My father, whom I have always looked up to, was a dentist. He was a caregiver and helped others through his work and I was drawn to do the same. That said, I excelled at math in high school and also got into computers. Once at college, I was directed to engineering and I graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree.
I enjoyed the math and science associated with engineering and worked in the field for six years, but found myself drawn to dentistry. I returned to school, completed my dental and orthodontics degrees.
Being an orthodontist is the perfect blend of science, engineering, healthcare, and art. It brings all these together and allows me to change people’s lives.
I love creating functional, healthy, and beautiful smiles for each of my patients. Every day I see my patients change, moving from feeling self-conscious about their appearance to gaining confidence. Watching someone’s personality light up, when treatment is finished and they see what we’ve accomplished, is thrilling to me.
It is an honor to give someone a smile that has a lasting, positive impact on their life.
— Dr. John Slattery
Education and Professional Activities
- Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, cum laude
- – Santa Clara University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery
- – University of the Pacific, San Francisco
- Master of Science –
- Temple University, Philadelphia
Dr. Slattery strives to stay on top of current orthodontic research, as well as advances in techniques, materials, and technologies. He is committed to providing each patient with a comfortable, efficient orthodontic experience and ensuring each achieves a stable condition that’s attractive, healthy, and functional.
Each year he attends the annual American Association of Orthodontists meeting. He also participates in the Invisalign® Bi-Annual Summit and is an active member of the prestigious Spear Study Club, as well as the American Dental Association and the Idaho State Dental Association, where he serves on the legislative committee.
In addition to his postgraduate orthodontic studies, Dr. Slattery has extensive interest in and experience with treating individuals with cleft palate. He serves on the Cleft Palate Team in Boise, with Dr. Russ Griffiths, and a member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Beyond the Practice
A Boise native, Dr. Slattery left his hometown for college, followed by his first job in San Francisco, and then his dental and orthodontic studies, before returning home.
Dr. Slattery and his wife, Stacy have three sons: Connor, Will, and Aidan. The family is rounded out by their Golden Retriever, Gus, and a 50-pound African Sulcata tortoise, Tommy. The family loves all the Boise area offers, from skiing to mountain biking to fly fishing and travel.
Dr. Slattery also enjoys his favorite pastime: collecting vintage VWs. He has three VW buses (’66, ’72, and a ’78 camper) as well as a ’59 Karmann Ghia.