As a dentist, I have always looked at the whole person and not just their teeth. Dental disease has been shown to cause heart and artery disease that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. To have total body health, you must have a healthy mouth. It is amazing to me how life changing it can be to a person when you can restore their form and function and give them the most beautiful smile as well. The confidence a patient gets when they are no longer embarrassed about their mouth can have a very large impact on their life.
I treat patients as though they are family. I recommend treatment in the same way. I also look at the quality of my work and say to myself, “If this was my mouth, would I be happy with this result”.
Education and Continuing Education
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 1979. I graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1983. I have been practicing in South Florida for the past thirty two years.
Dentistry is a constantly evolving science, and as such, requires a commitment to attend courses to keep up with all the new procedures and materials. I switched to digital x-rays long before most general dentists because I found that it greatly increases my ability to properly diagnose conditions in the mouth as well as educate the patient. I have taken many courses to be able to offer my patients Invisalign (orthodontic treatment), Root Canals, Esthetic Dentistry, Full- Mouth Reconstruction, Dentures, Implants and Botox.
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- Riveria Dental Study Club
Outside The Office
I married my childhood sweetheart, Elisa, in 1979 and we have been happily married for 36 years. We have two sons, Jason and Sean, ages 32 and 29. My wife and I enjoy working out together at the gym, as well as riding our bikes and going to the movies, shows and Arts Festivals. I am also a huge fan of the Miami Heat and watch every game. My oldest son, Jason lives in Atlanta and we look forward to his visits. My younger son, Sean, lives in China so we don’t see him very often but we remain very close to both via Skype, phone and WeChat.
In the Community
I have always wanted to be a dentist from a very young age. It is very satisfying to be able to help people realize their dreams. To give someone back their smile as well as their ability to chew properly is a gift I have been given. I love working with patients toward a common goal.