My mission is to create beautiful, healthy smiles in a positive, welcoming, friendly, and professional environment. I pledge to educate my patients and the community on oral and overall health, and to volunteer my time and talents to the benefit of the public and my profession.

I became an orthodontist because I understand the positive effect a beautiful smile can have on a person’s confidence and self-image. I enjoy getting to know all my patients and their families, and love the great team of people that helps me create great smiles in the office.

Education and Continuing Education

I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and continued on to earn my Masters in oral biology and specialization in orthodontics. I spend numerous hours each year staying on the forefront of orthodontic technology by taking continuing education courses. In addition to attending lectures at local, state, and national meetings, I co-lead a study club for complex cases and have run a continuing education series.

Professional Affiliations

  • San Diego County Dental Society; served on the board of directors, chaired committees, and as president
  • San Diego Academy of Orthodontists
  • American Association of Orthodontists; delegate, delegation whip
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists; board member, committee chair
  • California Dental Association; served as trustee
  • American Dental Association; served as 13th district representative
  • UCSD School of Medicine volunteer faculty

In the Community

I have a true dedication to my community because I am invested in the lives of my patients, inside and out of the office. I volunteer my time at the UCSD dental outreach program to provide care to the homeless and low-income families.

On the faculty, I lecture to pre-dental students and medical students, and mentor students as they shadow me in the office. I was a founder of the Flying Doctors San Francisco chapter, which provides dental care in rural Mexico, and participate in CDA Cares events, which alleviate pain and infection for thousands across California.

At your next visit, ask me about my experiences as an honorary deputy sheriff!

Outside the Office

A native of Colorado, I’ve been proud to call San Diego my home since 1999. When I’m not practicing orthodontics, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors by rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and wake boarding.

Dr. Melanie Parker is your experienced San Diego, CA orthodontist. Call our office today to schedule your first appointment!