I love being a dentist! I tremendously enjoy what I get to do each day, from relieving a patient’s fears to creating new and beautiful smiles, as I work hand-in-hand (literally) with our staff. I’m blessed beyond measure to be in a profession I love and to work with my husband, Mark, at our practice.
I truly enjoy getting to know my patients personally as I care for their dental needs. I love learning about their lives, their interests and experiences, and seeing their families grow and change over the years. Each person brings new ideas and stories to our office, which broadens my world and makes me a better person and a better provider.
Growing up, I loved working with my hands. If Pintrest had been around when I was a young girl, I would have driven my mom crazy with DIY projects! Combine that creativity and artistry with a love of science, a strong interest in healthcare, and a need to be in a profession that helps others…dentistry was, and is, the ideal fit for me!
- Undergraduate, Kearney State College
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry
One of the things I love about dentistry is that it’s constantly evolving. I’m passionate about learning and the advancements in technologies, along with new materials and methodologies, means there are always new things for me to learn!
Each year I complete many hours of continuing education, studying general dentistry, as well as topics including Invisalign® orthodontic aligners and CEREC® one-day tooth restorations. I have completed the Pankey Institute curriculum, am a past member of the Seattle Study Club, and currently study through the Dawson Academy and Spear Education.
- American Dental Association
- Nebraska Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Nebraska Academy of General Dentistry
- Christian Medical and Dental Association
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in rural Nebraska and have lived in Kearney with Mark and our family since 1991. We have enjoyed so many things during our marriage and working together, but the best thing we have been blessed with is our family!
Our oldest, our son Garrett, lives in Oklahoma with his wife, Ashley. He graduated from UNMC College of Dentistry in 2017 and is the 12th dentist in our extended family.
Our daughter, Megan, married her high school sweetheart Tylon, and they live in Kearney. Megan and Ty have our first grandson, Weston, who is the cutest kid on the planet! We’re also blessed to have extended family living nearby and, of course, dogs and cats are a must in our lives!
Mark and I both enjoy finding things to do outside. We also like working out, cooking together, and traveling. We’re mission minded; Mark and I have provided dental care and shared the love of Jesus Christ around the world, from Africa to Romania, Brazil, Guatemala, and other areas. It’s what makes us happiest!
I’ve also been active in women’s Bible studies, have been our kids’ biggest cheerleader, and had the opportunity to teach as a part-time clinical faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry.