I became a dentist because I love to smile and I want others to as well. From an early age, I knew I wanted to help people in a medical career and always enjoyed working with my hands. Having been a patient of Dr. Bill’s since I was 10 years old and seeing his interactions with patients and the overall philosophy of the profession, becoming a dentist quickly went to the top of my list. I graduated from Rolla High School and then went on to Truman State University on a full academic scholarship as a Harry S. Truman Leadership scholar where I graduated with honors in Biology. I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry where I was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and was in the Oral Surgery Advanced Studies program. After dental school, I was commissioned as an officer in the Dental Corps of the United States Air Force where I attended a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Eglin AFB, and then went on to general dentist assignments at Incirlik AB, Turkey and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve and for the invaluable personal and professional experiences the Air Force provided.
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency allowed me to expand my knowledge in aspects of dentistry to include root canals, crown/bridge, oral and periodontal surgery, sleep apnea, and implants. I was able to work alongside specialists in all aspects of dentistry on complex cases and develop an expanded skill set beyond routine general dentistry. I pride myself on being able to offer patients multiple treatment options and help them to decide the best dental care for their specific needs.
At Moorkamp & Arthur Family Dentistry we believe that preventative dentistry and education are key to health-centered dentistry. In health-centered dentistry we give you, our patient control describing an “owners manual” for your mouth. Our model of health-centered dentistry is different than more common models of disease control. In a health-centered model of dentistry we are dedicated to educating and helping our patients prevent the need for extensive dental work. In most dental offices problems are fixed after they happen and no thought about what can be done to prevent the need for dental treatment in the first place.
We are committed to working with our patients to achieve the level of health they want. The relationship our dental team has with patients is key in our health-centered model. We rely on the ability to coach patients and let the patients be active in achieving their dental health. Our goal is to give patients the ability to determine what level of oral health they would like to achieve. Working with our dental team patients are able to set their goals and select the level of health they would like to obtain.