As there are many sayings about a person's smile, I too believe smiles can change lives and empower people. When I was 8 years old, I had trauma that caused subluxation of my upper incisor. I spent many years trying to hide my teeth when smiling before I met my orthodontist, who changed my smile and sparked my interest in orthodontics.
I grew up in Hampton Roads and attended University of Virginia, where I majored in Biochemistry and Biology and developed my passion for research. After graduating from UVA, I worked at the National Institute of Health as a Research Specialist before entering dental school. I completed the Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where I was awarded the Matthew Cryer Honors, given to the top 10 students in the class. I received the post-doctoral Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. I started practicing orthodontics in Fairfax County, Virginia and then relocated to Connecticut in 2017. I’m happy to be back home in Virginia and excited to meet new patients!
My goal is to demonstrate lifelong learning and keeping up with emerging technology and advancements in orthodontics. I aim to treat all patients as if they were part of my extended family and consider that the best part of being an orthodontist is to be able to build long-term relationships with patients and their families. Every day I feel fortunate to have a career that allows me to empower people by helping them achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and hope to visit as many destinations as I can. I also enjoy hiking, visiting local restaurants to sample new cuisines, and love watching movies and my favorite TV channel, the Food Network.