Dr. Merlin Ekvall received his doctorate from Loma Linda University Dental School in 1975 and returned to earn his specialty certificate and master’s degree in orthodontics in 1991. Dr. Ekvall also earned a master’s degree in public health. As an orthodontist, he has been providing outstanding orthodontic care to Omak, Washington and the surrounding areas since 1991.
To stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in the field of orthodontics, Dr. Ekvall maintains active membership in numerous prestigious professional organizations, such as the American Association of Orthodontists, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, the North Central Washington Orthodontic Study Group, the North Central District Dental Society and the Okanogan Valley Study Club.
Growing up as a missionary's child in the Philippines, Dr. Ekvall was raised to serve others. He has been extraordinarily active in helping to promote oral health, not only at home in the United States but throughout the world. He practiced general dentistry in Taiwan for 13 years and has been active in helping set up clinics there as well as in Nepal, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, Peru and Africa. He has also completed short-term mission trips to Papua New Guinea, Peru, Chad and Guatemala.
In his time away from the office, Dr. Ekvall has served as Director of the Brewster Blazer Pathfinder Club for the past 16 years. In his spare time, he enjoys backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail, mountain climbing, skiing of all kinds, mountain biking and completing workshop projects.