Each month an active member of our AAE Connection Community will be highlighted.
Position: I am an endodontist and co-owner of two practices in the State of Oregon, one in the Portland area, and one in the Astoria area.
Career Highlights: I worked as a general dentist for seven years before getting the bur under my saddle to go back to school for endodontics.
Why Endodontics: I wanted to do something more clear that running a general dental office. I also liked the idea of marketing to dentists instead of the general public. That might be changing now, but I still like marketing to professionals.
Best Piece of Career Advice: One unsolicited piece of advice I would offer is: call your patients, personally, after treatment. They love it.
Endo Challenge: Get on Connection and ask people when you have a case you don't understand. You will get great advice. I have overcome several hard decision making processes and gotten many clinical tips by asking this terrific group.
Reason for Becoming an AAE member: I have always felt like being a member of "organized dentistry" benefits me personally, and that I ought to do my part to give back to the group. At my residency program at UT Health, San Antonio, participating was emphasized and explained, and is a tradition.
Fun Fact: I enjoy trail running (very slowly) and have run the Wildwood Trail (30.4 miles) in Portland, Oregon's Forest Park, a long section of the Pacific Crest Trail through the Three Sisters Wilderness area, and a long section of the Western States 100 course near Auburn, California, among other marathons and training runs.
Community Question: How do we emphasize ethics and personal integrity among ourselves to promote excellence among endodontics, and somehow require that same excellence of other practitioners?
If you have a member you would like to recommend, please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.