I became a dentist because I wanted to make a real difference in people’s lives. I loved the idea that the work of my hands could bring improved health and greater comfort to people: people I could continue to know and help for a lifetime. I graduated with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 2001. In 2014, I became a fellow with the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry and a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Every year, I take continuing education courses because I am committed to staying at the forefront of emerging developments in dentistry: the advances that deliver even better outcomes for my patients.