Meet Dr. Vest

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Dr. Vest grew up in Oak Hill, West Virginia and will always be a proud Mountaineer! He received his Orthodontic Specialty training at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon after receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery from West Virginia University. In addition to working in the clinic full time, Dr. Vest also performed research in fulfillment of a Master of Science degree, which supplements his Orthodontic Specialty Certificate.

Although his formal education is complete, Dr. Vest is always working to stay current with evolving orthodontic methods and technologies. Dr. Vest has a passion for mentoring or coaching individuals and he approaches the orthodontist-patient relationship with this same passion. His many awards and recognitions include the WVU School of Dentistry award, the Dr. William S. Kramer Award in the OKU Dental Honor Society, the Basic Sciences Award in the OKU Dental Honor Society, the American Association of Orthodontists Award, the Annual American Association for Dental Research Award, the William Butler Scholar Research Award, the American Association of Oral Biologists Award, the Patrick J. Farace Dental Anatomy Award, the Horace Wells Anesthesiology Award, and the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Award.  He is a member of many dental organizations and societies, including the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and the New Mexico Dental Association.

Dr. Vest and his wife, Angela, were attracted to Northern New Mexico after enjoying the scenery, the weather, and the wonderful people in the area. The one thing that Dr. Vest and his family thought was missing in northern New Mexico was Hawaiian Shave Ice. So, Dr. Vest started a small food truck business and now owns and operates an authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice food truck during the summers, where many of Dr. Vest's current and former patients are employed for summer jobs. In addition to business adventure, Dr. Vest also enjoys mentoring, coaching, exercising, sports, traveling and spending time with his family. Dr. Vest is very proud of his four children, Kyra, Ian, Sadie & Jayla, and he treats every patient as if he or she were his own child.