Helping People Achieve Amazing Smiles
Before I went to dental school and finished with a specialty certificate in orthodontics, I studied mechanical engineering. I worked in the aerospace industry for six years before returning to school. I like to think that I’m a "Smile Engineer," one who brings together the best of both my careers to create each patient’s best smile!
I became a dentist in 1997 and spent the next two years in an orthodontic residency. I started practicing in Rhode Island in 1999, as one of five orthodontists in a very large practice. After three years, I realized I wanted to be my own boss and started looking for a practice to buy. I’m thrilled to have found what I was seeking in Plattsburgh!
Being an orthodontist is about helping people make lasting, positive changes in their lives. Having straight teeth improves a person’s oral and overall health. It also improves their self-esteem and gives them confidence, as they know they have an incredible smile. Best of all, their new smiles will last a lifetime!
I am humbled by the trust patients place in me and take that responsibility seriously. I understand that people have their own desires, as well as clinical and personal concerns. I encourage patients to talk openly with me about what they need from care. Doing so gives me the best insight into how I can exceed their expectations and deliver the smile of their dreams.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Santa Clara University (four years)
- Science courses to transition from mechanical engineering to dental school – Stanford University (one year)
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Tufts University (four years)
- Certificate in Orthodontics – Tufts University (two years)
I’m a member and former president of the Damon® Study Club (the type of brackets we use). Other orthodontists and I meet to review the latest advances in the specialty. I also complete many hours of continuing orthodontic education throughout the year. I attend local, regional, and national meetings, and I participate in lectures and other events. By staying at the leading edge of new technologies and techniques, I ensure we deliver state-of-the-art care to our patients.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- New England Society of Orthodontists
- Tufts Association of Orthodontists
- Damon Study Club
- Spear Study Club (a group of local dental professionals who meet to share ideas and case knowledge)
I grew up in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Plattsburgh, NY has been home for my family for more than 15 years. My wife and I have been happily married for over 25 years. We have two children: Connor, who is a recent graduate of St. Lawrence University, and Lucy, who is studying at the University of Richmond.
When I’m not working, I love time with my family. We enjoy hiking, skiing, and doing anything on Lake Champlain. I also really love to golf, although I’m not great at it. Still, I think walking around outside on a beautiful day is a wonderful way to spend a few hours! I recently obtained my pilot's license and am teaching myself to play the ukulele.