Christian Medical & Dental Society, American Board of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Virginia Association of Orthodontists, Tennessee Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, First District Dental Society
Dr. Jeremiah Sturgill grew up in the small town of Big Stone Gap in southwestern Virginia. He knew he wanted to be an orthodontist as a teenager. After seeing how much braces changed his smile, he was inspired to help others achieve similar success through orthodontic treatment. He kicked off his academic journey by attending King University in Bristol, Tennessee on an academic scholarship. He graduated with honors and earned dual degrees in biology and business administration.
After college, Dr. Sturgill went to dental school at Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, located just outside of Phoenix. Again, he opted for the dual major route getting his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. Dr. Sturgill completed the Postgraduate Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedics Program and graduated with a specialty certificate in orthodontics and a doctorate in health education (DHEd). He was also chosen to participate in implant osseointegration study at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He wrapped up his training by serving as chief resident for his program and completing rotations at the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center – Barrow Neurological Institute Cleft and Craniofacial Center. Phew! That was a lot of schooling!
Professional Background & Recognition
After undergoing the rigorous process of getting board certified, which involved hundreds of additional hours of preparation to show he was able to provide the highest level of patient care, Dr. Sturgill earned the distinction of becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. This honor is bestowed on only 40% of practicing orthodontists.
While Dr. Sturgill’s wife, Dr. Riley Sturgill, was attending residency at Virginia Commonwealth University, he joined one of the most prestigious practices in Richmond, Virginia. He was also tapped to join the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University as an Assistant Professor for the Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedic residency program. He continues to teach aspiring orthodontists the intricacies of straightening the teeth and aligning the bite.
Dr. Sturgill’s rigorous training, experience in advanced technology and commitment to continuing education have provided him with a vast skill set in traditional braces, clear braces, adult braces, Invisalign, orthognathic surgery, cleft palate/craniofacial syndromes, laser dentistry, lingual (hidden) braces, sleep apnea and TMD/myofascial pain.
Moreover, his dedication to patients and their dental health helps people smile in more ways than one. He combines his profound orthodontic skill with thorough communication, professionalism and a zany sense of humor to help patients achieve the orthodontic results they desire while having fun.
Beyond the Practice
Outside of the office, Dr. Sturgill and his wife enjoy hiking, camping, horseback riding and skiing. They’re also active in their church and have taken mission trips across the globe visiting everywhere from the rainforests of Uganda to the waters of the Amazon River all the way to the northern villages of the Arctic Circle.
In spite of their love of travel and adventure, there’s no place the Sturgills would rather practice than northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. It not only provides them the chance to be close to their families, it also grants them the ability to serve the communities they cherish.
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- Sturgill, J. & Park, J. (2015). Changes in Orthodontists’ Retirement Planning and Practice Operations Due to the Recent Recession, Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, 49(4), 240-8.
- Gage, C., Sturgill, J., Bliven, K., & Park, J. (2015). Mouthguard Effects on Vertical Dimension, Muscle Activation, and Athlete Preference: A Prospective Cross-Sectional Study, General Dentistry, 63(6):48-55.
- Sturgill, J., Howell, S., Perry, M., & Kothari, H. (2016). Protocols for treating patients with end-stage renal disease: a survey of undergraduate dental programs, Special Care Dentistry, 36(6):321–324.