I love being an orthodontist! I strive for perfection in each smile that I create and am dedicated to helping my patients love their smile. I can relate to my patients because I’ve been through it all myself: I sucked my thumb until 4th grade and had braces twice as well as multiple other orthodontic appliances, plus I recently treated myself with Invisalign! It was always hard work, but my orthodontist supported and encouraged me and I do the same with my patients.
My favorite part about practicing orthodontics is getting to know each of my patients personally, as well as watching their transformation throughout the orthodontic process. I genuinely care about each of them and always like seeing how they become happier, more confident, and more outgoing as they move through treatment.
I interned for Dr. Taylor while I was a college student, running errands and assisting him and his team. He is a big reason why I decided to become an orthodontist. I am grateful for the opportunity to return to Waco and practice with Dr. Taylor in the same office that inspired me years ago.
Education and Certification
I grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University. After college, I attended Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). I stayed at Texas A&M for my orthodontic residency, which is widely known as one of the top orthodontic programs in the country! During my 34 months there, I was involved in both research and teaching. I finished the program with my Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree.
I am certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board that is recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontics. Surprisingly, only about 1 in 3 orthodontists choose to become board certified. I believe that board certification demonstrates my commitment to providing my patients with the highest level of orthodontic care.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
- Southwest Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- Central Texas Dental Society
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honor Society)
Beyond the Office
Though I grew up in Houston and spent the last 7 years in Dallas for dental school and residency, I am now proud to call Waco home! My dog Oliver has been my best friend and roommate for the last 8 years. When I’m not working, I love losing myself in a book, scrapbooking, and taking long walks with Oliver down by the Brazos River.