Dr. Franklin Wheelock
Dr. Franklin Wheelock has seen many changes over his many years practicing orthodontics, but his dedication to learning, providing a caring environment, and state-of-the art treatment for each patient has guaranteed a fun and rewarding atmosphere to receive your orthodontics.
Dr. Wheelock started his academic career as a military brat, and grew up all over the U.S. and Europe. After finishing high school in Wahiawa, Hawaii, he attended the University of Hawaii and earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in zoology. Next came four years of dental school at VCU’s Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).
Following dental school, Dr. Wheelock completed a four-year internship and residency at MCV in oral and maxillofacial surgery. After two years of private practice, he re-entered the Medical College of Virginia where he earned his Doctorate of Medicine (MD). To complete his journey, Dr. Wheelock attended Baylor University in Dallas, Texas to earn his Master of Science (MS) in oral biology and completed a two-year fellowship in orthodontics.
After 17 years, four degrees, and two specialty licenses, Dr. Wheelock finally entered the practice of orthodontics in Roanoke in 1989 and has not looked back.
In an effort to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology and advances in orthodontic care, Dr. Wheelock regularly attends training and education seminars. He is board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
He is also an active member of several organizations which include:
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Southeast Association of Orthodontics
- Virginia Association of Orthodontists
- Virginia Dental Association
- Roanoke Valley Dental Society
- Roanoke Valley Orthodontic Society
- Baylor Orthodontics Alumni Association
Dr. Wheelock has been married to Lydia Wheelock, a local pharmacist, since 1987, and they have enjoyed raising their three children — John, Ann Franklin, and Paul — as well as traveling the US and the world. In his spare time, Dr. Wheelock enjoys anything associated with flight (he earned his private pilot’s license), book collecting, and learning (Dr. Wheelock has never met a book he doesn’t like).
Dr. Evan Johnson
After graduating from Cave Spring High School in 2002, Dr. Johnson attended the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics with Distinction. He then returned to Lexington, Kentucky (where he was born) where he graduated ranked #1 in his class with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.
During his time in dental school, he received numerous awards, such as induction into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Alpha Omega National dental honor societies. Following dental school, he earned his Master of Science (MS) in oral biology and completed a three-year orthodontic residency at the University of Maryland.
In The Practice
Dr. J strives to make orthodontic treatment fun and exciting in a relaxing and state-of-the art environment. He strongly values the smile you work on together, since it will be the one you share with the world for the rest of your life. He encourages you to be engaged in your treatment, to pay close attention to your developing smile, and to ask questions along the way! He doesn't like surprises and will make sure you're comfortable with the goals you decide on together and treatment process before you're committed to anything!
The practice of orthodontics is constantly evolving. Dr. J stays on top of the current literature while at the same time appreciating where orthodontics has come from. He enjoys working closely with all dental specialists, including your general dentist, to obtain the beautiful smile you deserve in a timely manner.
Dr. J’s goal is not only to give you straight teeth and a beautiful smile, but to choose the right plan with you to maximize your facial aesthetics in the short term and as you age! You’ll find that he’ll talk to you about such things as the soft-tissue laser to augment your gum tissue symmetry or to uncover impacted teeth that once required a visit to the oral surgeon. He's even able to treat difficult cases that once required extractions or even jaw surgery with Invisalign or mini-implants/TADs and other techniques!
In addition to attending courses and seminars, and lecturing locally, Dr. J is also a member of the following organizations:
American Dental Association
American Association of Orthodontists
Southeast Association of Orthodontics
Virginia Association of Orthodontists
Virginia Dental Association
Roanoke Valley Dental Society
Roanoke Valley Orthodontic Society
He has been married to Amanda Johnson, a local dentist, since 2008. They have three children: Cooper, Camryn, and Connor. Having grown up in Roanoke, giving back to the community is extremely important. Dr. J knows he wouldn't be where he is without the support system he had growing up and looks forward to being a part of that support system moving forward!