Dr. Jana Tumpkin McQueen has practiced orthodontics since 1988, when she finished her orthodontic residency. She decided to go to dental school after a friend suggested it to her and that ended up being the best decision she could have made!
During dental school, Dr. McQueen found herself drawn to the orthodontic specialty because of the mental engagement it offered: being able to challenge herself, daily, on top of perfecting smiles for people she cares about, is a huge bonus!
Dr. McQueen completed her undergraduate studies at Fisk University, where she was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She then attended Meharry Medical College for dental school, graduating second in her class with honors and with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). Her orthodontic residency was completed at Howard University.
For Dr. McQueen, knowing the impact that treatment has on a person – giving individual’s confidence in their smile – is her greatest reward. She loves seeing people blossom, as their self-esteem grows, and they are more at ease around others. When treatment is finished, and her patient has a smile they are proud to share, she celebrates with them!
A large part of Dr. McQueen’s devotion to providing high quality orthodontic treatment is reflected in her dedication ongoing education. Orthodontics is a constantly advancing specialty, with research leading to changes in diagnostics, technology, and methodologies.
Through active continuing education – participating in seminars and attending meetings and lectures – Dr. McQueen stays up-to-date with best practices. This allows her to incorporate the most current, proven options into the practice and patient care.
Dr. McQueen is an active member of the:
- American Orthodontic Association
- American Dental Association
- National Dental Society
- Great Lakes Orthodontic Society
- Michigan Dental Association
- Wolverine Dental Society
- Oakland County Dental Society
These professional organizations offer numerous avenues for Dr. McQueen to learn from leading practitioners and keep abreast of emerging research and trends.
Beyond the Practice
A Detroit native, Dr. McQueen graduated from St. Benedictine High School in 1979. She resides in the metro Detroit suburbs with her husband, Morris McQueen.
When she’s not changing smiles, Dr. McQueen prioritizes time with her husband and three children, Maurice, Janelle, and Marcus. She loves to learn new dances and to travel, and is an avid reader.
Dr. McQueen also enjoys participating in many community and volunteer activities through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Rho Omega Chapter, too.