Meet Dr. VanderWall

Dr VanderwallDr. Clay VanderWall feels grateful to be a part of the rewarding world of orthodontics. Dr. VanderWall finds that creating new smiles and the impact it can have on ones overall self-esteem is one of the most gratifying aspects of being an orthodontist. He truly enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of kids, teenagers and adults.


Dr. VanderWall attended Kalamazoo College, graduating with a bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences. He spent a semester doing research at the Dental Research Center of the University of the North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he wrote his Senior Individualized Project (SIP). He furthered his studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry, receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1999. He graduated with honors being inducted into the national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), and received the Pierre Fauchard Academy Student Award. He was also a recipient of the Health Professions Scholarship from the United States Navy.

Dr. VanderWall attended a 3-year post-doctoral orthodontic residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA where he received his orthodontic specialty certificate. The Einstein residency was the first fully accredited hospital-based orthodontic program in the United States.

Military Service

Vanderwall FamilyUpon graduating from dental school, Dr. VanderWall served on active duty in the United States Navy. He completed a hospital-based General Practice Residency at Great Lakes Naval Hospital. He was then the Dental Officer for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB-5) stationed out of Port Hueneme, CA. He was responsible for the dental care of the battalion’s 600 members while in homeport and on deployments to Okinawa, Japan and Rota, Spain. Dr. VanderWall left active duty in order to attend his orthodontic residency. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander while serving in the inactive ready reserves.

Professional Memberships

  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontics
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • North Carolina Association of Orthodontists
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society

Family Life

Dr. VanderWall grew up in the town of Grand Haven, MI. During his schooling and military service, he had the opportunity to live in several different areas of the United States. He and his wife, Coryn, believe the Triangle area is the ideal area to raise their young family. With three young children, Ian, Elle and Evan, they are now happy to call the area home.