Meet Dr. Andy
"Continuing education and being an active part of the teaching/learning community is a big part of who I am as a doctor. I strive to better myself by continuing my education and experiences as well as being an active teacher in the community of orthodontics. Running a full-time orthodontic practice, teaching classes to professionals in my field, and finding a balance for my family while raising two boys with my wonderful wife can be both a joy and a struggle. I understand the busy lives of my patients and the struggle to juggle everything in our lives. I want to thank you for choosing us to be a part of your orthodontic experience and I will do everything I can to make this journey a great one with me!"
- Andrew D. Schmidt, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Andrew D. Schmidt, D.D.S., M.S.D. I grew up in Rhinelander, Wisconsin with my mom, dad and big brother. After I graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1993, I went on to attend Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota where I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree, earning Phi Beta Kappa Honors. Upon graduating from college I took some time to explore and experience a little of what life has to offer. I spent a year as a United States Professional Tennis Association certified tennis professional and I also took time to be a part of an 81-day Outward Bound program. Both of these experiences shaped who I became as an adult and I can say that Outward Bound was a life-changing experience full of winter camping, rock climbing, white water rafting, and backpacking.
After college and my time off I went on to attend dental school at the University of Iowa, starting to follow in the footsteps of my father who was an orthodontist. I graduated with my degree in dentistry in 2002 and was then one of five residents accepted into the orthodontic program at the University of Washington, where I began earning my Master of Science Degree in Dentistry and my certificate of orthodontics. Being one of 5 students across the nation accepted into this highly competitive program is one of life’s accomplishments I am most proud of! During my time in the orthodontic program, earning my Master’s Degree I also met my wife Terra, a dental student also attending UW...another one of life’s accomplishments I’m proud of!
I finished my formal training in 2004 and my wife Terra and I returned to Rhinelander to practice orthodontics with my father, Darrell Schmidt at his practice. Being able to practice orthodontics with my father for several years was such a blessing to me in my initial experiences as an orthodontist; having the honor of following in my father’s footsteps and learning from him, and being able to return to my hometown and live around my close knit family.
After a few years in Rhinelander however, we returned to Washington State, an area we both loved and where Terra grew up. We settled in Bellingham where we worked hard to open our own practice amidst the backdrop of Bellingham and Whatcom County. We were thrilled to be able to live in an area amongst friends, near family and where we could enjoy the variety of outdoor activities that Bellingham provides. I enjoy downhill and cross country skiing, swimming and I still get to participate the occasional tennis match. I also enjoy teaching our two young boys basketball, baseball and riding bikes. I spend most of my evenings running around after our little ones and as they grow up I dabble in chauffeuring as a shuttle driver to and from friends, sports and events.
Our friendly and helpful front office staff can assist you with anything you need; from scheduling your appointments, to coordinating your treatment, to help figuring out that confusing insurance! We are here for you.
As orthodontic assistants, we want your orthodontic experience to be the best possible. We strive for excellence and we provide clear communication with patients and parents, comfort measures, and encouraging words. All of our assistants are knowledgeable, proficient and compassionate.
What to expect
From the moment you call our office, to walking out our door with your new smile, you can expect a caring approach, professionalism and support within our vast array of orthodontic options.
What we provide
Schmidt Orthodontics provides orthodontic options and solutions for children and adults, from limited interceptive needs to comprehensive orthodontics. We have options ranging from retainers to invisible braces to braces on the back of your teeth, and everything in-between!
Financing & accommodations
At Schmidt Orthodontics we don't want anything to stand in the way of your new smile. We offer flexible financing, tailored to meet your individual and family needs. We meet the needs of all of our patients, including those with special needs, sensory issues and those who need a little something "extra". We are here for you with a cozy blanket, squishies, fidget cubes, games, sunglasses and a patient staff. We excel in clear communication and we provide a variety of treatment options for every individual.