Being a dentist means that I get to live my dream every day. I enjoy helping patients to achieve their oral health goals, whether it is reducing periodontal disease, restoring a beautiful smile, or just helping to get a patient back on track with regular visits. I feel like I have helped many individuals feel more comfortable receiving the dental care that they need by being friendly, caring, compassionate, and understanding. I treat the person, not just the teeth. I listen to the wants and needs of my patients so that I can treat each person with the individual care they deserve.
I grew up in a family of nurses who instilled in me the value of health care. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to help people obtain their oral health goals and fix people’s teeth so that they feel confident about their smiles. It’s something that happened to me as a child—I had braces and experienced first-hand how important a beautiful smile was to my self-esteem.
Education and Continuing Education
- Lockport High School – Lockport, NY, Valedictorian
- Bachelor of Science degree in Biology – Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, Summa cum Laude
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – State University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Magna cum Laude
- OKU National Dental Honor Society
- Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency – VA Hospital, Buffalo, NY
I currently sit on the executive council for the Niagara County Dental Society as the Treasurer. I enjoy staying active and participating in continuing education courses offered by the Niagara County Dental Society, Erie County Dental Society, and University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. I enjoy learning as much as I can in order to provide the best possible dental care. I truly believe we are never done learning—there are always ways to learn new techniques and new materials in the ever-changing world of dentistry.
- Niagara County Dental Society - Treasurer 2017
- New York State Dental Society
- American Dental Association
- OKU Dental Honor Society
Outside the Office
I have been married to my best friend, Brian, since 2008. Together, we have three amazing children: twins Kelly and Kyle, and Jacob. We also have a dog, Brutus, who is a gentle, loving Lhasa Apso.
I enjoy spending time with the family, riding bikes, swimming, and playing on our playset. My husband, the kids, and I love to support our local sports teams. You can find us regularly at Buffalo Bills, Sabres, and Bisons games.
I have also had the heartwarming experience of raising a child with special needs. My daughter, Kelly, has cerebral palsy, and I have made a lifelong commitment to help her achieve her personal physical goals. Being a parent of a special needs child has helped me to further develop the virtues of patience, understanding, and compassion, and has helped me to realize what is truly important in life. I am passionate about raising awareness of special needs, and have even formed a local support group for parents of children with cerebral palsy. I am also very active with the Buffalo Variety Club. Kelly and Kyle were the poster twins for the 2017 Variety Telethon which helped to raise over $1,025,000.00.
~Kelly, Kyle, and Jacob~