Two of my passions, in addition to my family, were dentistry and
cycling. I practiced general dentistry for 10 years until I hurt myself
in 1995 when I injured my left index finger. Shortly after that injury, I
was rear ended by a van while riding my bicycle. I had hand and back
surgery but ended up selling my practice since my hand injury prevented
me from providing all of the procedures required of a dentist, and yes,
I'm left handed.
Not knowing what to do, I rode my bike, and participated in two
California AIDS rides from San Francisco to Los Angeles, in 1997 and
1998. After the second ride, I decided to attend the USC Marshall School
of Business, where I earned my MBA degree in 2001. As a result of a
four page paper I wrote, I created a website service for dentists at www.DDS.com.
Another year of change occurred in 2007. Drew, my daughter who was 12
at the time, and I were hit by a driver who ran a red light. Drew was
treated and released but I started to develop back pain shortly after
the accident. Then, a few months later, my mom had severe pain in her
lower left jaw. Two root canals did not do anything to stop her pain,
and she was referred to a dentist who was Board certified in orofacial
pain who properly diagnosed her with trigeminal neuralgia, which is one
of the most severe pains known to mankind. Through my mom's experience, I
learned more about orofacial pain.
In 2009 my mom ended up needing neurosurgery to quiet her pain, and I
ended up needing a double spinal fusion to quiet my pain. The urge to
learn more about chronic pain was too strong and I applied for, and was
accepted into UCLA's Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine program in
July 2010. It was an
unbelievable experience, and I now have a private practice limited to OFP in Beverly Hills, California. Please visit Beverly Hills TMJ Headaches Migraines Sleep Apnea to learn more about me.