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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 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 Orthodontists and their associated dental associations. I have been active in the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, serving on committees and as a regional editor for the Pacific Coast Society Bulletin. I serve as a consultant for Spokane’s IDEA Dental Clinic which provides dental care for the area’s underserved.
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 Sacred Heart Maxillofacial Review Board.

  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • American Cleft Lip and Palate Association
  • Spokane Dental Society Foundation and IDEA Clinic

In the Community

I am a Spokane native and am proud to serve my community as a member of Providence Sacred Heart Maxillofacial Review Board, being on the board of the Women Helping Women Fund 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

My husband, Dr. Mark Paxton, a Spokane Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, and I have two grown children, Chris and Lindsey. Chris is a United States Air Force pilot. He, his wife and my three grandchildren are currently stationed in North Carolina. Lindsey practices Law with the Northwest Justice Project in Wenatchee, Washington.

In my free time I love spending time with my family, traveling and many outdoor activities including cycling, hiking and skiing. I also confess to a severe quilting habit and love of gardening.