It may not be your typical fairy tale, but it is my (sort of) fairy tale. As a child of ten, I was told I had to visit an orthodontist. I had no idea what this meant, but for the next two years, I would come to realize that my smile was becoming more beautiful and my self-confidence was blossoming. I also came to admire my orthodontist. A wonderful man, always upbeat, gentle, and interested in ME. So, at the age of ten, I firmly announced, “I’m going to be an orthodontist when I grow up!”
The years would pass and my career choices ventured towards medicine. I loved the sciences and I knew that I wanted to help people. The obvious choice was to be a medical doctor. But I was also afraid of medicine…not that I couldn’t handle the academics, but could I handle the loss, could I handle the stress of someone’s life depending on me? Which led me back to my ten-year-old thought. Being an orthodontist offered all that I wanted (and more) …science, medicine, and helping people…. after all, your smile is your trademark and it is… forever.
So, I studied and I studied hard. The road wasn’t always easy, but I always did my best and gave it my all. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Delaware. I was then accepted to the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine and received one of only ten academic scholarships. I was in the top 10 of my graduating class and was awarded many prestigious honors upon graduating in 2000. I was immediately accepted to one of the world’s most prestigious orthodontic programs at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s Dental School, Department of Orthodontics. From there I completed my Master’s thesis on the effects of orthognathic surgery on facial movement. I received the North Carolina Alumni Association’s Research Award for this research.
And this is where I am in my fairy tale. I have happily and successfully been an orthodontist since 2003. I am a Gold+ level Invisalign Provider and will help make your forever smile possible.
I adore the fact that I have literally made thousands of people smile and love being part of patient families and giving back to the community. It is my pleasure and privilege to give you and your family your forever smile.
When I am not in the office working on your smile, I live the other part of my fairy tale. I have been married to a very charming Irishman for over ten years and we have two beautiful and amazing daughters. I adore, more than anything, being with my family. I also love to cook, garden and travel.