Orthodontics is such a rewarding profession. I get to see people transformed, not only in appearance, but also in personality and self-esteem as they go through the process of orthodontic treatment. I am so excited to go into the office each day and visit with patients. I get to change lives for the better, and there’s nothing better than that!
Our patients are the best! They are fun, good people, and we have a great time together. I feel privileged to have been serving the wonderful people in Lewiston and the surrounding communities with quality orthodontic care for the past 14 years.
My Care Philosophy
I am what is called a functional, bio-progressive orthodontist. I love to be able to take children with skeletal deficiencies and help grow their jaws and correct them at the optimal time. I realize that most people are mainly concerned with straight teeth. As I look at it, the end result will fulfill that goal of straight teeth, but I get to help change the foundation of the bite. My results will be evident 40 years from now when my patients still have all their teeth and aren’t paying for extensive dental work because the bite was corrected as a child. For my adult patients, I am all about correct function. With the new techniques in orthodontics today, we are able to do so much more to correct a bad bite without surgery than in the past.
Education and Experience
I attended Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating 3rd in my class with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1993. I completed my Advanced Education in General Dentistry through the US Army Dental Corp in Fort Carson, Colorado. There, I received specialized training in oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, and orthodontics.
For two-and-a-half years, I served as a general dentist at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. During this time, I also served as the XO (Executive Officer) of the 464th Medical Company during Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia Conflict).
In 1997, I was accepted to an orthodontic residency at the University of Louisville, Kentucky where I not only received my Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics, but also received my Master’s Degree in Oral Biology with my thesis, Treating Class III Malocclusions in Children with Expansion and Facemask Protraction. I graduated 2nd in my class in 1999.
Upon graduation from my orthodontic residency, I continued my service in the US Army and served as Chief of Orthodontics at the Ft. Bragg Bravo Program. I taught orthodontics for two years while also maintaining a practice in orthodontics where surgical correction was the focus to support the oral surgery program at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
From 2001-Present, I have practiced in Lewiston, Grangeville, Orofino and Moscow. In the last ten years, my orthodontic practice has incorporated Sleep Medicine as a driving force in treating patients with a more comprehensive helath focused treatment rather than traditional orthodontics.
In 2019, I received Diplomate status with the ASBA (American Sleep and Breathing Academy). I am one of five orthodontists in the country with this status from the ASBA.
Continuing Education and Professional Affiliations
I attend close to 30 hours of continuing education every year, as do my team. We feel that we should be up to date on the latest technology and techniques in orthodontics. We also use the best braces in the industry. There are definitely cheaper brackets out there, but I have always been more concerned with the quality of what we do more than using equipment and supplies that are inferior. We feel that our patients deserve to not only be treated the best by our team, they also deserve to have the best in their mouth as they go through their orthodontic experience.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Idaho Orthodontic Association
- American Dental Association
- Lewis/Clark Dental Society, President and Continuing Education Coordinator, 2003-2004
- Intermountain Odontology Study Club
- American Breathing and Sleep Academy
Family and Community
I have been married to my wife, Eddieka, since 1989. We have six children, two of whom have passed away, our baby daughter, Jenna, in 1993 and our son, Hunter, who died in a four-wheeler accident in 2012. He was 13 years old. Losing these precious children has been a tremendous heartbreak for us. We do believe that our family is eternal and that we will one day be reunited with them again. We have 3 daughters that are married to wonderful men. Currently, two of our daughters, IlaMarie Palmer and Julianne Hammon are living in Lewiston with their spouses, Chase Palmer and Braeden Hammon. Our other daughter, Andriana McRae and her husband, Alex, are attending BYU-I in Rexburg, ID. Our other son, Trevor keeps us young. He is 14 years old and such a blessing to us! We also have two grandchildren; Ridge who was born to IlaMarie and Chase in 2015 and Everly who was born to Julianne and Braedon in 2016. We are so excited to be grandparents! We feel extremely blessed to have the family that we do and the opportunity to live in this beautiful valley.
Church is a big part of our lives. Eddieka and I serve as leaders in our church organization. We support many community organizations, including 4-H, Boys and Girls Club, AAU team sponsorships, VYSA and Valley Thunder Soccer teams, DECA, and FFA. I think it is important to give back and support the kids and the activities that help to develop productive people for the future.