Dedication, Communication, Results- with a genuine smile on my face, and my office adorned with my beauty pageant crown hanging beside my Navy uniform.
I am a doctor, an officer, and… the International Ms. 2020
Dentistry and duty run in my blood. My father, also a dentist, inspired my love of service and teeth, and I followed his footsteps becoming a Navy officer- a heritage that goes back to the Revolutionary War and earned me a Daughters of the American Revolution college scholarship.
While I continue my service as a Navy orthodontist based off-base, I have a passion for working with civilian kids and their moms. Whenever I can, I moonlight in private practices, using my strengths as a compassionate communicator (with a confidently feminine charm) to help improve the self-esteem of women, girls, and boys, one orthodontic procedure at a time.
I have lived in and visited over 50 countries in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, including my deployment with the United States Navy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Al Asad, Iraq where I took care of the smiles of over 25,000 active duty, contractors and Iraqi security forces.
After practicing for three years as a general dentist, I was selected to attend the elite Tri-Service Orthodontics Residency Program at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
While in residency I competed and won the title Ms. Texas, followed by Ms. United States 2012 and Ms. Galaxy 2014. The titles allowed me the opportunity to mentor young girls and show them that they can be and do anything- from beauty queen to Navy officer to orthodontist. At the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Conference I was a keynote speaker, speaking to over 1,000 middle school girls for the Department of Defense in Japan.