Meet Dr. Baxter

Dr. J. Andrew Baxter has more than 20 years of experience in orthodontics. He is committed to providing the highest level of excellent orthodontic care for his patients.

Dr. Baxter enjoys building strong relationships with his patients. He has the opportunity to not only create positive changes in his patients’ smiles and oral health, but also create positive changes in their attitudes and self-confidence. He inspires patients and others interested in dentistry to become a dentist or orthodontist.

Education

Dr. Baxter was born in Little Rock and grew up in Monticello, Arkansas, where he attended high school. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1993. Next, he attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and graduated with honors in 1997. From 1997 to 2010, he was the owner of a general dentistry practice in Rogers, Arkansas.

Early in his career, Dr. Baxter began taking continuing education courses to treat less complex orthodontic cases. After developing a passion for orthodontics, he decided to pursue formal orthodontic training and limit his practice to the specialty of orthodontics. In 2010, he was accepted into the orthodontic program at Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2012, he obtained his Certificate in Orthodontics and became an orthodontist.

Board Certification

In 2014, Dr. Baxter became a board-certified orthodontist, or Diplomate of the ABO. Board certification is voluntary in orthodontics, and a distinction shared by only 25% of orthodontists. The certification process tests orthodontic knowledge and skills through three phases of written, oral, and clinical exams administered by expert orthodontists of the American Board of Orthodontics. Board certification represents the highest level of commitment to orthodontics.

Professional Affiliations

  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
  • Kansas Society of Orthodontists
  • Greater Kansas City Orthodontic Society
  • Orthodontic Study Club of the Midwest
  • American Dental Association
  • Kansas Dental Association

Community Involvement

Dr. Baxter donates his orthodontic services to Smiles Change Lives and Donated Orthodontic Services. He sponsors Gardner Parks and Recreation teams in baseball, softball, and soccer. He also sponsors the Gardner-Edgerton High School football team.

Outside the Office

Dr. Baxter, his wife Rebecca, and their children Blaire, Clayton, and Georgia, live in Weatherby Lake, MO. They enjoy spending time on the lake.

In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Baxter enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, snow skiing, traveling, and golf. He is a passionate Arkansas Razorbacks fan and enjoys following them in football, basketball, and baseball.