Meet Dr. Lauren Van Gemert
Dr. Lauren Van Gemert (Dr. Lauren as she prefers to be called) loves orthodontics! She strives for perfection in each smile that she creates and is dedicated to helping her patients love their smile. Dr. Lauren's favorite part about practicing orthodontics is getting to know each of her patients personally, as well as watching their transformation throughout the orthodontic process.
Dr. Lauren grew up in southeast Michigan and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. After college, she continued on to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (D.D.S.), finishing first in her class of 111 students.
After dental school, Dr. Lauren moved to Dallas, Texas to begin her orthodontic residency at the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, which is widely known as one of the top orthodontic programs in the country. During her 34 months there, she was involved in research, teaching, and earned both a Certificate in Orthodontics, as well as a Master of Science.
Dr. Lauren finally settled in Spokane, where she lives with her husband, Mark, their son, Brady, and their two yellow labrador retrievers, Aggie and Moose. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, biking, and playing with her two pups.
Further demonstrating her commitment to advancing her expertise in orthodontics, Dr. Lauren is also an active member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Spokane District Dental Society, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honor Society) and serves a member of the Spokane Craniofacial Review Board.
Meet Dr. Bret Johnson
Dr. Bret Johnson (Dr. Bret as he prefers to be called is a Spokane Valley native and attended Central Valley High School. Upon graduation, he earned his Bachelor of Science from Western Washington University and continued on to the University of Michigan where he earned both his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) and Master of Science in Orthodontics (MS).
Dr. Bret has been practicing orthodontics in the Spokane since 2009. He and his wife, Dr. Erin Johnson, have two daughters, Charlotte & Lyla Jo, a son, William, and one playful dog. A committed family man, Dr. Bret enjoys the beauty the Northwest has to offer and is passionate about the outdoors.
Dr. Bret is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Washington State Dental Association, Spokane District Dental Society and serves as a member of the Spokane Craniofacial Review Board. His philosophy is to provide exceptional orthodontic care and customer service to patients of all ages in a fun, professional environment.
Dr. Lauren and Dr. Bret are both certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. (the only orthodontic specialty board that is recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists).
Surprisingly, only about 1 in 3 orthodontists choose to become board certified. By becoming board certified, it demonstrates Dr. Lauren and Dr. Bret's commitment to providing their patients with the highest level of orthodontic care.