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Work Hard, Play Hard, Smile Hard

Kirkpatrick and Lai Orthodontics has been a family practice since 1960 when Dr. Reuben Kirkpatrick started the practice.  In 1986, Dr. Tom Kirkpatrick joined his father in practice followed by Dr. Doug Kirkpatrick in 1993.  Six years later, Dr. Joe Lai joined the Kirkpatrick brothers in practice, and the family grows each and every day with our new patients! We create more than just beautiful smiles, we create memories.

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“I feel very fortunate to be in a great profession that allows me to meet and help great people achieve their goal of a beautiful smile. I hope that you feel at home in our office with the positive atmosphere we strive to create.” Dr. Joe


Dr. Tom, Dr. Doug, and Dr. Joe all received doctorates from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry as well as their Masters of Science in Orthodontics.  Each one is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, and the Tulsa County Dental Society.  Dr. Tom and Dr. Doug have both served as president of the Tulsa County Dental Society, and all three doctors are past presidents of the Oklahoma Orthodontic Society.

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“One of my greatest joys in orthodontics is communicating with patients and their families. To me, keeping communication open between patients, their families, and our office is important. We use innovative ways to keep in touch, using the Internet, social networking, emails, and text messaging to help stay connected.” Dr. Doug

Outside of the office, Dr. Tom, Dr. Doug, and Dr. Joe all enjoy outdoor sports, such as hunting and fishing.  They also enjoy golfing and spending time with their families. The doctors always love to hear about your adventures.  Indulge them with a great fishing, hunting or vacation story.


“I’ve been practicing for over 20 years, and each day I enjoy the interactions I have with all my patients and parents. Over the years, I’ve seen many orthodontic trends come and go. It is my desire to help you understand your treatment options and how they apply to your specific treatment goal. I always tell parents that I will treat your child as if they were my own.” Dr. Tom


Meet the Front Office Staff

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Our front office staff members are eager to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about your insurance, scheduling appointments, and/or emergency care.  Our entire team is a tight-knit community of friends, with many of our staff members working at our practice for over ten years.  We are proud to welcome you to Kirkpatrick & Lai Orthodontics!  We hope that you will appreciate the comfort of our friendly office and staff. Please feel free to give us a call – we are here for you!


Meet the Team

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Our staff is a talented group of skilled, knowledgeable, and dedicated people whose greatest goal is to make your orthodontic treatment a convenient, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. Each one of our staff members is OSHA certified, and works hard to maintain a safe and clean environment for you and your family.  Our staff stays involved in continuing education as a way to remain current with the latest treatments.

Lab Team

tulsa - orthodontistOur lab technicians, Al and Tracy, have over 30 years combined experience here at Kirkpatrick and Lai Orthodontics.  Al makes all of our appliances such as Rapid Palatal Expanders (RPE), Habit Reminders and Night Guards.  Tracy specializes in making the clear and acrylic retainers, as well as custom mouthguards.  All of our appliances and retainers are made “in house” so we never keep our patients waiting.