It all started with a trip to Zion National Park
Nearly 20 years ago, I was finishing up a degree in computer science (of all things). Computer Science satisfied my love of detail and precision, but I was beginning to realize that sitting behind a monitor all day wasn’t for me. I wanted to be with people and make a difference in their lives. Over spring break, I hiked Zion National Park with friends from church. While discussing life after college, a friend threw out the question, “Why don’t you become a dentist?” And as they say, “the rest is history.”
From “Plain Old” Dentist to Miracle Worker
My sweet wife had suffered from intense morning headaches since she was a teenager. She’d seen dozens of doctors without getting any answers. In dental school, a professor very knowledgable in TMJ and TMD heard about my wife’s headaches. When he told me he knew how to fix them and that he’d teach me, I rushed to call my wife (from a payphone – didn’t have smart phones back then!). When I told her I could fix her headaches with a custom bite splint, she was naturally skeptical. “You think you can fix my headaches with a piece of special plastic? That’s Crazy!” Eventually, she agreed to let me try. To both of our utter amazement… it worked.
Headache Fueled Passion
For my wife, her cure seemed like a miracle. For me, it was the beginning of a passion for transforming lives with dentistry. Imagine enduring intense daily headaches and in 24 hours having them gone! Dentistry does that for many people in many ways. Think about it! For people who are losing teeth, every implant is like a miracle. Implants are revolutionizing how we age, giving us new teeth that act and feel like our original teeth only stronger. Implants keep us looking younger, eating healthier and smiling more confidently. Who would have thought that was possible 30 years ago? Sedation is making miracles too. With sedation, people who are terrified of the dentist can save their teeth even if they’re broken down to the point that they’re in constant pain and can’t eat. With sedation, people who are afraid can get a completely new healthy smile. Talk about radical life change!
Aren’t you JUST a General Dentist
Yes, a general dentist, but not “just” a general dentist.
Being a general dentist, requires dental school. Since dental school, I’ve completed nearly 1,000 hours of additional training. I have extra training in implants, bone grafting, surgery, invisalign, sedation, advanced general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orofacial pain, jaw joint health, bite health, and sleep dentistry.
Do I just love being in school? Why so much extra training? I know that ideal outcomes depend on both the dentist’s skill and the patient’s trust. When I invest in training, I build both my skill and my patients’ trust. This picture was taken when I was granted a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor earned by just 6% of American dentists.
Dad was a carpenter, Mom cared for the elderly.
What do you get when you combine a finish carpenter and a caregiver? You get a perfectionist with heart. The attention to detail, the eye for artistry and the desire to care for people and help them live there healthiest lives runs my family. My parents taught me early on in life that it mattered if a job was done well and that people matter more than things. The best outcomes in dentistry always come when excellence and precision are combined with an investment of trust and care. Heart plus head means being dedicated to the process, the product and most especially, the person.
Dentistry may be my passion, but it’s not my only passion
When I’m not caring for patients or attending courses, you might find me reading a book with my wife and daughter (maybe Chronicles of Narnia for the umpteenth time), hiking and exploring the outdoors, enjoying one of my daughter’s violin recitals, or daydreaming about snowboarding.
Our mission is to transform lives by transforming smiles. We use advanced dental medicine to heal what’s hurting, to beautify what’s broken, and to restore what’s been lost. We want every person who walks through our doors to leave healthier, but we’re not stopping there. We’re on a mission to transform 2000 San Antonio smiles by the year 2020. Stop hiding your smile and experience the power of transformation!
Our Values / Our Vision
Joy, Excellence, Teamwork, Social Profit, Innovation, Respect, Integrity
Smile for Smile: Light up the world with Smiles
If you ever talk to my parents, you’ll quickly figure out that they’re not from Texas. My parents grew up in Communist Romania where they constantly struggled to scrape together basics like milk & butter. Access to quality dental care was unimaginable. They endured a lot of toothaches, and a desire to help them repair their teeth motivated me to become an implant dentist. A desire to help those who still live with fewer options that we here in the United States motivated me to found the Smile for Smile Initiative with the mission of spreading smiles and giving back dental care, supplies and education to people in need around the world. So far, we’ve provided dentistry at free clinics in Del Rio and Laredo, supported a hygienist going to Haiti, taught kids in the poorest region of Romania about how to take care of their teeth and provided them with their first-ever toothbrushes. We’ve also partnered with local charities to provide dental care for local San Antonians in need. And when I say we, that includes you! If you’re a patient at Alamo Dental Health, you are part of our Smile for Smile Initiative! Caring for your smile helps us care for theirs!
Click here to learn more about Smile for Smile
Dentistry is a Team Sport!
So much focus on dentist – the team is what makes it possible for me to do what I do.
When fractions of millimeters matter, technology matters
Nowhere is that more true than in the field of dentistry where engineering and art intersect in the creation of functional, strong teeth and beautiful smiles. The distance between good dentistry and failing dentistry can be less than a millimeter. The difference between good and great is often fractions of a millimeter. What that means is that you can’t do great dentistry without great tools. One of the most valuable lessons my Dad taught me growing up was that creating a beautiful final product depends on having the right tool for the job.
Alamo Dental Health
Alamo Dental Health
8647 Wurzbach Rd, Building B, San Antonio Texas 78240
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