Changing Lives by Improving Smiles
I feel extremely privileged to be an orthodontist. The profession gives me the opportunity to help people, improving each person’s smile, their physical and emotional health, and growing their self-esteem.
Dentistry, and orthodontics in particular, always appealed to me. I was drawn to the science and art of the specialty, along with the personal connections it fosters. I have time to learn who my patients really are because treatment usually takes a couple of years, and I get to see my patients every 6-8 weeks. I appreciate each patient’s unique personality and enjoy seeing how that changes during their time in my care.
Whether I am treating a child with early intervention, providing a teen with a great smile for graduation and then seeing them off to college, or working with an adult who has long been unhappy with their smile, my focus is always on the individual’s needs.
Beyond aesthetics, I design treatment plans with an eye on the person’s overall general and dental health. I want them to have a correct bite and properly aligned teeth, and ultimately for their finished smile to be functional and stable.
Education and Professional Activities
- Brigham Young University
- Bachelor of Science, University of Colorado
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS), University of Colorado
- Master of Science (MS) and Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, University of Nebraska
One of the most exciting aspects of orthodontics is the continual changes in the way we practice. Each year, new technologies and methodologies are developed, many promising to revolutionize how we treat our patients.
It is my responsibility to stay current on these new options, carefully evaluating each before deciding whether to bring them into the practice. It’s been my experience that “The Latest” is not always “The Greatest,” and I select only conservative, proven options to offer patients.
I take a number of continuing education courses every year, attend conventions and lectures, and stay abreast of the latest orthodontic and dental journals. Additionally, I have been an active member of the Arizona Orthodontic Study Group since 2000, serving as Treasurer and President. I am a former member of the Smile Synergy Study Club, which focused on interdisciplinary care in conjunction with other dental specialists, too.
Currently, I am a member of the:
- American Board of Orthodontics
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Arizona Orthodontic Study Group
Beyond the Office
I grew up in Mesa and returned to the area once I finished my orthodontic residency. My wife and I have been married for 25 years and we have five beautiful daughters: they are all talented musicians, despite my total lack of musical ability!
Outside of work, my priority is time with family and loved ones, and church. I love all sports and enjoy the outdoors. I have completed several marathons and love to spend a free Saturday morning on the golf course.
A few years ago I took a pottery class with my daughter and it’s become a new hobby. I now love spending free time creating at my pottery wheel!
I stay active in our community, especially through church service opportunities. Additionally, Walker Orthodontics sponsors many local sports teams and supports the varied activities and interests of our patients.