Meet Dr. Leaver

A Passion for Orthodontics

I feel so lucky to be an orthodontist! It is a fantastic profession.  I absolutely love my job--I love talking to people; I love working with my hands and using modern science and technology to improve the lives of individuals.

I love laughing with my patients. They share stories of their lives and adventures with me, and allow me to become part of their life’s story. I treasure the moments when a patient chooses to tell me what they are learning in school, the accomplishments of their families, or where they have been traveling. I learn so much about the world and life from the conversations I have with my patients, and truly appreciate each insight.

Orthodontics was a natural path for me. For a time in college, I wanted to be an orthopaedic surgeon.  I worked as a teenager for my father, who was an orthodontist for more than 35 years.  My memories of his personal and professional satisfaction along with my own wonderful experiences of talking to patients led me to finalize my decision of becoming an orthodontist.  So I followed in his footsteps, even attending the same orthodontic school, and then joined his practice in 2001.

I always tell people I have the best kept secret of a job: I get paid to make friends, and all my friends get a perfect smile!

Education and Continuing Education

Mine is a continually evolving field. It is essential I remain current on new technologies and changes in treatment philosophies and processes, to ensure my patients receive the high quality orthodontic care they expect. Anything less would be unacceptable.

Throughout the year I pursue continuing education courses in orthodontics and other oral healthcare topics through meetings, seminars, conferences, and lectures. I also stay abreast with research results through relevant publications and journals.

In the Community

I have been a guest lecturer at the UNLV School of Dentistry since the school opened.  I also donate time to church, community projects, coaching soccer and volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. Caring for others, and giving back to the community, is important to me.

Personal Life

I grew up in Las Vegas, but have lived in many states, including Utah, California, Oregon, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia.  I now live in Summerlin with my wife and 3 children, including a set of twins. When I’m not caring for my patients, you’ll find me with my family, whether we are reading, cooking, riding bikes, playing soccer, or traveling.