On Being a Dentist
I find the greatest satisfaction in being a dentist comes from the positive impact I have on my patients’ lives. I could be removing the pain of a toothache, or performing a smile makeover, but whatever I’m doing, that person’s life is going to be better. As a dentist, I am able to do this every day. When I see a grateful smile on a patient’s face, I feel a great sense of personal and professional fulfillment.
Dentistry is my passion: I can help people feel better about themselves and improve their health, while developing relationships with each patient. I enjoy seeing a familiar face come through the door, and knowing I’ll soon be hearing their latest news. I like meeting new people and learning about their lives just as much.
It’s a great feeling at the end of a dental procedure, when a patient smiles, or even hugs me, and thanks me for a great visit.
Education and Continuing Education
My Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) was awarded by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. I’m a believer in continuing education for every professional, but especially for those of us in the oral healthcare fields. Dentistry is a constantly evolving profession, with changes in technology, treatments, and approaches to care. By staying abreast of these changes, and continually strengthening and expanding my skills, I’m able to ensure my patients receive the best possible care.
Throughout the year I pursue continuing education courses. I concentrate on implant dentistry, full-mouth reconstruction care, smile makeovers and cosmetic dentistry, and treatment for TMJ-TMD.
After living in Iran and Germany, I settled in Houston more than 35 years ago. My wife Christine and I were married in 2001. We have a son, Colin, born in 2002 and a daughter, Charlize, born in 2004.
My family, and spending quality time with them, is my priority away from work. I also enjoy hiking and mountaineering, biking, and adventure traveling. Being outdoors and exploring the world is a large part of who I am. I love sharing this with my family.