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Meet the Doctors

 

Mathue Faulkner DDS MS

We are excited to welcome Dr. Mathue Faulkner to the team as the new owner of Mai Orthodontics!


Dr. Mathue, as he prefers to go by, was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah with a degree in Medical Biology.  During his undergraduate education, he took a two-year hiatus to volunteer as a missionary in Japan where he developed a love of service and community.  Upon returning to the U.S., he began working as an orthodontic assistant, and grew to appreciate how both service and community are intertwined with the orthodontic profession. 

 

Education and Continuing Education

During dental school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, Dr. Mathue was an active volunteer in many of the dental community outreach programs while also devoting time to genetic research for cleft lip and palate.  After graduating near the top of his class, he continued his education by studying for an additional three years at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he received his orthodontic certificate in 2011.  While there, he also earned a Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree for his thesis on cytokine production in the gingival crevicular fluid of orthodontic patients.  Dr. Mathue understands the importance of continuing his orthodontic education by staying abreast of the latest developments and trends in the field.  As such, he devotes a significant portion of his free time to continuing education courses and seminars in order to provide the best and latest treatment to his patients.  Dr. Mathue is driven by creating beautiful and healthy smiles that change the lives of his patients.

 

Outside the Office

While Dr. Mathue is very passionate about orthodontics and the change it can make in a person’s life, he doeshave an exciting life outside of the office.  In his free time, he loves to spend time with his wife, Sarah; their two daughters, Olivia and Nora; as well as their two dogs, Henry and Enzo.  Growing up in Utah, he loves skiing, hiking, and cheering for the University of Utah most Saturdays in the fall (Go Utes!).  A bit of a self-proclaimed geek, one of his favorite hobbies is playing relatively obscure board games with his friends and family.

 

 

Mai Tran-Ferrara DDS MS

Orthodontics is a wonderful profession that allows Dr. Mai Ferrara to use her God-given talents in a way that is of great service to many in our community. She considers it a privilege to be able to create beautiful smiles that affect and influence people in such a positive way.

Dr. Mai Ferrara, who likes to go by Dr. Mai, genuinely cares about every patient she treats. Each and every smile she creates is a new challenge, and a new opportunity to have a positive impact on someone’s life.She acquired her passion to become an orthodontist as a teenager while working in multiple orthodontists’ offices. Her wide breadth of experience has been channeled into providing great care for her patients, and she finds that her perfectionist personality benefits all of our patients’ treatment.

 The art of orthodontics truly changes lives, and Dr. Mai is grateful  to have been a part of that process for so many delightful people in our community for more than 20 years. She loves to see the transformation in our patients as they progress through treatment. Dr. Mai has the privilege of changing patients’ appearances in such a way that it has a positive ripple effect to all aspects of their self-esteem. A hug or a huge smile from a patient at the end of treatment makes it all worthwhile!

Education and Continuing Education

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Dr. Mai continued her education by attending dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She graduated at the top of her class with highest honors, and was accepted into one our nation’s leading orthodontic residency programs at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, where she received her master's degree and certificate of orthodontics in 2001.

Dr. Mai is dedicated to providing excellent quality care for every patient. That includes attending continuing education courses, which are vital in order to keep up with the newest and latest technologies and advances. She continually advances her skills through study clubs and professional organizations. These include:

Outside the Office

As a devoted mom, Dr. Mai balances life with private practice. A native of Austin, she enjoys being outside in the sunshine and spending quality time with her beautiful, young sons, Max and Nick. Whether she is taking her kids to the park, running along trails, or swimming, she likes to stay active. Dr. Mai also enjoys cooking, wine tasting, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.