My Path to Dentistry
“Generosity is giving more than you can, pride is taking less than you need.” — Khalil Gibran
I have always modeled my philosophy of care after this quote, but coming from a family full of engineers the shoe just didn’t fit for me. I grew up locally in Des Moines and attended the University of Washington. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Physiology and took a year off before dental school to travel to India and other parts of the world while I still could. It was during this year I met my wife (unbeknownst to me at the time) Joanna.
I was eager to see another part of the country and chose to complete my Doctorate of Dental Medicine in Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Admittedly it was hard to be a Seahawk in the “Steeler Nation.”
I became avidly involved in student government and campaigned several times in Washington, D.C. for increased access to care and funding for dental programs and residencies. I left Pittsburgh after the four best years of my life, excellent clinical training in dental medicine, and a passion for the local and national platform in dental reform and government.
I completed a one-year AEGD (advanced education in general dentistry) residency in Spokane before going into private practice. It was here I realized my passion for pediatrics. Over the next couple of years, I worked exclusively in pediatrics and then returned to adult private practice, where I realized how much I enjoyed family dentistry, cosmetics, and oral surgery.
After the birth of our second daughter Emelia, we thought we had found our final stop in Spokane. In the end, the draw of family in western Washington and beauty of Puget Sound and all it offers was too much to live without. Being a practice owner early in my career was always the plan, so I made that a reality in 2013.
Petrie Advanced Dental was opened in that year and was transitioned over from a wonderful physician, Dr. Dan Gallacher. His sense of practice, diagnosis, and care was immediately in line with my own philosophy of treatment. Personal, professional, progressive care is my immediate priority. Healthcare is very personal business, so should be the relationship you establish with your dentist.
Petrie Advanced Dental is also a progressive office where we implement the latest proven materials and techniques in the care we render. I consistently work to improve my knowledge and practice by enrolling in 50 hours or more of continuing education. I consider myself not just lucky, but blessed and privileged, to do what I do.
Outside the office, travel, nature, and history have always been my passions. I most enjoy boating, snow skiing, running, mountain climbing, wake boarding, and motorcycling (when I am able to). I am excited to be back in the PNW to fish and crab again and show my girls the way of life I grew up with.