It brings me great joy to be a part of my patients’ journey as each achieves his or her perfect smile. Having an awesome smile is more than just having straight teeth; it leads to increased self-confidence and better oral health.
Seeing each patient’s transformation is the most rewarding aspect of being an orthodontist and is my greatest motivator to do the best work I possibly can.
I love meeting people and learning their stories. Many patients have big dreams and big goals: children and teenagers tell me about where they want to travel and the universities they want to attend. Adults tell me about their careers, their family, and plans for the future. Interestingly, it all starts with the person telling me how he or she wants to improve a smile and how that perfect smile will help them get to where the patient wants to be!
I graduated from dental school in 2012 and completed my master’s degree and orthodontic training in 2015. I was drawn to oral healthcare because of the day-to-day interactions with patients and the diversity of people I spend time with.
Every day is different, every conversation and every treatment is unique, and every smile changes a person’s life!
- Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering – University of California at Irvine
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – New York University
- Master of Science in craniofacial biology – University of Southern California
- Orthodontic specialty certificate – University of Southern California
I attend local, national, and international conferences to learn about the latest techniques in orthodontia. I’ve traveled to all the major West Coast and national meetings, as well as to Thailand for the World Implant Orthodontic Conference and to Japan’s Tokyo Dental College to learn more about treating cases with mini-implants. I also participate in local Invisalign® courses to stay current on the latest clear aligner technology.
Constantly broadening and deepening my skill set allows me to customize treatment specific to each patient. There are pros and cons to all techniques; continuing education ensures I can fully evaluate and determine which approach will deliver the best experience and most stable, functional, and beautiful results for each patient.
I’m passionate about education and enjoy teaching. I taught at the University of Washington and now occasionally volunteer to teach at the University of Southern California.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- University of Southern California Orthodontic Alumni Association, board member
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Walnut, California, then moved to Seattle and lived there for two years after finishing my orthodontic training. Now I live in San Gabriel and love being back in the L.A. area.
Outside of work, I spend much of my time with my fiancée, whom I met in dental school. We have no kids or pets, but I hope to have a Corgi someday. Maybe two, come to think of it!
When I’m not caring for smiles, there’s a good chance I’m looking for something to eat. I love Japanese food and I love ice cream. My favorite foods include Japanese ramen, soft-serve ice cream on a cone, and In-n-Out burgers!