Dr. Parker was raised in Benton, Kentucky and moved to Louisville to study Chemical Engineering on academic scholarship at the Speed School of Engineering. She completed three cooperative externships at the Rohm and Haas Company (now part of the Dow Chemical Company) to gain experience and graduated from this rigorous program earning highest honors. Although Dr. Parker loved engineering, she was attracted to a career in Dentistry by its ability to make a special and individual difference in the lives of others. She attended Dental School at the University of Louisville, where she discovered the ability to use her engineering background in the field of orthodontics. She was attracted to orthodontics because it combined her love of engineering with a unique personal application. Orthodontic treatment had a positive and long-lasting impact on Dr. Parker as a child, she wanted to be able to help her patients in the same way. She applied to and was accepted into the highly competitive University of Louisville orthodontic specialist post-graduate residency program and joined the team at BracesBracesBraces after its completion.
Dr. Parker’s favorite part of being an orthodontist is comparing before and after pictures with patients and celebrating their new smiles. She also enjoys teaching and sharing her orthodontic knowledge with dental students from the University of Louisville. Occasionally, dental students come and spend time at our Dixie Highway office. She is committed to staying up to date with the most advanced orthodontic treatment methods available and frequently travels across the country to attend conferences for orthodontic specialists. Dr. Parker gives back to her community and continues to touch people’s lives by participating in a program called Smiles Change Lives. This program allows Dr. Parker to treat more patients whose families struggle with the full cost of braces.
When she isn’t seeing patients, Dr. Parker enjoys traveling to new places with her husband, Steve. She has visited over 30 states and over 20 foreign countries (and is still adding more to the list). She enjoys running, diving, hiking, photography, and trying food from all over the world. When she is at home you will often find her cooking with her husband, doing Insanity workouts, or spending time with her twin nieces.