40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

JASON CHARNLEY

  • Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Lakeshore Orthodontics

Age:

33

Name of Practice:

Lakeshore Orthodontics

Specialty:

Orthodontics

Education:

DDS, MS, University of Michigan School of Dentistry


Why He Was Nominated

Dr. Charnley leads a precision-based orthodontics practice in western Michigan, paying special heed to the micro-aesthetics of a smile.

Favorite Aspect of Dentistry

“I’ve always been drawn to the aesthetic aspects of a well-balanced smile,” he says. “If attention to detail is paid for the micro-aesthetic, it takes someone from a nice smile to a fantastic smile.”

Tool He Can't Live Without

The Biolase iLase wireless portable diode laser. “I’ve been looking at the micro-aesthetics from the gingival perspective,” he says. “The harmony between the hard-tissue and soft-tissue balance is very important.”

Something People Don't Know

Dr. Charnley played football at Kalamazoo College, and a “goofy” blocked field goal one game resulted in his making the highlight reel on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

Advice to Aspiring Dentists

“Don’t be afraid to look at all sorts of practice opportunities,” he says. “You never know when you’re going to come across a community and a practice that are a perfect fit for you.”