of Orthodontics Member (1991-present)
Western Colorado Dental Society Member (1993-present)
Recognized as a Colorado Top Orthodontist by 5280 Magazine (2009, 2011)
A Positive Experience
We work hard to earn our patient's trust by creating great smiles in a fun and very personable enviroment. We understand some patients may feel unsure about orthodontic care, and we can make a positive difference! Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent care in a fun and professional way.
We thank you for allowing us to take care of your orthodontic needs and look forward to seeing you.
Make an appointment today…..we’ll give you a reason to smile!