Dr. Laura loves her job! After one visit, you’ll see how much she cares for her orthodontic patients! After 22 years in practice, she feels very fortunate to be able to do what she loves most: create beautiful smiles! She dreamed of being an orthodontist after going through her own orthodontic treatment at age 13, and made it happen!
Dr. Laura is an Idaho native. She graduated from Payette High School in 1987. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and moved to Omaha, Nebraska to complete her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Creighton University School of Dentistry. Dr. Laura earned her Master of Science, as well as her specialty certificate in orthodontics, from West Virginia University in Morgantown. She enjoys returning to WVU to attend continuing education meetings and catch a Mountaineer football game. Her son Seth, is in his sophomore year at WVU so now Dr. Laura has double the reasons to fly out to Morgantown for a football game. Go Mountaineers!
Upon completion of her orthodontic training in 1998, she immediately returned to her beautiful home state and opened her own practice. Prior to building her Boise orthodontic practice in its current location, her original office was located on Five Mile and opened in the fall of 1998. In the fall of 1999, she made the decision to open her Mountain Home orthodontic office. She enjoys her time spent in both orthodontic offices and doesn't mind the drive at all. In fact, she recenty opened a third location in her hometown of Payette and is eager to bring her smile straightening skills to her community.
Dr. Laura is involved in several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, Southwest Idaho District Dental Society, American Association of Orthodontists, and Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. She also is intent on keeping up with all the rapid changes in orthodontics, and regularly travels to continuing education meetings to learn all about the latest and greatest advances in orthodontic treatment. She knows orthodontists all over the world and regularly collaborates with them to ensure that her patients receive the best possible care!
Dr. Laura recently became the first orthodontist in Idaho to reach “Elite” status for Invisalign® and a qualified provider for Invisalign Teen®. This accomplishment places her in an elite group to which only 5% of all orthodontists in North America belong.
Dr. Laura is a parent advocate of children with autism, partly because her youngest child is afflicted with this disorder. She enjoys treating children with special needs and has a lot of patience with all children!
Dr. Laura provides sponsorship to local organizations such as Ride for Joy (www.rideforjoy.org) which is a nonprofit therapeutic riding program that brings joy and therapeutic benefits of horses to Treasure Valley children with special needs. She is always eager to sponsor local school projects and sports teams!
Dr. Laura's hobbies include skiing, running, camping, fishing, golfing and spending time with her family. When she’s not busy in the orthodontic office, she can be found Facetiming her son Seth (she's secretly hoping he follows in her footsteps) or baking with her daughter, Payton. She loves being a mom and strives to maintain a healthy balance between work, play, and family. Dr. Laura also has four grandchildren that call her "Lolo". She loves to sneak them m&m's when their moms aren't looking.
Her husband David also works at the office and helps with much of the practice management duties to ensure Dr. Laura can dedicate more time to patient care when she’s in the office, and more time to family fun when away from the office.
Dr. Laura enjoys working equally with children and adults, and derives satisfaction from building greater self-esteem one smile at a time! Whether you choose traditional braces or Invisalign for yourself or your child, we are confident you will be pleased with your new Dr. Laura Smile!