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Meet Dr. Paxton

Dr. Diane Paxton

My philosophy is to provide the best possible orthodontic care in a friendly, caring environment. The ability to work with patients to create great smiles and positive changes in their lives is very rewarding. Being an orthodontist is the best job in the world!
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I earned my degree in Nutrition as well as my Dental Degree (D.D.S.) from the University of Washington. After practicing general dentistry for seven years I returned to school with an Air Force sponsorship receiving my specialty training and Orthodontic Certificate from the University of California San Francisco.

Professional Experience

From 1981 thru 1994, I practiced general dentistry and then orthodontics with the U.S. Air Force. I was stationed in Maryland, Germany and California; thoroughly enjoyed the professional and travel opportunities while serving. In 1995 my family and I returned to my home town, Spokane, and have been practicing orthodontics here since that time.


I am a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics and their associated dental associations.
I enjoy continuing my education and participate in the Seattle Study Club and several other dental study clubs. I have a special interest in treating patients with developmental abnormalities such as cleft lip and palate and serve on the Providence Maxillofacial Review Board.

  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • Providence Maxillofacial Review Board

In the Community

I am a Spokane native and am proud to serve my community as a member of Providence Maxillofacial Review Board, being on the boards of the Women Helping Women Fund, Women and Children’s Free Restaurant and through various other community activities. I am also involved with Hearts in Motion, an organization that travels to Guatemala to provide dental care.

Outside the Office

I have two grown children, Chris and Lindsey that live in Spokane. Chris is a pilot and Lindsey a lawyer. In my free time I love spending time with my family, my three grandkids, traveling and many outdoor activities including cycling, hiking and skiing. I also confess to a severe quilting habit and love of cooking.