Board Member Biographies


Dr. John Wachtel


  • Board Member – CADS Foundation
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, Director
  • Arizona Orthodontic Study Group
  • Central Arizona Dental Society, President
  • Scottsdale/Paradise Valley Dental Study Club, Past President
  • Arizona Innovative Dental Study Group, Advisor
  • American Dental Association
  • Arizona Dental Association


I appreciate the people who come to us for care and treat each with the same respect, compassion, and empathy I’d provide a family member.

My goal, and that of Dr. Stieg and our team, is to provide patients with comfortable, efficient orthodontic experiences and deliver beautiful smiles they will enjoy for a lifetime.

  • Bachelor of Arts in quantitative economics and decision sciences – University of California at San Diego
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine – University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • Certificate in orthodontics – Boston University

Continuing education is at the core of who I am as an orthodontist. The development of new technologies, methodologies, and products happens at a dizzying rate and it’s essential to assess the viability of each. Our patients deserve proven orthodontic treatment that is safe and comfortable, and delivers a beautiful smile.

Throughout the year I attend multiple local, regional, and national conferences, lectures, and seminars. Additionally, I participate in local dental study groups.

After growing up in San Diego, and completing my dental degree in Pennsylvania and orthodontic studies in Boston, I moved to Scottsdale to join Dr. Stieg in practice. This has been a great community in which to raise my four children: daughters Lauren, Annalise, and Tessa, and son, Andrew. My wife Tarianne and I couldn’t be happier to be here.