Dentistry is unique in that every day I am truly ‘hands-on’ with my patients while helping to improve not just their dental health, but their overall health as well. Building trust and showing that you care about people is essential when establishing a good relationship.
What I like best about my job is taking a person who has had previously negative experiences and turning that patient into someone who is no longer afraid to go to the dentist. In particular, it is very important that dentistry is comfortable, stress-free, and pain-free.
My patients feel like family. I like sharing ideas and experiences they have had, and I want to learn from them. For the past 24 years, I have devoted myself to the field of dentistry because I have always been interested in health-related fields and I liked that you can immediately see the results of your efforts. It brings me much satisfaction when I see people leave the office healthier than when they walked in. Dentistry allows you to form long-term bonds with your patients, while also helping dramatically improve their lives.
I did my undergraduate studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho. I obtained my Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1988.
Affiliations and Continuing Education
- American Dental Association
- Indiana Dental Association
- North Central Dental Society
- Chicago Dental Society
- Health Resources Incorporated Board Member
- Charter Member North Central Dental Foundation
- Heraeus Dental Advisory Board Member
In addition, I have participated in continuing education including in-depth veneer training, extensive course-work in Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), and occlusal (bite) problems with the Dawson Academy and the Piper Institute.
Each year, our office also attends all the local seminars that the North Central Dental Society sponsors, as well as the Chicago Midwinter Meeting where we obtain a variety of new and up-to-date-information on many different aspects of dentistry.
About Our Office
Our team is highly skilled and friendly, and has taken numerous continuing education courses. They have many years of experience and they really enjoy their positions. In addition, they are highly trained and are given a lot of responsibility. This responsibility encourages them to always do their best and to handle patients with care. They take great pride in our office and truly do work together as a team. Many patients comment on how nice and welcoming the staff is to the patients as well as to each other.
To put our quality care into practice, we have all the latest up-to-date technologies. New patients who come from other offices are often amazed at the technology our office uses, as well as how detailed and thorough we are at documenting their dental work. Not only do we provide high quality dentistry, but we have fun in our office and everyone has a good sense of humor.
I grew up at Clear Lake by Fremont, Indiana, and have lived in South Bend, Indiana for 24 years. I am married to Steve Wong, who is an orthodontist. He also helps coach several junior high sports teams including track, basketball, and football. We have a daughter, Alex, and a son, Connor, and two dogs named Kaia and Mahea.
Outside of work, you can find me watching my kids play sports, reading, doing water sports, and snow skiing. I like to cook and try new food as well as travel with my family. I am also a supporter of the Women’s Care Center as well as the Potawatomi Zoo and the Humane Society.