About the Doctor

Dr. Joseph L. Wasson

img-JLWUsing education to further teach himself and to share knowledge with others.

"To me, education is everything. First of all, it gave me the opportunity to fulfill my career goals. Secondly, and certainly no less importantly, it gives me the chance to teach students, other professionals and patients on a daily basis. Giving and exchanging information helps me grow as an orthodontist, so I can give my patients the most advanced care for the best results possible."

Undergraduate studies: Pre-dental, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1957; Dental degree: DDS, University of Tennessee Memphis, College of Dentistry, Memphis, TN, 1960; Master's degree: MS, Orthodontics, University of Tennessee Memphis, College of Dentistry, Memphis, TN, 1962.

Dr. Wasson has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education courses and has advanced training in Dentofacial Orthopedics, TMJ and Surgical Orthodontics. He has used his experience and training to influence up-and-coming dentists and orthodontists:

Instructor, Department of Orthodontics, University of Tennessee Memphis, College of Dentistry, Memphis, TN, 1964-68; Instructor, Department of Orthodontics, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1968-69; Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, University of Tennessee Memphis, College of Dentistry, Memphis, TN, 1968-79; Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics, University of Tennessee Memphis, College of Dentistry, Memphis, TN, 1979-1987; Professor, Department of Orthodontics, University of Tennessee Memphis, College of Dentistry, 1987-present; Contributing Author, Clark's Clinical Dentistry textbook and other textbook publications; Also served as a research advisor for numerous Master of Science theses and was involved in clinical research projects for the University of Tennessee Memphis Department of Orthodontics.


Respected in his professional community.

"Professional activities offer great forums to share and exchange information. I'm honored that my fellow colleagues have recognized my work and have asked me to speak at several meetings and presentations. All this experience, however, really benefits my patients most. After all, they're the reason we're researching and discussing new and better ways to solve orthodontic problems."

Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics, 1981; Author, Published in numerous dental and orthodontic journals, including the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics; Member, American, Southern, Tennessee and Memphis Associations of Orthodontists; American and Tennessee Dental Associations; College of Diplomates, American Board of Orthodontics; American Society of Dentistry for Children; International Academy of Gnathology; Southeastern Gnathological Research Group; Memphis Dental Society; Memphis Dental Legion; The Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education; Past President, Memphis Dental Legion, 1974, served as secretary/treasurer, 1973; Past President, Memphis Association of Orthodontists, 1987, served as secretary/treasurer, 1986

Dr. Wasson has also made numerous presentations to dental and orthodontic professional study groups and societies in the U.S. and abroad. These presentations include meetings of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the International Academy of Gnathology and the Puerto Rican Society of Orthodontists.


Serving his country through his profession.

"Orthodontics has played a part in just about every aspect of my life. And the military was no exception."

Captain, U.S. Army Dental Corps, 1962-64

"When you read this résumé, you'll find a lot of information about me that I hope will make you feel very confident about your child's care. But I also want you to know me on a personal level. When I'm not practicing orthodontics, I enjoy spending time with my family. And whenever possible, I hunt, fish and stay fit by staying active."


Dr. Wasson's published articles