Our Story

A Family Tradition

Align Ortho was started in 1981 by Dr. James Scramstad’s father, Dr. Don Scramstad. When James saw how much joy his father got from building relationships with his patients and giving them healthier, straighter smiles, he was inspired to follow in his footsteps. The father-son duo worked side by side until Dr. Don Scramstad retired and James took the reigns.

1967

Dr. Don Scramstad

Dr. Don Scramstad graduated from the University of Alberta.

1967

Dr. Don Scramstad's Telegram

Once Dr. Don received a telegram notice (pictured right) that he passed his dental board exams, he started practicing in Kelowna as one of the “original six” dentists in town.

1981

Align Orthodontics Office

Dr. Don took ownership of the Align Ortho practice, kicking off decades of providing patients straight smiles.

1991

Our School Story

While James was hard at work on his schooling, Nirvana released their iconic album Nevermind.

1995

President of the College of BC Dental Surgeons

Dr. Don Scramstad was the president of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.

1996

Dr Don and James Scramstad at a conference

James, now officially Dr. James Scramstad, graduated from the University of Alberta Dental School with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and joined his father at Align as a General Practitioner dentist offering orthodontics only. They worked together for 17 years from 1996 to 2013!

2008

Kelowna BC Bridge over Okanagan Lake

Kelowna’s William R. Bennett Bridge was completed, replacing the older Okanagan Lake Bridge.

2012

Dr. James Scramstad standing in Align Ortho's office

Dr. Don retired, marking the end of an amazing career filled with healthy smiles and strong bonds with his patients and their families.

2019

Align Orthodontic's Office exterior

This was a year of big changes for the Align Ortho team! We moved to our brand new office on Harvey Avenue offering our patients a more convenient location and free parking. In an effort to incorporate the newest technology advances, we purchased our third iTero® digital scanner and added 3D printing, allowing us to provide our patients with the most modern, comfortable care.

Dr. Don Scramstad

1967

Dr. Don Scramstad graduated from the University of Alberta.

1967

Once Dr. Don received a telegram notice (pictured right) that he passed his dental board exams, he started practicing in Kelowna as one of the “original six” dentists in town.

Dr. Don Scramstad's Telegram
Align Orthodontics Office

1981

Dr. Don took ownership of the Align Ortho practice, kicking off decades of providing patients straight smiles.

1991

While James was hard at work on his schooling, Nirvana released their iconic album Nevermind.

Our School Story
President of the College of BC Dental Surgeons

1995

Dr. Don Scramstad was the president of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.

1996

James, now officially Dr. James Scramstad, graduated from the University of Alberta Dental School with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and joined his father at Align as a General Practitioner dentist offering orthodontics only. They worked together for 17 years from 1996 to 2013!

Dr Don and James Scramstad at a conference
Kelowna BC Bridge over Okanagan Lake

2008

Kelowna’s William R. Bennett Bridge was completed, replacing the older Okanagan Lake Bridge.

2012

Dr. Don retired, marking the end of an amazing career filled with healthy smiles and strong bonds with his patients and their families.

Dr. James Scramstad standing in Align Ortho's office
Align Orthodontic's Office exterior

2019

This was a year of big changes for the Align Ortho team! We moved to our brand new office on Harvey Avenue offering our patients a more convenient location and free parking. In an effort to incorporate the newest technology advances, we purchased our third iTero® digital scanner and added 3D printing, allowing us to provide our patients with the most modern, comfortable care.

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