Transforming Lives Through Smiles
My entry into the orthodontic world began when I answered an ad in the PennySaver for an orthodontic assistant. I was hoping to find a second job to put myself through college. Instead, I found a vocation and a lifelong passion!
My own smile was an embarrassment to me. My parents took great care of my teeth, since my mother’s problems with her teeth led her to prioritize our dental care. But orthodontia was beyond our family’s means. I couldn’t believe my good fortune to have the opportunity to have my teeth straightened as a benefit of my new job!
My orthodontic care transformed my smile and my life: It changed the way I saw myself and the way the world saw me. I’m not sure I fully appreciated how much not liking my smile affected my self-confidence, but the gift of a new smile changed the trajectory of my life.
I understand how powerful a beautiful smile can be for a person. I am blessed to be able to help others transform their lives in the same way.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in biology – University of Miami
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – University of Florida
- Master of Science in orthodontics – University of Tennessee
Orthodontics and dentistry are constantly changing. What I learned in dental school and during my three-year residency were great foundations, but new techniques and technologies are being introduced at a dizzying pace. Learning about these developments not only fulfills my desire to stay current, but helps me to meet my duty to provide patients with the best in specialty orthodontic care.
I am an active member of the Spear Study Club, which is interdisciplinary, as well as the Volusia Dental Academy, a local study club. I also take many orthodontic continuing education courses that focus on interdisciplinary treatment, Invisalign®, new technologies, occlusion, and TMJ-TMD.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
- Florida Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- Volusia-Flagler County Dental Association
I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and have called Ormond Beach home since 1995. My husband Oscar is a periodontist in Daytona Beach. My family includes three daughters: Olivia, Zoe, and Annie. When I’m not working, I’m usually enjoying time with my family, playing tennis, or reading. I love fishing, too, and make incredible pestos!