Dr. William J. Cherry
“I find it amazing to say I have been practicing orthodontics over 20 years. I guess time does fly when you are doing what you love. Sometimes, people ask me what made me want to be an orthodontist. When I was young, I loved science and people, so I tried to find a career that would combine both. When I was 15 I convinced my parents to take me to the orthodontist. It was truly a life changing experience. I was very self-conscious about my smile and this led me to be less confident in myself. Not only did I experience how much braces can transform a person firsthand, but my orthodontist became my mentor, later my employer, and to this day I consider him my friend. I knew during this treatment that this was something I wanted to do. I really love helping people and when I see someone brimming with life and confidence after giving them the smile they always wanted, well, there’s no better feeling in the world for me. The Lord has given me the talents and ability to positively impact the lives of others. Every day, I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to care for my patients. I have the opportunity to participate in their lives and share their highs and lows as they grow and transform during our time together. I guess that is what I am most passionate about and why I love what I do. In my heart, I know that being your orthodontist is all about you and taking care of you like you were my own family. Anyone who knows me knows there is nothing I would not do for my family.”
Dr. Cherry attended LaSalle University and graduated Maxima cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. At LaSalle, he was involved in the theater group and the premedical/predental honor society serving as its president during his senior year. After LaSalle, he went to Temple University Dental School where he received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine, graduating fourth in his class of 147. He was invited to join the oral surgery, periodontal, and prosthetics honor societies while at Temple and was elected to OKU national dental honor society.
Dr. Cherry decided to continue his education and proudly serve his country by joining the United States Air Force as a dental officer, where he completed a General Practice Residency at the Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews AFB in the Washington DC area. Being in the nation’s capital area afforded him many unique educational opportunities including a Pharmacology course at Bethesda, a forensic dentistry course at Walter Reed, and monthly oral pathology courses from the pathologists at the Arms Forces Institute of Pathology. After three great years at Pease AFB in Portsmouth, NH, Dr. Cherry entered the orthodontic residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine where he began what has been the most rewarding career he could ever have imagined. Providing his patients with beautiful smiles and sharing their joys and excitement has given him many wonderful moments.
Dr. Cherry is a firm believer that education is a lifelong endeavor and he attends courses that help him stay on the cutting edge technically as well as in the area of enhancing patients’ experiences in his practice. He wants to WOW you and treat you in a unique and friendly way while getting superb care and receiving beautiful smiles for you and your family.
Finally, Dr. Cherry has taught orthodontics to dentists who are in the General Practice Residency Program at St. Luke’s University Health Network for the past six years. It is both a terrific way to give back to the profession that he loves as well as impact the lives of young dentists by enhancing their ability to diagnose and treat their patients’ orthodontic needs and conditions. It forces him to stay up on advances in all areas of dentistry so he can teach his students to understand the importance of treating the whole patient.
Dr. Cherry is active in promoting the professions of dentistry and orthodontics. I am an active member of the:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists/li>
- Pennsylvania Society of Orthodontists
- Lehigh Valley Society of Orthodontists – Past President
- American Dental Association
- Pennsylvania Dental Association
- Lehigh Valley Dental Society – Past President
- Second District Dental Society – Director