Meet Dr. de Leon

Dr. Jacqueline de Leon-Estes

jacqueline-300pxDr. de Leon is in the field of dentistry specializing exclusively in orthodontics for children, adolescents and adults.

 

Dr. de Leon received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1993. She was the president of the Dental Student Council on her last year in Dental School. There, she graduated and was inducted into the university honor society. She was awarded a scholarship grant by Sanofi Winthrop and received a couple of awards for Best in Leadership. It was her dental degree that enabled Dr. de Leon to practice general (family) dentistry.

 

After working as a dental associate for two years, she opened her own practice as a general dentist which kept her busy for about three years.

 

In 1998 Dr. de Leon decided to specialize in orthodontics, she was accepted at the University of Minnesota for Orthodontic Residency Program which she completed in June 2000. She earned a joint Master of Science (MS) degree and Certificate in Orthodontics. According to the American Dental Association, only about six percent of dentists complete this advanced specialty education and may call themselves orthodontists.

 

Dr. de Leon worked as an Orthodontic Intern in Irvine, CA soon after she finished her residency. Six months later, she moved back to Minnesota and was hired by one of her professors, as an Associate Orthodontist and Orthodontic Research Consultant. At the time, she was traveling back and forth from Minnesota to Washington. She also filled in for three other orthodontists in Washington whenever they need her. Dr. de Leon is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontist, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontist, Washington State Dental Association and Snohomish County Dental Society.

 

In effort to stay current with the latest advances and dental breakthroughs in orthodontics, Dr. de Leon regularly attends continuing education courses. It is her extreme priority to stay on top of the latest orthodontic techniques which have been proven in scientific and clinical studies. Dr. de Leon belongs to a local study club with young orthodontists where they talk about cases, practice management and discuss what is latest in orthodontics.

 

Dr. de Leon’s passion of helping and supporting the youth shows in her dedication to the YMCA Mukilteo as a Board of Director. She also serves as VP of Parent Teacher Fellowship at Northshore Christian Academy.

 

In effort to stay current with the latest advances and dental breakthroughs in orthodontics, Dr. de Leon regularly attends continuing education courses. It is her extreme priority to stay on top of the latest orthodontic techniques which have been proven in scientific and clinical studies. Dr. de Leon belongs to a local study club with young orthodontists where they talk about cases, practice management and discuss what is latest in orthodontics.

 

Leon-Estes-Family-300pxOn October 25, 2002, Dr. de Leon got married to Chris Estes, a Mechanical Engineer that was born and raised in Washington State. Ultimately, it was Dr. de Leon that packed her stuff and moved to WA. They love being married to each other and looking forward to a lifetime of being Mr. & Mrs. Estes. They are blessed with two beautiful girls, Kiana and Kalia, and a charming boy, Keagan, all of whom are in their elementary years. It is evidently hard to find a balance between family and career but her kids inspire the vast renewing love within her, daily. They are currently involved in the Cedarpark Northshore Church and Convoy of Hope.

 

When Dr. de Leon is not creating beautiful smiles, she is busy giving her children the love and care that they need. Dr. de Leon and her husband both love to explore new places, culture and food. As much as they love to travel, they will wait until their kids are big enough to appreciate what travel truly means.

 

Cooking is Dr. de Leon’s another pride and joy next to her family and career. She used to own a catering business before she opened up her own dental practice 14 years ago.

 

Dr. de Leon truly has a heart for people and a ready smile for everyone. She believes that if there is love within your heart, it is easy to pour out that love to others.