John Alkire, DDS
Dr. Alkire started his dental career in the military after being awarded a full military scholarship to attend a prestigious, private dental school in San Francisco, CA. He was a military officer for over nine years, leaving with an Honorable Discharge in the rank of Major. His first duty station was Fort Bragg, NC where he was a General Dentist in support of the 82nd Airborne. Dr. Alkire was the only dentist at the time to step up and volunteer to be deployed out of Fort Bragg to Uzbekistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom following the attacks of 9/11. Next, he was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, TX for two years during his Orthodontic Residency. Upon successful completion of his residency and passing his written Board Exams, Dr. Alkire was stationed for three years at Camp Zama, Japan. Here he was the Head Orthodontist for all Active Duty and their dependents for both Camp Zama as well as Atsugi Naval Air Base. Dr. Alkire was next stationed at Fort Lewis, WA as an orthodontist with special emphasis on orthognathic surgical cases as well as acting as the Orthodontic Mentor to the Advanced General Dentistry Residents.
Through these experiences, Dr. Alkire learned the true meaning of dedication, integrity and striving for excellence. The practice of orthodontics allows him to continue to strive for that excellence. Orthodontics is by far the most rewarding aspect of dentistry that Dr. Alkire feels he can perform. The satisfaction he gets from improving a child's or an adult's smile and in turn increasing their self-confidence through what he does is immeasurable. Making someone smile is a temporary pleasure, but giving someone a smile for a lifetime is a gift that Dr. Alkire is truly honored to be able to give.
Education and Continuing Education
Prior to becoming an orthodontist, Dr. Alkire received a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of California, Davis where he was on the High Honor Role. He then attended the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA where he received highest honors and was accepted into the exclusive Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Alkire then attended the Orthodontic Residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.
Although Dr. Alkire's orthodontic education is complete, he firmly believes in keeping his education current with the latest and greatest ideas and technology available. That being said, only proven techniques are good enough for his patients, and he continuously strives to learn about and implement those into his practice. Dr. Alkire is a member of the Nautilus Educational Group, New Braunfels Chapter and is the acting Orthodontic Chair.
In the Office
Dr. Alkire loves both the challenge and pleasure he gets from meeting each patient for the first time. Often they 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 same patient all the way through the end of their treatment to the point that they can't help but smile at all of those around. 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, and for nearly two years he is privileged to be a part of that person's life. If the patient is a child, then Dr. Alkire 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.
Family and Community
Dr. Alkire was born and raised in the city of Santa Rosa, California which is located near Napa Valley and the heart of the wine country. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer for 23 years, and they are blessed to have three amazing children. Jeremy, who is 20, is attending Dartmouth College, Matthew is 18 and attends Northeastern University, and Katie is 16. Outside of work he enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, bike riding with his family, reading, and golf.