I was 12 years old when I decided I wanted to be a dentist. I was blessed to have a mother who was a dental hygienist that quit her own practice of dentistry to be my mom but never lost her love of the profession. I had great friends and examples that encouraged my education and dreams. My college years allowed me to pursue my love and amazement of the human body, the relationships of loving people and the environment that surrounds us. I chose to specialize in pediatric dentistry because I get to be involved with children all day long and help them to grow and be healthy.
We invite and encourage parents to be involved in this process and try to teach families a better way of life. Sure, times can be very challenging, but I have resolved that a tender heart, kindness and compassion help to make friends and better patients, as opposed to being a mean or scary authoritarian that forces children to behave because of fear. We get to work with the greatest clientele in the world, and even when things get tough, they are willing to give you a fist bump or a hug when we finish our work.
I love the outdoors and participate in many outdoor sporting and recreational activities. I love to run and challenge my mind and body with endurance races. I have completed over 100 marathons or ultra-marathons, and this is my guilty pleasure after a hard day of work. I have a long affiliation with Boy Scouting and love to teach youth, for in them is where our future lies.
My greatest job in life is being a dad. I have four children and the most wonderful wife, who supports my craziness. I am a very blessed man, and I thank you for considering our practice as you look for a dental professional to take care of your precious children.
Pediatric dentistry is the best job in the whole world. With the specialty of pediatric dentistry, we are able to use new, state-of-the-art and “tried-and-true” techniques to provide a dental environment that children can thrive in. I love the emphasis that is placed on child growth and development. Each child is special with individual needs. This makes for a vibrant, stimulating and rewarding environment to practice the art and science of pediatric dental medicine.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1982, my Doctor of Dental Medicine from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in 1987 and my pediatric dental specialty training from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1989.
Outside of dentistry, most of my interests are located out-of-doors. Utah provides a wealth of incredible recreational activities. Winter brings skiing and snowboarding in the mountains of Utah and Canada. In the spring and fall, I love to explore Utah canyons, both on motorcycles and hiking to remote canyon areas. Summer finds me boating the Utah lakes with my children and grandchildren. I also love tending to my garden and vineyard.
I am grateful to our patients and team and want to publicly thank everyone who has made Provo Pediatric Dentistry such a great place for oral care for the parents and the children (yes, even the teenagers!). My talented partner, our very competent team of pediatric assistants and I wish you all the best and welcome you to our practice. You are the best!
I grew up in Brigham City, Utah, where, as a youth and avid scouter, I was inspired to become a dentist by my Scoutmaster. I set my sights on dentistry and began preparing for this career as early as high school and continued on to Utah State University studying biology, chemistry, and public health. I received my Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine, and pediatric specialty training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.
I love being a pediatric dentist! It is the perfect blend of art, science and fun! It allows me to work with the most kind, happy and entertaining population. I believe it is very important for all children to have access to quality dental care and to feel empowered with the knowledge and resources to have a healthy smile for life. A positive dental experience combines the very best care tailored to each child’s unique personality and needs with a relationship built on trust and communication.
My goal as a pediatric dentist is to provide a dental home and gentle care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special needs.
After spending many years away, my wife and I are excited to be back in Utah. We love this great state and are excited to get back to many of the outdoor activities we love, as well as watching our two wonderful kiddos discover new and exciting things.
Thank you for entrusting your child’s dental care to us!
Meet Our Team
We strive to give our patients a dental visit that leaves them feeling fully invigorated with their smiles. Our team has over 20 years of collective experience in serving children and helping them attain great oral health. If you are interested in learning more about our team and dental care in Provo, Utah, we welcome you to schedule an appointment here at Provo Pediatric Dentistry! Contact us today at 801-373-4200 and ask for a visit with our pediatric dentists, Dr. Trace M. Lund, Dr. Kevin R. Markham or Dr. Bryce J. Bott.