ON BEING AN ORTHODONTIST
I am in the business of growing people: my patients, my team and myself. I just happen to straighten crooked teeth and make beautiful smiles along the way! Working with my patients and my team every day inspires me to improve myself, to be happier and healthier with each new day and to age gracefully. I hope to inspire the same in others.
I love working with patients of all ages and backgrounds. Each patient brings a unique set of personality traits and I enjoy learning who they are as individuals. The conversations we have and the laughter we share make my days a joy.
EDUCATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
An orthodontist is never done with learning. Continuing education keeps me immersed in the ever-changing field of orthodontics. This ensures my patients are receiving the best care that clinical experience, current trends and research, and modern technology have to offer. Throughout the year I participate in lectures, workshops, clinical exercises and giving presentations and lectures to my colleagues.
I grew up in Brigham City, Utah, at the feet of the majestic Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountain’s western slope. I spent my summers working in the fields of my father’s wheat farm in Northern Utah and Southern Idaho and spent my winters skiing the “champagne powder” of many local ski resorts. For the past 12 years I’ve lived on the outskirts of Auburn, on a small mandarin farm. You can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy!
Dr. Luminita Markham is my wife, my family and my hero. She is also a dentist, so we share the same interests and passions. We enjoy spending time together at home, at work, in continuing education, recreating and traveling the world.
When I’m not working or studying, I tend to spend my time outdoors, being active. I enjoy working in the yard, swimming and working out at the gym. My wife and I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, along with rock and mountain climbing. We’ve summitted Mount Whitney, Mount Shasta, Mount Rainer, Mount Kilimanjaro and we recently completed a high-altitude trek in the Himalayas, in the Annapurna region. My future goals include summiting Mount McKinley and visiting Angkor Wat.