Dr. Mark Paxton was raised in Bellevue, Washington and received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University in 1976. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1980 from the University of Washington, then completed a one-year, hospital-based general practice residency at the University of Washington hospitals in Seattle. Following his residency, he practiced general dentistry with the United States Air Force, and was stationed in Washington, D.C. and Wiesbaden, Germany.
In 1989, Dr. Paxton began a four-year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California. His training entailed extensive experience in orthognathic reconstructive and facial aesthetic surgery. Dr. Paxton is a board-certified surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is also board certified with the American Board of Dental Anesthesiology.
Clinical Research and Experience
Due to his interest in educational training and clinical research, Dr. Paxton was asked to remain on the teaching staff at Travis Air Force Base Medical Center following the completion of his residency. Through his efforts as research director, clinical research projects on temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery, maxillofacial reconstruction, rigid fixation and stability following orthognathic surgery, bone grafting and healing, and many pharmacology studies have been completed.
In 1995, Dr. Paxton and his family relocated to Spokane and opened Spokane Oral Surgery. Shortly thereafter, the practice became an accredited ambulatory surgery center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and Inland Empire. In July 2000, Dr. Paxton opened a satellite office on the South Hill of Spokane, and in 2005, a third satellite office in Post Falls, Idaho.
Accomplishments and Affiliations
Dr. Paxton’s professional accomplishments include an appointment by Governor Gary Locke to serve a three-year term as a member of the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission. In 2006-2007, Dr. Paxton was nominated as Citizen of the Year by the Washington State Dental Association.
Dr. Paxton has also served on the executive council for the Spokane District Dental Society, and was also appointed president of the Washington State Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Society for 2001. Dr. Paxton is a current member of the Spokane District Dental Society Foundation and the Sacred Heart Medical Center Pediatric Hospital Foundation. He is a trustee for the Washington State University (WSU) Foundation.
In addition, he is currently a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- American Cleft Palate Association
- American Association of Hospital Dentists
- Air Force Society of Clinical Surgeons
- American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
In the Community
Dr. Paxton’s interest in the care of patients with craniofacial deformities has also enabled him to serve as a volunteer for the nonprofit Hearts in Motion. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Paxton and staff have traveled on missions to Central and South America. During these surgical missions, Dr. Paxton has provided care to many children and adults who have cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial deformities.
Outside the Office
Dr. Paxton is married to Dr. Diane Paxton, an orthodontist in the Spokane Valley. The Paxtons have two children: Christopher, who pilots C-130 aircraft for the USAF, and Lindsey, who currently attends Gonzaga Law School. The Paxton family enjoys snow skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, biking and sailing adventures, and spending time with family and friends.