How we could have missed Flagstaff as college students, I don’t know! Maybe, it was a lack of funds or busy schedules. What a well-kept secret. Dr. Kirk and I met in high school and came to know Arizona as students at Arizona State University. We loved Tempe and made great friends while Kirk played football at ASU. Although we had a great disappointment when the Sun Devils lost to Ohio State, we realized what a great experience it was for Dr. Kirk to be so close to winning the National Championship along with his fellow teammates.

We received our dental degrees at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and returned to Southern California to attend the pediatric dental residency program at the University of California, Los Angeles. After enjoying the Northwest, with the pedestrian-friendly walks, urban trails and cooler climate, we soon found Flagstaff. It was our match. We love the outdoors, being so close to lakes, rivers and a community with sustainability in mind.

We love the small town feeling of Flagstaff and are so grateful to raise our two children in such a wonderful community. Because of this, we feel it is important to be a part of and give back to our community. We are actively involved with the Coconino Health Department through Give Kids a Smile and the Flagstaff Medical Center Breastfeeding Center.

Professional Highlights

  • Diplomats of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (Board Certified)
  • Arizona State University, Academic Honors
  • Oregon Health Sciences University, Clinical and Academic Honors
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Arizona Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Arizona Dental Association
  • Northern Arizona Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Council on Arizona Dental Association Services (KR)
  • Council on the Committee on the New Dentist (JR)
  • Chairman of the Council on Membership for the Arizona State Dental Association (JR)
  • President of the Northern Arizona Dental Society (KR)
  • Head Start
    • Dental Health Advisory Board (KR, JR)
    • Co-Director of the AAPD Head Start Dental Home Initiative for the state of Arizona (KR)


  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
    • Past President
  • Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Members
  • St. Vincent De Paul
    • Adopt a Family
    • Food Drives
  • Flagstaff Football Referee (KR)
  • Youth Coach
    • AYSO Flagstaff (JR)
  • Flagstaff little League
    • 4H


  • Give Kids a Smile
  • NAU Kiddie Clinic
  • Project Connect
  • Oral Health Education programs for preschoolers