Meet Andrew Leavitt, DDS, MS
“I’m Dr. Andrew Leavitt and I sincerely look forward to meeting you. I love creating beautiful smiles for children, teens and adults in Lacey, Lakewood, Yelm, and the surrounding communities.
As a parent myself, my team and I are committed to listening to you to make your orthodontic journey as easy as possible.”
Dr. Leavitt grew up in the small farming community of Kuna, near Boise, Idaho. The second of nine children, he learned early on the value of hard work while helping his father and mother run their 80-acre farm.
Having a father who was a high school counselor and a mother who is an elementary teacher also taught him the importance of receiving a good education, inspiring him to go on to pursue a career in orthodontics.
Dr. Leavitt received an academic scholarship to Brigham Young University, where he graduated with a degree in Zoology. He then attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry, graduating with honors and receiving his Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree.
From there, Dr. Leavitt continued at the University of Washington, earning his specialty training in orthodontics. This program consisted of additional academic education in the areas of orofacial biology, anatomy, embryology, and craniofacial growth and anomalies, as well as clinical training in all areas of orthodontic theory and practice.
During this time, Dr. Leavitt also worked to complete a master’s thesis and received a Master of Science in Dentistry along with his Certificate of Orthodontics.
Staying Sharp Through Professional Memberships
Dr. Leavitt is a strong believer in being a part of the greater dental community, practicing interdisciplinary care with general dentists and other specialists, and continuing dental education.
He maintains membership with local and national components of both the dental and orthodontic societies to make sure he provides the best treatment possible for his patients in Lacey, Lakewood, Yelm, WA.
Dr. Leavitt also belongs to two orthodontic study clubs and one interdisciplinary study club with other specialists and general dentists. He far exceeds the state requirements for the amount of continuing education each year for dentists.
Outside of the Office
Dr. Leavitt lives in Tacoma with his wife, Mari, and their children.
He loves spending time with his family, whether they’re just hanging out at home watching movies or enjoying the great Northwest outdoors by camping, hiking, biking, and skiing.