Dentistry for me is not just a career, it is a calling. Each day, I get the privilege of making exceptional, scared, or pain-filled patients comfortable, and help keep healthy patients on the right path. It is not a privilege I take lightly. I feel that each patient deserves to get the best we have to offer every day we are available; no matter what the circumstances, we will deliver the best we possibly can.
So many people have a fear of going to the dentist. When we can convert a fearful patient to a happy one, it is incredible. Our patient base is a very diverse one, with patients from all walks of life and all socioeconomic levels. With such diversity, we have learned that dental problems affect different people differently. That is why we develop a customized path back to health for each person. Patients know that they mean more to us than simply a set of teeth.
Education and continuing education
I began my formal education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry. That was over 22 years ago, but it feels like yesterday!
Technology has advanced so rapidly that continuing my education has become a vital aspect of my practice. I have taken advanced dental education at both the L.D. Pankey Institute and the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study. I believe that in order to provide the best outcomes for our patients, with the greatest longevity, I have to stay ahead of the curve.
Many of the courses that I attend are cutting edge, with topics such as laser dentistry, CAD/CAM (CEREC®) dentistry, Invisalign®, Lumineers®, TMJ/occlusal disease, and MRI interpretation of the TMJ, just to name a few.
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Virginia Dental Association
- Shenandoah Valley Dental Association
Outside the office
My wife, Dr. Sandra Catchings, and I live in the middle of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. We moved here after Hurricane Katrina hit our previous home in New Orleans. We love this area and the wonderful people in it.
Sandra and I have one son, William, and a slew of animals, including a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named Eliza, a leopard Bengal cat named Minncat, a boxing turtle rescued from the hurricane named Worminator, a bearded dragon named Geico, and a Mini Rex Rabbit named Stormy, not to mention three Sebastopol geese and four Buff Orpington chickens.
When I’m not taking care of the garden and the animals, I enjoy teaching high-speed drivers’ education and tinkering with radio-controlled cars, trucks, and airplanes. I also stay active in our community and have served for many years on the board for the Augusta Health Free Dental Clinic.