Originating from Farmington, New Mexico, Dr. M Todd Christensen’s formative years unfolded in Mesa, Arizona, nurtured by the influence of two exceptional parents. Amidst a vibrant family of 10 siblings, he cherished his upbringing in the tranquil environs of north Mesa, a once quaint enclave bordered by citrus orchards, cotton expanses, and fertile fields. Graduating from Westwood High School in the late 1980s, he subsequently embarked on a spiritual mission that led him to the picturesque landscapes of Peru for two transformative years.
Upon his return to Arizona, Dr. Christensen orchestrated a heartwarming reunion with his sixth-grade infatuation, Cheryl, successfully persuading her to be his life partner. The culmination of their journey transpired in a Mesa wedding in 1990. Driven by his aspirations, he initiated his academic voyage at Scottsdale Community College before traversing to the University of Utah, where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Biology. His pursuit of knowledge then propelled him across the nation to the University of Connecticut on the East Coast, where he achieved his dental degree in 2000.
With the company of his three young children, the Christensen family embarked on a westward journey to Southern California’s Loma Linda University, where they devoted two years to an intensive residency in Dental Anesthesiology, concluding in 2002. Over the ensuing two decades, Dr. Christensen specialized in providing in-office anesthesia services to pediatric dentists and their youthful clientele throughout Arizona. Alongside this, his involvement in pediatric dentistry grew, culminating in his transition away from anesthesia care in July 2022.
Dr. Christensen’s anesthesia experience sparked a deep fascination with airway development in children, a burgeoning facet of dentistry he aims to delve into further. When not immersed in his professional pursuits, he gravitates towards outdoor escapades alongside his family and four grandchildren. Whether cycling, backpacking, camping, or embarking on mountain and beach expeditions, Dr. Christensen embraces adventure in every facet of his life.