I really love being a general and cosmetic dentist in Thousand Oaks. It’s an amazing place to live and raise a family. I grew up here. My earliest memories are growing up in the Sunset Hills area and attending Weathersfield Elementary School. I loved to draw and I was a pretty creative kid. I really liked to go to the dentist. I liked getting my teeth cleaned and choosing the flavor of fluoride. I think it helped that I never got a cavity until I was in my 20s. I just mention this because at that time I never had any idea that someday I would be a dentist.
My family moved to the nearby Santa Rosa Valley when I was twelve. I graduated from Camarillo High School. I was really into basketball and baseball. I loved the Lakers. I was still into drawing and I had started painting quite a bit. I also really got into fixing things around that age. I really enjoyed seeing how things worked and repairing them.
I completed my undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University on the North Shore of Oahu. My first year of college I was on an Art scholarship. I loved art but I never really felt I would be an artist as a career. It was there that I met a dentist who was teaching biology. He invited me to his dental office to show me what being a dentist was like. That was my first inkling of becoming a dentist.
I went to dental school at USC in Los Angeles. I lived in Koreatown. It was great. It was like things were clicking. I was able to use my artistic talents and my fascination with fixing things at the same time. It was great to see a broken down tooth and repair it structurally and make it beautiful. I really got into the cosmetic aspect of dentistry.
I finished my dental training at a hospital based residency program in New York City.