Dr. Garland McKelvain
I have practiced orthodontics in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for more than 34 years, and would not trade my profession for any other. It is so very rewarding to see patients’ enthusiasm when they see their smiles being transformed. The expression on patients’ faces the day they get their braces removed is so very rewarding for me. The maturity the younger patients gain while under our care is really exciting to experience, and the enjoyment of seeing a young adult come back to see us after having been out of treatment for years just to tell us about their accomplishments is fulfilling. So often these same patients return years later and compliment us by bringing their childen in for orthodontic care.
I know in my heart that our team changes lives for the better on a daily basis. There are many things that you forget in life. I always tell the patients they will never forget the day they get their braces removed. I certainly have not.
Education and Continuing Education
After attending Texas Tech University and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch, I earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1977. After two years of private practice in general dentistry, I attended Baylor College of Dentistry, where I obtained my Certificate in Orthodontics in 1981 before earning my Master’s of Science in Dentistry degree. I am a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists.
Continuous education allows me to stay on the cutting-edge in my field, which means my patients will receive the best orthodontic care possible. I have seen so many changes in orthodontic treatment throughout my career, and things just keep getting better!
Outside the Office
Born in west Texas, I have one grown daughter, Liz and two grand-children Emma and Jet. I spend most of my free time working in my garage. Welding is a favorite pastime; I have constructed playground equipment, wrought iron gates and furniture, and props for the schools including a chariot. I am an instrument rated pilot and also a co-inventor and fabricator of a patented invention called the Hamstring TrainR, a machine designed to prevent and treat hamstring injuries. A home version of the invention will soon be under production. I also enjoy snow skiing, scuba diving, and motorcycle riding.