Meet Dr. Jacqueline Palaisa

 

Orthodontics was a truly life-changing experience for me. When I was a teen, I hated to smile because my teeth stuck out and were crooked. After my orthodontic treatment, my confidence grew as I was less inhibited to talk with people and smile freely. I feel that the entire course of my life was changed by orthodontic treatment.

I want to pass that forward to every person who is unhappy with the appearance of their smile. I get so much satisfaction when a patient or parent expresses how happy they are with their progress or finished result. I know I am making a difference in my patients’ lives.

I genuinely love orthodontics and going to work every day. I feel that orthodontics contributes to self-confidence, and I am honored to participate in the physical and emotional development of my young patients on a daily basis. I want to have a positive impact on the lives of every person who walks into my office. 

Education and Experience

I attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine for my Doctorate of Dental Medicine, and completed my general practice residency at the Naval Medical Center of San Diego. I practiced dentistry in the U.S. Navy for seven years before going back to school for orthodontics.

In 2005, I graduated from West Virginia University School of Dentistry with my Master of Science and certificate in orthodontics. I continued practicing orthodontics in the Navy until 2008, when I opened my private practice here in Frostburg.

Continuing education is an important aspect of my career, since it is required to maintain my license. However, I take several times the required amount of CE to stay at the very top of my game when it comes to new studies, techniques, and appliances that are available for orthodontics. I attend courses and lectures several times a year, and even lecture to our local dental society about orthodontic treatment.  

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • Maryland State Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Allegany-Garrett County Dental Society, delegate

Family and Community

I am originally from Uniontown, PA, and have lived in Frostburg since 2008. As a mother of three and a business owner, I am constantly on the go, but I love to find time to cook, read, exercise, and spend time at the pool and vacation at the beach with my family. 

While my family and my practice take up the majority of my time, I also make room to serve my community whenever possible. I have volunteered several times with the Mission of Mercy free dental clinics. I am also involved in the local schools by lecturing for career day and sponsoring many of the local sports teams.