Making you SMILE is our goal
Our team shares a common goal and that is to put a smile on your face each and every time you visit our office!
About Dr. Erik Curtis
Family and Community
Dr. Curtis grew up in Salt Lake City and is the oldest of five children. He enjoyed his youth playing sports, skiing the beautiful Utah mountains, bike riding as well as fishing with his brothers, father and grandfather. Shortly after graduating from high school he moved to Argentina to serve a voluntary church mission for 2 years. Upon returning home from Argentina, he met his future wife and fell head over heels in love. He married Sonny, and together, they attended the University of Utah and received their bachelor’s degrees. Upon graduating from the U of U, they were excited to learn that he was accepted to a ‘top ten dental school’ and shortly thereafter they moved to the heart of the mid-west; Iowa City, Iowa.
In 2001, after completing his 4-year dental program and 2-year orthodontic specialty residency, Dr. Curtis, along with his wife and four children, were thrilled to move to North Idaho. Dr. Curtis has three sons and one daughter. They are happiest when they are spending time together as a family. Winters are spent on our local ski slopes. Spring and fall are spent out on our rivers fly fishing and carrying on the traditions from his youth. Summers are spent enjoying the warm weather on our beautiful lakes and on our local golf courses.
Dr. Curtis is actively involved in his church. He provides leadership to the youth and helps facilitate youth programs. As an orthodontic practice, he supports a variety of local charities, events, our schools and athletic teams.
“I have one of the best jobs in the world! It is extremely rewarding to increase self-confidence and self-esteem by helping people love to smile. I feel blessed to have the unique opportunity to get to know each of my patients and watch their personalities and lives change as their smiles are transformed into something truly beautiful!”
Education and Continuing Education
Dr. Erik Curtis attended the University of Utah and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He was awarded a distinctive scholarship to attend the Top Ten nationally ranked University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery as valedictorian of his class. During dental school Dr. Curtis received numerous awards and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary dental society, an honor bestowed upon the top 5% of dental students.
Upon graduating from dental school Dr. Curtis then pursued his two-year orthodontic specialty training program at the University of Iowa where he received his Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science degree. During his dental education Dr. Curtis completed research that has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics. Dr. Curtis is a member of the American Dental Association as well as the American Orthodontic Association. Dr. Curtis received the distinction of ‘Board Certified Orthodontist’ from the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Curtis is a past president and current member of the Panhandle Dental Society. Dr. Curtis has been the director of the Seattle Study Club, director of the Pinnacle Dental Study Club and director of the North Idaho Pinnacle Dental Hygiene Study Club. Dr. Curtis has always strived to be the best at what he does, and he is committed to furthering his education to remain on the leading edge of the orthodontic profession.
What does all of this mean for you, our patients? It’s fairly simple, it means that the patients who receive orthodontic care from Dr. Curtis can feel assured that they are receiving orthodontic treatment from a board certified orthodontist that excelled in all areas of his specialty training. It also means that his patients can feel confident they are receiving technologically advanced, high quality and efficient orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Curtis has been in the exclusive practice of orthodontics since 1999 and is dedicated to providing quality care in a fun, happy and upbeat environment. Dr. Curtis is grateful to his dental peers that have voted him as Top Dentist for several years. He is also thrilled that his patients and community have voted him as “Best of North Idaho” since 2010. These are awards he feels honored to receive from patients, our community, professional colleagues and dentists alike.
Meet just a few of our Team Members
We love what we do, and we love who we do it with! A team is only as good as each team member… each of ours are amazing. We love working together to “wow” each of our patients at every appointment. Click on the photos below to learn more about a few of us.
Beth is one of our treatment coordinators. She has been in the dental field for almost as long as Dr. Curtis, now that’s a long time! Beth was born and raised in our glorious state of Idaho and currently resides in Post Falls, Idaho. Beth is our Ironman and Boston Marathon runner. We know you will love working with Beth. She is an incredibly happy wife and mother to two grown boys.
We are excited for you to meet our treatment coordinator, Jayme. Jayme is originally from the big state of Texas, but we are happy to claim her as an official transplant to North Idaho. Jayme has lived in the Northwest for years and years… in fact, it may be longer than she ever lived in Texas. So does that make her a Texan or an Idahoan? Jayme is happily married and the mom to a beautiful daughter.
Oh, how we love our Erin! She is definitely a ray of sunshine in our practice. Erin helps ensure our patient’s safety while they utilize our shuttle service. Everyone is a little happier after spending time with Erin. Erin is a native of beautiful North Idaho. She’s active in the soccer world here in North Idaho. If she’s not on the field cheering or coaching one of her kids, she can often be found at CHS helping with the girl’s soccer team. She is happily married and has a house full of happy kids.
Insurance & Financial Specialist
Wendy is a life saver for our patients. With years of experience, she is an expert at dealing with insurance companies and works endlessly to help our patients maximize their orthodontic insurance benefits. Wendy was raised in Montana and decided North Idaho was where she and her husband wanted to raise their kids. Wendy is the Mom of two kids and the wife of a real-life “deadliest catch” sea captain!