About Us:

McNamara Orthodontics

Personalized orthodontic care using traditional braces, clear braces and Invisalign for children, teens, and adults in the greater Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter and Saline, MI communities.

Your smile is just one small feature that makes a big statement. At McNamara Orthodontics, we want to help make sure that your smile is making the right statements about you!

Our team works together to create a positive experience for our patients and their families. Dr. Jim and Dr. Laurie are uniquely qualified to care for patients and smiles of all ages!
Fun and lighthearted, warm and inviting, our practice offers the perfect environment for patients to relax and enjoy their orthodontic treatment.
Our practice utilizes the most advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques available today.
Passionate about their work as orthodontists, Dr. Jim and Dr. Laurie strive to provide patients with a unique experience offering a variety of treatments including Invisalign® the "braceless alternative to straight teeth."
Our knowledgeable staff will guide you every step of the way through the new patient process. We offer easy financing options to work within your budget and bill directly to all insurance carriers.
A leader in the community, McNamara Orthodontics donates much of their time to supporting schools, local organizations, and most of all, our patients!
When you’re ready to take the next step toward orthodontic treatment, please contact McNamara Orthodontics for your FREE orthodontic consultation and get ready to start smiling!

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Laurie is a true Ann Arborite. She was born across the street from our practice in the “old” St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and has lived in Ann Arbor almost her entire life.

Like many of our patients, she attended King and Angell Elementary School, Tappan Middle School, and is a graduate of Huron High School. Dr. Laurie left Ann Arbor for four years to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, before returning to The University of Michigan for dental school and her Graduate Orthodontic training.

Dr. Laurie is a member of:

American Association of Orthodontists,
American Dental Association,
Michigan Dental Association,
Great Lakes Association of Orthodontics,
Michigan Association of Orthodontists
Washtenaw District Dental Society.
In addition she is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. This signifies a unique achievement, a step beyond the three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics. Nationally, less than half of the orthodontists in the United States are certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Dr. Laurie is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan. Her research on smile esthetics has been published in multiple scientific journals and she co-authored a book chapter.

Dr. Laurie is married to a fellow River Rat (Huron High School) Stephen McClatchey and they have a daughter, Sophia, born January 2008 and a son Alexander, born January 2010. They are excited about raising their family in Ann Arbor.

Dr. James A. McNamara has practiced orthodontics in Ann Arbor since 1971. Born in San Francisco, he is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley. Dr. McNamara received his dental and orthodontic education at the University of California San Francisco and a Doctorate in Anatomy from the University of Michigan.

Dr. McNamara holds an Endowed Professorship in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in the U of M School of Dentistry. He also holds professorships in the U of M Medical School and in the Center for Human Growth and Development, a research unit on the Ann Arbor campus.

Dr. McNamara is considered an innovator in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment. His research focuses extensively on the clinical modification of the growth of the face and jaws. He also is director for the U of M team that deals with the management of patients with complex restorative needs (orthodontic, periodontic, and restorative/prosthodontic problems).

He continues to lecture nationally and internationally, having given courses in 36 countries. He has authored over 245 publications (for a list of publications click here). He also has written, edited, or contributed to 68 books on orthodontics and craniofacial biology, including the widely-used textbook Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.



Dr. McNamara has received much recognition during the last 35+ years for his patient care, teaching, and research efforts.

The Albert H. Ketcham Memorial Award, the highest award given by the American Board of Orthodontics in 2008. This award generally is considered the most prestigious award in orthodontics worldwide.
The James E Brophy Award, the highest award given by the American Association of Orthodontists of Orthodontists, in 2001.
The Research Recognition Award of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in 1983.
The E. Sheldon Friel Memorial Lecturer of the European Orthodontic Society in 1979.
The Milo Hellman Research Award given by theAmerican Association of Orthodontists in 1973.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He also is past-president of the Midwest Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists.

Dr. McNamara lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Charlene, who is the business manager of the orthodontic practice. Their daughter Laurie is an orthodontist and is a partner in this practice. Their son David is a real estate broker and property manager and the founder of Foxway Realty in Ann Arbor. The senior McNamaras have three grandchildren – Sophia, Alexander and Kendall.

Dr. McNamara is an avid photographer, supporter of U of M athletics, and also pretends to be a golfer.

Meet Our Staff

Liz was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, where most of her family still resides. As a graduate of the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene program, her first job out of college was with an orthodontist. While this is slightly unusual for a hygienist, it proved to be fortuitous as she has worked for a total of eight orthodontists during her career.

She started in our office in 1982, working chairside directly with patients. While her duties keep her primarily at the front desk, you may see her occasionally working chairside with patients or helping with sterilization or lab work. She says, "I love our team because everyone genuinely cares about our patients and the quality of work we do. I take great pride in working with such high caliber doctors and staff. I find my position as office manager, as well as the field of orthodontics, to be fascinating because it continually challenges me to develop my skills in a variety of directions, involving science, technology, and human relations. We don't just straighten teeth, we change lives!"

Jackie is a native of Tecumseh, MI, where she and her husband Bill still reside. Together they have seven children, which keeps life fun and exciting. Yet even with a big family, she and Bill still find time to sneak away and go rollerblading together.

Jackie is a graduate of Owens Community College and has been a dental hygienist since 1984. As an orthodontic clinician and treatment coordinator, she finds her job both challenging as well as rewarding. She says, "Because of the high standards the doctors have set for themselves as well as the staff, there is continual growth and learning opportunities in our office."

She loves the interaction with the kids as well as adults. She is fascinated at being part of a team that creates beautiful smiles. Her own was created here as well! All of this just confirms the quote she loves: "A smile is worth a thousand words!!"

Mary worked as an Orthodontic Chairside Assistant for six years before joining our front desk staff as the Appointment Coordinator in 2000. "The people are the best part of my job", she says. She loves greeting our patient family as if they were her own, as well as being a part of a caring professional team. In addition Mary is also the Insurance Coordinator, experienced at maneuvering through automated telephone menus and multitasking during long waits on hold.

Mary knows what the patients are experiencing, as she is a former patient herself (and still wears her retainers at night!) She enjoys developing relationships with our patients and their families while they are on their journey toward straighter teeth, and looks forward to all of their warm smiles along the way.

Lisa is a native of Michigan and grew up in Allen Park. She graduated in 2000 from the Dental Hygiene program at Wayne County Community College District. She lives in Brownstown, Michigan, with her husband Ron and their two children Kayla and Madison."My mom was a dental assistant, which is why I went into the dental field. I was also a dental assistant for three years prior to going into the dental hygiene program. I have always loved to make people laugh and smile, so this field was a perfect fit." Lisa has been a perfect fit in our office since she joined us in 2003. One of Lisa's favorite holidays is Halloween. She and her husband actually got married on Halloween in 2001, in Wonder Woman and Superman Costumes, respectively. Lisa also enjoys camping, participating in sports, and Girl Scouts with her children.

By the way, check-out Lisa's smile; compliments of the braces she wore from our office. It won't be long before her girls also become part of our orthodontic family of patients. Then they too, will see their mom at work; perhaps perpetuating the dental career started by Lisa's mom so long ago.

Jody was born and raised in Wisconsin and moved to Ann arbor with her husband in 1996. Her daughters Sydney and Katie were born here.

After 10 years her husband's career took them to Montreal, San Francisco and Vancouver. His new business brought them back to Ann Arbor to stay!

"It is great to be back in the city we consider home. It is also exciting to be back working as an orthodontic assistant. Something I did for years while living in Wisconsin. The doctors and staff are a pleasure to work with and I enjoy seeing familiar faces in the patients and their parents."

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