We want you to be a part of our big, happy orthodontic family, and what better way to welcome you in than to tell you a little more about our amazing doctor? Here’s everything you wanted to know…and then a little more…about Dr. Peterson, your orthodontist in Queen Creek, AZ and San Tan Valley, AZ!
While growing up, Dr. Peterson was a true renaissance man. He participated in high school choir, baseball, theater, and tennis. His family sang and acted in community theater events, and he even played the lead roles of the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance. His freshman year of college, he took a ballroom dance class and was hooked from the start! He went on to perform and compete all over the world with the Brigham Young University Ballroom Tour Team, and won a national championship in Cabaret. While in college, he also won a highly coveted intermural champion t-shirt for Ultimate Frisbee.
A favorite childhood tradition that continues today is the annual Peterson trip to Lake Powell. There’s nothing better than spending a week out on the boat eating great food, getting a nice tan, and sleeping under the stars! This year Dr. Peterson will be busy trying to perfect his wakeboarding backflip and convincing his 5-year-old to try waterskiing. He is an impressive water skier himself, and still competes with his three brothers to see who can get the highest spray behind the boat.
Speaking of competitive, your orthodontist in Queen Creek, AZ and San Tan Valley, AZ is one of the most competitive people you will ever meet (although he claims he’s tamed it down from his childhood). Who wouldn’t be when they have three brothers to impress?! His family plays a lot of games, and he is known as the one to beat. Some of his family members have even been known to record “that time I beat Scott” in a journal and keep the winning scorecard. He’ll play any game, anytime.
Star Wars deserves its own paragraph when introducing Dr. Peterson. He has been obsessed from the beginning, and even helped to write and co-star in a spin-off YouTube video with some friends that has thousands of views! He has too many pairs of Star Wars themed socks to admit, teaches his kids their ABCs using a Star Wars ABCs book, and has been known to go to a midnight showing or two. Don’t be surprised if he starts talking like Yoda during your consultation—“Crooked teeth you have. Braces you will need!”
Pop quiz—what language does Dr. Peterson speak? Korean! While serving a mission for his church, he lived in South Korea for two years. It was during this time that he met a friend who wanted to be an orthodontist. The friend described a career of working with young people and adults alike and helping them to feel good about themselves by giving them healthy and beautiful smiles. This friend’s words stuck with Dr. Peterson and fueled his career ambitions when he returned to the United States.
Once home, the many years of school to fulfill his dreams commenced. Dr. Peterson studied biology at Brigham Young University and also completed minors in ballroom, and Korean. He then attended Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, where he fell in love with palm trees, the beach, and his wife Kathryn. They spent a record number of hours on Skype as they dated long distance during her graduate work, and were married during dental school. A few years later, they moved a half hour away to Loma Linda, where he earned a master’s degree and specialized in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. During this time, he had braces himself! He finished treatment just before finally graduating as an orthodontist.
Family is very important to Dr. Peterson, and spending time with his wife and two kids is one of his favorite things to do. He and his wife enjoy competing in triathlons together, trying new restaurants, and going to movies. Their family enjoys spending any time outdoors, especially swimming, camping, and hiking. They are excited to be expecting another baby in a few months!
When he’s not at the office giving his patients beautiful smiles or with his family, your orthodontist in Queen Creek, AZ and San Tan Valley, AZ loves competing in any race where you get muddy, crawl under barbed wire, and use chimpanzee skills to cross monkey bars. He has completed several sprint and Olympic triathlons, a Half Ironman, a Spartan Race, and a Tough Mudder!
A lover of learning and believer in using the latest advancements in orthodontics, Dr. Peterson also spends much of his time studying academic journals and taking continuing education courses. He is an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists, and he regularly attends conferences to stay up-to-date on the most recent orthodontic trends.
Dr. Peterson has always dreamed of starting his own orthodontic practice so he could take care of patients just the way they deserve. He has designed every aspect of Peterson Family Orthodontics—from the comfortable private consultation rooms to the frozen yogurt machine—to create a patient experience that will make you feel like family and leave you thrilled with your results. He truly believes your new smile will give you the confidence and determination you need to fulfill your dreams. That’s why you’ll see and hear our motto “Dream Big. Smile On.” in everything we do and say.
Thanks for taking a few minutes to get to know Dr. Peterson. He and our team can’t wait to take care of you as your orthodontist in Queen Creek, AZ and San Tan Valley, AZ!