What do you get when you mix a Boeing engineer with an experienced dental specialist? A super-intelligent, talented, and interesting orthodontist named Dr. Jacqueline Bunce!

It isn’t every day that an engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplanes (Renton, Washington) makes the decision to become an orthodontist. It was a brilliant choice, though, because Dr. Bunce’s engineering background arms her with a unique advantage in orthodontics, the most engineering-related field in dentistry. 

Raised in the Seattle area, Dr. Bunce attended the University of Washington in Seattle and earned her bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering. Her deep understanding of engineering concepts provided the perfect launchpad for her dental education.

Did you know:
The materials dentists use, such as adhesive composites and shape memory wires, were originally developed for the aerospace industry?

Dr. Jacqueline Bunce

In 1995 Dr. Bunce earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington and was invited to begin a one-year general practice residency at the University of Washington Medical Center. This hospital-based program of advanced training involved working with medically complex and emergency patients at the Medical Center and its affiliated clinics: Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, and the Veterans Administration Hospital.  Upon completion of this program, she became a full-time University of Washington School of Dentistry faculty member, and later served as the director of Harborview Medical Center's Dental Clinic.

Dr. Bunce completed her orthodontic specialty training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This three-year program is noted for performing dental research, and the creation of orthodontic and other dental textbooks that are used to train dentists throughout the world.  She completed a master's thesis research project that involved digital radiography, and earned her orthodontic specialty certification. She entered private practice in 2000.

Did you know:
Dr. Bunce is a board certified orthodontist and has achieved Diplomate status with the American Board of Orthodontics?

Professional Organization Participation and Memberships

Actively participating in several key prestigious orthodontic professional organizations helps keep Dr. Bunce current on the latest techniques and technology.  She is a past president of the Washington State Society of Orthodontists. She also completed a four-year term as the Washington state director for the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists.

Other professional memberships include:

Awards

Through her dedication to the profession, Dr. Bunce has received numerous honors and awards, including election into the national dental honorary fraternity, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.  For her work with children, she received the American Society of Dentistry for Children Award, the Academy of General Dentistry Award, and the American Association of Women Dentists Award.

Did you know:
Dr. Bunce supports and encourages the continued education interests of each member of our team? As a team, we are committed to lifelong learning!

Personal Interests

Beyond the dental office, Dr. Bunce enjoys outdoor sports like hiking and cross-country skiing, and she loves spending time with family. When it comes to volunteer opportunities, the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter is an organization that is particularly close to her heart. In 2006, Dr. Bunce's husband passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

Dr. Bunce sponsors delegates from her local chapter to advocate with elected officials in Washington, D.C. for ALS-associated issues. Dr. Bunce and her husband were pivotal in increasing funding to find a cure for ALS through their congresswoman at the time, Jennifer Dunn. For more information on ALS, visit the ALS Association website.