I have been lucky enough to pursue many different opportunities in my life, and I am always eager to meet new people. I decided at a young age that I wanted to pursue the field of dentistry. While attending a Christmas party at the age of 12, I overheard a physician describe the human body and became fascinated. As a child growing up in Spokane, I spent time in the Columbia Valley visiting the communities I am excited to get to know everyone and serve the great town of Quincy.
- Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor's of Science in Biology/Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA
- Graduate Studies: Master's of Business Administration from University of Phoenix in Seattle, WA
- Dental School: Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN
Moving to Bellingham, I attended Western Washington University and furthered my education in the human body. I obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology/Anthropology and a minor in Chemistry. The road to dentistry was laid with hundreds of hours volunteering at the local community health clinic in downtown Bellingham. I saw firsthand how dentistry can change people's lives.
After talking to many dentists about the benefits of a strong business background, I decided to attend The University of Phoenix and pursue a Master's in Business Administration. This degree coupled with a strong biology/chemistry background was just the ticket to begin studying dentistry.
I moved my family to Saint Paul Minnesota to attend dental school because of the school's strong prosthodontic, oral pathology, and oral surgery programs. I immersed myself in the topic of dentistry, and I attended countless hours of continuing education in addition to the heavy load of dental school. I focused on a wide breadth of topics, focusing heavily on oral surgery and removable partial and complete dentures.
While attending The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, I made it a priority to volunteer as much as possible at the local shelter extracting teeth for people of humbled means. This was an excellent oral surgery experience, and it allowed me to build up my clinical skills. I'm excited to bring a new level of oral surgery procedures to Desert Sun Dental. I was also very active in the Hispanic Student Dental Association [HSDA] coordinating volunteer events and working as a member of the leadership team; I helped with events at the school, in the community, and at the national level. These experiences helped prepare me to apply exceptional care in a rigorous environment in all areas of general dentistry.
In the Practice
I have loved getting to know the lives of the people that I serve. Working with the team at Desert Sun Dental we have been lucky enough to change people’s lives, and I have loved every minute of it! Expanding the treatment options at Desert Sun Dental means most of the time patients no longer have to travel out of town to get treatment done. This has been amazingly well received.
Family and Community
After graduating, my family and I were excited to find an opportunity in the Columbia Valley. I spent time in the Columbia Valley as a young child and young adult. I enjoyed the sun, water, and people.
My boys and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors including camping, hiking, and swimming. We look forward to working in the community and growing.