Meet Dr. Specht
Changing Lives by Transforming Smiles
I am so grateful to be an orthodontist. The work we do is honestly fun. The kids and adults we work with are highly motivated, energetic, and a joy to be around. Every day, I see miracles happen, in the transformations patients go through, and that makes every moment worth it.
I love watching lives change and personalities blossom, witnessing people’s confidence increase as they see the change in their appearance. It’s a privilege to be part of this process and be trusted with a person’s future smile.
Over the years I have met so many remarkable people. I treasure my relationships with each person I have had the privilege to treat. Children and teens constantly surprise me with their latest adventures and a new joke. Caring for adults is just as amazing: working with someone who’s longed for a confident smile and is now getting it, and sharing in their joy, is remarkable.
Education and Continuing Education
I’ve practiced in the oral healthcare field for 30 years. My first eight years were as a general dentist. Then I returned to school for orthodontics and have been creating smiles for 22 years. I was drawn to the field out of a desire to help people, work with my hands, and be self-employed. I wanted to be able to improve lives through individual care and I wanted time to connect with and get to know my patients.
Prior to practicing orthodontics, I completed my:
- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Pacific Union College
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
- Master of Science in Orthodontics, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Continuing education has always been a big part of my practice. I study advances in dentistry and orthodontics, including the latest technology, techniques, and materials. I also study business management, learning new ways I can serve and exceed my patients’ expectations. I believe ongoing continuing education, for myself and my team, makes us better equipped to serve.
I am an active member of the:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Central Coast Dental Society
These organizations offer numerous opportunities for me to stay current on the latest research, trends, and developments in orthodontics and oral healthcare.
In the Community
I think being involved in and support the community is a way to give back to others. My practice regularly participates in dental school screens and career days. We also offer free Sports Guards to athletes to help protect their teeth.
I grew up in a little town called Angwin, about eight miles above St. Helena in the Napa Valley. I currently live in Arroyo Grande; the sand dunes of Pismo Beach are just across the street from my home.
I’m single and have two great kids, Kristin and Michael. Kristin married in 2013 and now I have another wonderful son, Adam, as part of my family. Being with these three is my favorite way to spend time. I also have a variety of hobbies, including hiking, biking, photography, kayaking, and riding motorcycles.
Personally, I’m passionate about my spiritual connection with God and my children. Oh, and did I mention motorcycles? I love riding and take three or four trips a year.