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Celebrating Dr. Scott Hamilton’s Legacy

After almost 38 years in practice, Dr. Scott Hamilton will retire this December. We’re thrilled for him as he starts this new chapter filled with family and outdoor adventure!

Dr. Hamilton’s Career

Before we look ahead to scuba diving, we’d like to share a little bit about Dr. Hamilton’s career. “Dr. Scott” grew up here in Topeka, Kansas in an orthodontic family — his father practiced and taught orthodontics. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry, where he graduated with the highest scholastic standing in his class and received a number of other awards for academic excellence. 

Dr. Scott earned his master’s degree in dentistry while completing his orthodontic residency at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. He has also earned the distinction of being named a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, an honor accorded to only a third of all practitioners.

In addition to his full-time work at WH Orthodontics, Dr. Scott researches, writes about, and teaches orthodontics. He has published numerous research articles, served as editor of the International Orthodontic Review Journal, is on staff as a clinical instructor in the orthodontic department at the UMKC School of Dentistry, and is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists. He is a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists.

Dr. Scott’s professional success stems from his commitment to delivering the very best care possible to patients. His desire to know people and make a difference for them are at the heart of everything he does.

Dr. Hamilton Reflects on Retirement

We asked Dr. Scott to share with us some of his thoughts and plans for the future. 

What has it meant to you to be a part of this practice?

“I have been extremely blessed to be part of this profession and practice for nearly 38 years. I have loved the opportunity to work with so many wonderful, kind, compassionate, fun, and talented professionals over those decades, including doctors and employees. Don and Gena joining me in this journey made it even better to have two great partners to share the experience with.”

What do your patients mean to you?

“The patients have always been the driving force for me, as well as the practice and profession. We do all we can to help improve the lives of those we have the opportunity to treat. It’s why we strive to be advanced in our techniques and technology. It’s a privilege to earn the trust of so many families and we never take it for granted. I have loved the experiences so many patients have provided over the years and hope that I have impacted their lives similarly.”

What is your wish for the practice going forward?

“I hope it continues to be the premier orthodontic practice in Northeast Kansas and have total confidence that it will continue to serve the patients entrusted to its care.”

What are you most excited about in retirement?

“I am looking forward to this exciting ‘next chapter’ and spending time with my wife, children, and grandchildren. Our family loves outdoor activities, and now I have even more family to ski, scuba dive, hike, surf, and travel with. I also look forward to continuing to teach in the orthodontic department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. The residents there are always stimulating. I will also stay involved in study clubs in the area.”

Dr. Hamilton’s Legacy

Dr. Scott isn’t one for talking about himself, and we know he wants all of his appointments to remain centered 100% on you, the patient. He’d love a note, though! If you’d like to leave one, you can do so right here. 

All of us at WH Orthodontics congratulate Dr. Scott on his enormous professional success and his retirement! We’re so grateful for his mentorship and friendship over the years. All of us look forward to continuing his legacy of innovation, collaboration, and excellence.

What’s Next For Hamilton, Wilson & Hendrickson Orthodontics?

The HWH Orthodontics legacy that Dr. Scott Hamilton has helped develop will live on! We hope you’ll check out our new orthodontics logo and our vision for continuity of care at WH Orthodontics.


  • Marie Burdiek says:

    Congratulations Dr. Hamilton on your retirement. Thank you for providing our family with your service. Good luck and have a wonderful retirement!

  • Shannon says:

    Thank you so much for caring for myself, brothers, husband, and now children. The generations of families you have impacted is large! We appreciate you helping to give us beautiful smile that will last our lifetime! Congratulations on retirement!

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