Helping People Achieve Amazing Smiles
Before I went to dental school and finished with a certificate in orthodontics, I studied mechanical engineering. I worked in the aerospace industry for six years before returning to school: I’m a "Smile Engineer" 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 and Saranac Lake!
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 each person has their own desires, as well as clinical and personal concerns. I encourage patients to talk openly with me about what they need from care. That 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
- Science classes to transition from mechanical engineering to dental school (one year) – Stanford University
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Tufts University
- Certificate in Orthodontics – Tufts University
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 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 25 years. We have two children: Connor, who is studying communications at St. Lawrence University, and Lucy, who is in high school.
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, though I’m not great at it. Still, I think walking around outside, on a beautiful day, is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon. I enjoy playing volleyball and soccer, as well.
I help build the Drama Club sets and serve on the after-prom committee for Plattsburgh High School. I’m currently on the board of directors for the Champlain Country Club and am a former board member of the Noon Rotary Club and the Plattsburgh Middle School FSO. I was on stage with the Chazy Music Theatre for several years, and I still join my daughter, Lucy, on stage for the annual Nutcracker production.