Dr. James R. Waters is a 1996 graduate from UTHSC Dental School in San Antonio, 1997 graduate of Advanced Dentistry from the UNMC in Nebraska and the 2001 Valedictorian graduate from the prestigious Saint Louis University Orthodontic Program receiving the J.P. Marshall award for clinical excellence in 2001. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Science, Doctorate in Dental Surgery, a post-doctorate certificate in Advanced Dentistry, post-doctorate Degree in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics and a Master of Science Degree in Orthodontics.
Dr. James R. Waters grew up on the Pecos River in southern New Mexico, moving to Texas in 1989 to attend Angelo State University where after three years he graduated Summa Cum Laude as Valedictorian of the Science College with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. Dr. Waters was immediately accepted into the Top Dental school in the nation, the prestigious University of Texas San Antonio Dental School where he excelled in his studies graduating in 1996 Magna Cum Laude at the top of his class.
Following graduation, Dr. Waters married his Dallas-native wife, Kim, and accepted an Advanced Dentistry Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. For 15mo Dr. Waters served the University Hospital and multiple children's clinics around the region focusing on more advanced case treatments for under-served populations. Following this residency, Dr. Waters and his wife moved to the Oregon coast and started a general dental practice. After three years as a general family practitioner (including one year at the University Hospital), Dr. Waters was invited to attend the prestigious St. Louis University CADE Orthodontic Program recognized by many as the best clinical program in the world. While at SLU, Dr. Waters was introduced to all aspects of orthodontic treatment; There was focus on history and literature as well as cutting edge appliances and procedures as Dr. Waters treated over 100 patients under the supervision and guidance of over 20 Board Certified Specialists. In 2001, after nearly three additional years of advanced post-doctorate specialty training, Dr. Waters again graduated Valedictorian receiving his post-doctorate specialty degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics as well as a Master's of Science in Orthodontics. As a final honor, SLU awarded Dr. Waters with the coveted J. P. Marshall Award for Highest Achievement in Clinical Excellence.
With these top credentials, Dr. Waters moved back to Texas in 2001 and joined the Orthodontic practice of Dr. Robert Kavieff in Austin (previously the practice of Dr. Joh McNutt who was one of the earliest specialists formally trained as an orthodontist in the state of Texas). Dr. Waters worked side-by-side with Dr. Kavieff to learn from his 42 years of private practice and in December of 2002, Dr. Kavieff retired, passing the torch of his prestigious practice to Dr. Waters. Since then, Dr. Waters continued to serve both Austin and Bastrop until 2007 when he built his new state of the art Orthodontic practice in Steiner Ranch. As more practitioners moved out toward Bastrop, Dr. Waters felt his patients would be better served by doctors living in that area; he finished his cases and then turned his new focus to his own neighbors in Steiner Ranch.
Today, Dr. Waters provides the same passion and drive for excellence that made this long standing Austin practice an Icon in the Austin dental community for nearly 70 years. In the grand tradition of this practice and as a resident of Steiner Ranch since 2001, Dr. Waters is excited to offer his service to his neighbors in Steiner Ranch and West Austin; re-investing in his North-Central Austin practice with a complete re-model in 2005 and of course in his custom designed practice in the Steiner Ranch Vista Ridge Center where residents of Steiner Ranch, Riverplace, Lakeway, Hudson Bend, Four Points, and the surrounding corridors are invited to call for complimentary exams at (512) 266-8585
Dr. Waters and his wife Kim of twenty years have four children; Hope and Cole both attend Vandergrift High School, Luke attends the Canyon Ridge Middle School and Ava attends Steiner Ranch Elementary. Dr. Waters' extended family includes the thousands of patients treated and maintained over the past years. It is because of these patients and their many wonderful referrals that this practice is able to thrive.