Thoughts on Being a Dentist
It is a privilege and honor to be a dentist. I feel it’s a trusted position in our community, and one that I cannot take lightly. Being a dentist means I must treat each person with the same level of care that I’d provide to a family member: professionally, compassionately, and gently, and always with integrity.
I love my patients. It’s fun and challenging to care for a five-year-old and teach them how to brush their teeth, then encourage a teenager to floss more regularly, and later in the day to talk with a 95-year-old about their oral health. I love seeing the broad spectrum of life and being able to offer assistance to everyone. After working in East Ventura for more than ten years, I’ve developed relationships with many families. Watching children become teens, and then adults, and having them feel like a member of my own family, is wonderful.
Every day I’m challenged by dentistry. Each time I learn a new area of the profession, it’s another tool in the toolbox that allows me to offer better treatment plans to my patients. I love that there is never any end to the number of things I can learn about my field, all of them focused on helping people develop and maintain excellent oral health and smiles.
My Education and Continuing Education
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Loma Linda University
Continuing education is essential if I’m going to be able to constantly meet my patients’ needs for the best, most comfortable treatments and strongest results.
I’m a graduate of the Progressive Orthodontic Seminars, which is a two-year continuing education program that gives dentists the experience needed to deliver comprehensive orthodontic care. I’ve also completed a dental implant mini residence, and numerous other courses in endodontics, CEREC® 3D milled crown procedures, and oral surgery.
With my experience and abilities in various fields of dentistry, my patients can receive their specialized dental care here in my office, if they so choose.
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Santa Barbara Ventura County Dental Society
I’m a Southern California native and have lived in Ventura since 2003. My wife, Neeta Wallace, is an anesthesiologist from St. Johns. When I’m not working, I’m usually spending time with and caring for my four children.
I enjoy being active and can often be found running, swimming, and surfing. I do at least one triathlon a year, and am a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is a great way to let out stress at the end of the day.