Your Family’s Hometown Orthodontist
A smile is part of who a person is,” Dr. John says. “And as an orthodontist, I have the opportunity to help children and adults feel great expressing themselves through their smiles.
Dr. John McDonald
About the McDonalds
Dr. John McDonald and his wife, Meredith, have been married for over two decades. They met during graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. Meredith has a master’s degree in social work and is employed with the Oregon Department of Education, Early Learning Division. They have two children, Claire and Isaac, who make them exceedingly proud. Both children were in the Spanish immersion program in West Salem, and both Dr. John and his wife, Meredith, are strong supporters and advocates for public schools. (Dr. John’s brother, Michael, is a high school principal in Bend.) Dr. John and his family enjoy the outdoors, theater, and travelling together. Dr. John also regularly plays hockey at the Sherwood Ice Arena in several of their adult leagues.
Preparing for Success, Growing Up in Salem
Dr. John is the oldest of four children. He and his siblings graduated from South Salem High School. As a teenager, he picked strawberries and worked at The Truitt Brothers cannery on the bean line and then in the warehouse. During the school year, he worked at his father’s orthodontic office, where he trimmed plaster models, did odd jobs, and decided that he would be an orthodontist someday. Dr. John excelled on the swim team and achieved Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. After high school, he earned his undergraduate degree at Colorado College and took one semester at Oregon State University. He then went on to earn his dental degree from Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).
After graduating dental school, Dr. John knew he wanted to be an orthodontist but wasn’t quite ready for more schooling. He decided to join the Army in order to hone his dental skills and for a little bit of adventure, like they promised on TV. (Mainly he wanted a paycheck and a chance to live in Europe.) His first duty station was Ft. Campbell, KY, where he underwent extensive advanced training in the general dentistry residency program (AEGD). The Army wasn’t quite ready to send him to Europe. They decided to send him to Korea for a year first.
After Korea Dr. John finally made it to Germany, where he commanded a dental clinic in Heilbronn (south of Frankfort). He also served as Scoutmaster of the local Boy Scout Troop and was a member of the US Army Triathlon Team that competed in the World Military Triathlon Championship.
After the Army, Dr. John returned to Oregon and practiced general dentistry in Salem and Portland before being accepted to the orthodontic program at the University of Pennsylvania. It was there he met his wife, Meredith, and together they returned to Salem for Dr. John to join his father at McDonald Orthodontics. He and his father, Dr. Terry McDonald, practiced side by side until 2009, when Dr. Terry retired.
Joining my father in practice was a proud moment for both of us. For me, I was able to tap into his vast experience and accelerate learning and understanding of the complexities of orthodontic treatment. The mentorship I received from him continues to this day, as he still teaches the orthodontic program at OHSU and we talk (shop) on a regular basis.
Dr. John McDonald
Success in Smiles
In 2017, McDonald Orthodontics celebrated 50 years of serving up smiles in Salem. As the owner of the practice, Dr. John lives out his father’s legacy. Besides treating patients, he lectures nationally on orthodontic treatments and is a clinical adviser for 3M’s Orthodontic Division.
Dr. John is also board certified with the American Board of Orthodontics. This achievement has been completed by only a few in the Willamette Valley. To become board certified, hundreds of hours of study, hands-on patient cases, and critical peer review are required.
- Board Certification, The American Association of Orthodontics
- Member + Past President, Marion Polk Dental Society
- Member, American Dental Association