Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time
I love being an orthodontist! I’ve been practicing for almost ten years and know what we do for people is really awesome. So many people start treatment feeling embarrassed by their teeth; they don’t smile much, or they cover their mouth when they do. But when they finish … the change in each person’s confidence and the bright, happy smile says it all. I love being part of the team that transforms lives!
People are so unique, with different backgrounds and experiences. That’s fascinating all by itself. But as an orthodontist, I spend a lot of time working with kids and adolescents. I get to watch kids grow up and mature during treatment; I witness each become a remarkable young adult, and learn what’s important to them. It’s cool to be part of their story.
I see each patient as a puzzle. There are many individual pieces I need to put together to create a treatment plan that works for the person’s clinical situation, along with aesthetic and other concerns. I love how each patient challenges me to find the right approach: there’s no “one treatment for all” plan here!
I love working with my hands and have been doing so all my life. Orthodontics is the perfect blend of science, art, creativity, and building connections with people. Of course, the excitement and never-ending smiles is the biggest reward!
At Smile Straight Orthodontics, we all do everything we can to help people feel comfortable, welcome, excited, and engaged during treatment. We keep things fun and light-hearted, as well as laid back, to minimize stress and keep people smiling. And if you’re lucky, we may even sing to you the day you get your braces off!
Education and Continuing Education
- Undergraduate degree – Arizona State
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Orthodontic residency and Master of Science – University of Colorado
Each year I complete many continuing education courses, to study new clinical and technical techniques, Invisalign®, practice management, implant planning, and oral health.
Attending courses keeps me current with developing technologies and methodologies. It also ensures we’re able to offer a range of care options. Each patient has a unique set of circumstances and needs, which require an individualized treatment approach. Continuing education ensures I’m able to provide the best approach for each person.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Texas Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- El Paso District Dental Society
Beyond the Office
I was born and raised in the deserts of the southwest in Mesa, Arizona. After schooling, my family and I ended up in El Paso and love it here! Tristin and I have been married for 15 years and have six children: five boys and one girl. Our house is pretty much always loud and messy, and some sport is being played in the backyard. We don’t have any pets: we have kids to feed, instead!
Outside of work, I’m a garage mechanic, outdoorsman, and “aging” athlete. I’m usually found camping, mountain biking/skiing/running, at one of my kids’ games or events, wrenching something, or reading a book about mountain climbing. Between work, church, and my kids’ activities, that’s all we have time for!
I do, however, enjoy working with the young men’s organization at my church and running the Boy Scouts of America program with them. I’ve been volunteering in the scouting program for more than ten years, in multiple roles, and I work mainly with 12- and 13-year-old boys.