I have been practicing dentistry since 2003. I received my dental education from the Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry. I had the privilege of taking over Dr. David Summers dental practice in 2004. Dr. Summers practiced in Grand Junction since 1967 prior to his retirement. I work diligently to stay current on all of the latest advancements in dentistry. I am a member of multiple dental study clubs with other dentists. I enjoy dentistry and I enjoy surprising patients with how pleasant going to the dentist can actually be.
Hobbies and Interests
Besides dentistry, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have five children from ages 8 to 18. We enjoy going on trips together. Recent excursions have included Mount Rushmore (my son's interest), Teton National Park (my interest), and most recently Washington D.C. (my wife's interest). I also enjoy backpacking and have recently hikes to Maroon Bells, Chicago Basin, Mount Whetterhorn, and a 50 miler up on the Flat Top Mountains. It's great to live on the Western Slope of Colorado with all the spectacular scenery! I've also served on the local Boy Scouts of America Executive Board since 2010.
I also like to run, and run, and run. After years of jogging around my small neighborhood block, I decided to get more serious about running. I completed my first 26-mile marathon race in 2010 and have run 25 additional marathons since. This year I will complete 13 years and over 12,000 miles of running! Here is a quick picture of me just finishing my very first Marathon in St. George Utah. Don't let the smile fool you, I was just barely making it across the finish line!
I also enjoy disappearing in to the mountains to do some backpacking. In the picture below, I am with all of my seven siblings who came together from all parts of the country to go on a three day backpacking adventure in Zion National Park. I try and get a good 3 to 5 day back country backpacking trip in each year. Recently I completed a 50-mile backpacking trip with the Boy Scouts up on the 'Flat top Mountains' near Meeker Colorado. This summer we are planning 3 day trip at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Living in Colorado is wonderful.
Recently, I traveled with a dental team, and my dental-assistant-daughter Elise, to provide dental care to undeserved people in Solala, Guatemala.