Meet Dr. Douglas Smith

I love what I do, which I know sounds silly, but it’s true. Orthodontics is very rewarding. It has allowed me to express my creativity in meeting each patient’s individual needs while making a real difference in their life. Of course, it is impossible to change someone else’s life and not have it change your own life as well. I consider myself a better person because of all the wonderful people I’ve met throughout the years.

When it comes to my profession, I pride myself on energy, work ethic, and knowledge of biomechanics. I really enjoy making teeth move, and over the years I have fine-tuned many processes to make your experience as effective and efficient as possible. I use the finest materials and proven methods to get quality results. I am a hands-on orthodontist, and enjoy overseeing your progress from beginning to end.

My Introduction to Orthodontics

I was introduced to the world of orthodontics through baseball! I considered myself the slick-fielding shortstop of the minor leagues. However, when I was nine, a baseball hit a rock and I became the slick-fielding shortstop without a front tooth. The dentist tried to re-implant the tooth, which lasted for only a year or two. The tooth was knocked out again while I was wrestling with my brother. I then had to wear a flipper until the space was orthodontically treated. Dr. Tesone was the orthodontist in Meadville then, and my experience obviously was awesome. I decided then that my baseball career was officially over and I wanted to be an orthodontist. I was 12 and set my sights on orthodontics. I have never wanted anything different.

My Education and Experience

After graduating from high school in 1981, I attended the University of Pittsburgh and obtained a biology degree in 1985. I entered the dental school and graduated with my Doctorate of Medical Dentistry in 1989. Then I did a one-year residency at the Oakland VA hospital in Pittsburgh. I continued my education back at the University of Pittsburgh, and complete my master’s degree in orthodontics in 1993. I returned to the home I loved and set up my practice on July 15, 1993.

In 2010 came a great opportunity to combine two of my professional loves. I was asked by Dr. Don and Dr. Dan Rinchuse, the chairman and clinic director of Seton Hill University Department of Orthodontics, to teach biomechanics (moving teeth) and be on the clinical staff. I travel to Greensburg every other Wednesday to teach orthodontics.

I really enjoy my faculty position in teaching America’s future orthodontists not only mechanically how to be an orthodontist but, also the passion of being the best orthodontist. In return the youth of being around residents gives me the passion to constantly improve and not experience burnout. I always say if I’m doing everything the same way five years from now then it’s time to retire. Always strive to be better.

Furthermore, in 2010 I was fortunate enough to be one of the ten orthodontists chosen to become a consultant at 3M Unitek, the largest orthodontic supplier in the United States. That means I get to use my past experience in tool and die, biomechanics, and orthodontics while serving on their advisory board, a very exciting honor. It also enables our office to be one of the most current and up-to-date facilities in the area, complete with cone-beam radiology, intraoral scanning, and 3D model printing.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontics
  • Pennsylvania Association of Orthodontics (past president)
  • 9th district Children’s Dental Health chair
  • Crawford County Dental Association (past president)

Outside the Office

I was born at Meadville Medical Center, and have lived in Saegertown all my life. It was during dental school that I met my wife Deb, here in Meadville. We married in 1987 between my second and third year of dental school. Also, just before graduation, our son Zack was born in 1989. In 1994, our second son, Derek, was born and we moved into our current house in 1996. We have an old painted-lady Victorian house that we have been working on since, as well as a dog named Corky.

Deb works at the office and has since opening day. Zack graduated from Penn State Behrend and is in Tacoma, Washington working in psychology. Derek is graduating in 2016 with a dual political science/ journalism degree. He wants to produce video news shorts.

When it comes to my free time, I like spending summer on the patio: listening to music or in the garage woodshop. Winter is for snowboarding and Peek n’ Peak ski resort. And during football season, you can always find me cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

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