Dr. Alkire loves both the challenge and pleasure he gets from meeting each patient for the first time. Often, people are so self-conscious about their smile that they hide their smile, or just don’t smile at all. He enjoys watching the progress of that person all the way through treatment to the point where they can’t help but smile at everyone around them. It’s truly amazing what orthodontics and straight teeth can do for a person’s self-confidence.
What Dr. Alkire likes most about his patients are their stories. He truly enjoys getting to know as much as he can about his patients and their families. It’s a unique relationship between orthodontist and patient; for roughly two years, Dr. Alkire is privileged to be a part of that person’s life. If the patient is a child, then the doctor gets to bear witness to some of their most formative and important years, and finds it a real pleasure to watch them grow into young adults.
Your routine orthodontic adjustments should be something you look forward to, and it’s our mission to make each experience from beginning to end as pleasurable as possible.
California native Dr. John Alkire has been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years, and orthodontics for nearly that long. He loves working with his hands and feels fortunate to have the ability to create wonderful smiles, which is rewarding for both him and his patients.
Excellence in Education
Dr. Alkire studied physiology at University of California at Davis with his wife Jennifer. He went on to train at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and obtained his certificate of orthodontics at Wilford Hall Medical Center.
Dr. Alkire started his dental career in the military as a general dentist supporting the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his service there, he was deployed to Uzbekistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His next duty station was Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where he completed his orthodontic residency.
Upon completion of his residency he was stationed at Camp Zama, Japan for three years where he was the head orthodontist for all active-duty members and their families. He was next stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, as an orthodontist with special emphasis on orthognathic surgical cases as well as acting as the orthodontic mentor to the advanced general dentistry residents.
Dr. Alkire stays up to date on advances in treatment methods and philosophies through continuing education courses. By combining state-of-the-art technology with nearly two decades of experience, he ensures his patients receive the best orthodontic care.
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- River District Dental Society (former president, vice president, and secretary)
- Texas Dental Association
- Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
There is nothing pretentious about Dr. Alkire or his team. The members of his team are all from South Texas and enjoy working in the community they grew up in.
Outside the Office
Dr. Alkire has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Jennifer, for twenty five years. Together, they have three children. Their oldest, Jeremy, attends Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, their middle son, Matthew, attends Northeastern University in Boston.and their daughter, Katie attends Brandeis Univeristy, just outside of Boston. They also have two golden retrievers, Cooper and Otis, who are the unofficial mascots of the office.
Outside of work, Dr. Alkire loves to spend time with his family, either by visiting his kids in the Northeast, or taking them to one of the Disney parks or on a Disney cruise. He also loves to ski and hike. When he’s not on a grand adventure, he loves spending time in the orchard in his backyard.
A Focus on Community
Dr. Alkire knows that a patient-orthodontist relationship is a long-term commitment, and makes himself available for emergency weekend appointments at no extra fee.
He also offers multiple treatment options and financing, so families of all backgrounds can receive the care that works best for them. He also offers a generous military discount and multifamily discount.
He values his community, and sponsors local sports teams and events.
When you become a part of Dr. Alkire’s office, you become part of his warm and welcoming world. His positivity and passion for orthodontics are among the many reasons that much of his staff has continued to work for him for years!