I have been providing orthodontic care in Central Arkansas since 2003. I grew up in Sherwood, AR, and moved back to Little Rock after finishing my orthodontic residency.
I truly strive to give every single patient the absolute best orthodontic result possible, as if they were my own family. I care about each patient as a person, first and foremost, and am committed to providing each one with a beautiful smile they will be proud of for a lifetime.
I enjoy being an orthodontist because my profession allows me to form close relationships with my patients. I also enjoy seeing the transformation that occurs not only in the appearance of the patient’s teeth and smile, but also the increase in self-esteem that is created during the process. My favorite part of providing orthodontic treatment is the big reveal when the braces come off.
There were two meaningful aspects of my childhood that inspired me to pursue orthodontics:
First, I was sick a lot as a small child until my doctors discovered I had severe allergies and asthma. My allergist, Dr. Caplinger, had a profound impact on my life. Not only did he help me feel better physically, but he treated me with respect even as a five year old. His big personality also made visits to his office fun. His care inspired my interest in a healthcare profession.
Second, as I grew up, I spent time restoring classic cars and doing home remodeling projects with my dad and found I enjoyed working with my hands.
Those two things, Dr. Caplinger’s care and a desire to work with my hands, led me to dentistry and ultimately orthodontics. I now strive to treat each of my patients the way Dr. Caplinger treated me.
I graduated from Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood, AR. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lyon College in Batesville, AR. I attended Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, where I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery and also completed my orthodontic specialty degree in 2003.
In order to stay current on the latest orthodontic research and trends, I regularly attend state and national orthodontic meetings. I also take part in numerous continuing education courses and am involved in a local dental study club with general dentists and other dental specialists in the Little Rock area.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
- Arkansas Association of Orthodontists
- Louisiana State University Orthodontic Alumni Foundation
- Progressive Dental Learning Society Study Club
Outside the Practice
My wife Leah and I have been married since 2014. She is also my office manager. We have two amazing Labrador Retrievers, Reagan and Briar. They are our "children" as well as my duck hunting buddies. Reagan runs AKC and UKC hunt tests and holds several titles from each. While Briar may not be quite as talented as his sister, he is just as special in his own sweet way.
I spend most of my free time outdoors - hunting, fishing, dog training, and hiking. Leah and I also love to travel. We always enjoy going to the beach, but our latest adventures have involved hiking and sightseeing in many of the National Parks. A few of our favorite parks are Glacier, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Leah and I are involved with our church and believe we are called to give back because of the blessings we have received in life. I have gone on five international mission trips to Rio de Janeiro, Romania, and three trips to the Amazon jungle.
We are also very involved with foster children and have each mentored several teens in the foster care system. We volunteer with local organizations that work with foster children, including The CALL and Project Zero.