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Melvin W. Walters, DDS

Dr. Mel Waters

Dr. Walters is an experienced orthodontist with over 20 years of practice in the greater Sacramento area. He earned his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Minnesota and served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy aboard an aircraft carrier. He received his orthodontic specialty training from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics, and a member of the American Association of Orthodontics. Dr. Walters stays current in orthodontic developments by attending and participating in numerous professional organizations. Since the sale of his practices in the Rocklin and Roseville area, he has worked part-time with Dr. Mark Douglas in Elk Grove. He is returning to full-time practice, having realized how much he missed his practice and the patients he enjoys.


  • Certificate in Orthodontics 
    • University of Washington, School of Dentistry, Seattle, Washington 1967
  • Orthodontic Graduate Student 
    • University of Washington, School of Dentistry, Seattle, Washington 1965 –1967
  • General Dentist 
    • U.S.S. Hornet CVS-12, 1963 – 1965
  • Rotating Internship (General Practice Residency) 
    • U.S, Naval Hospital, Great Lakes Illinois, 1963
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery 
    • University of Minnesota, 1962
  • Bachelor of Science 
    • University of Minnesota, 1960


  • 1967 to 1968: Dr. Warren Contigan, Associated in Los Altos, California
  • 1967 to 1984: Practice in the community of Sunnyvale, California
  • 1984 to 1985: Practice in the community of Tucson, Arizona
  • 1985 to 1994: Worked multiple satellite practices in Arizona and California
  • 1989 to 2004: Practice in the communities of Rocklin and Roseville, California


  • 1980 - Member of Edward H. Angle Orthodontic Society of Northern California
  • 1978 – Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Fellow of the College of Diplomates American Board of Orthodontics
  • 1962 Honorary Dental Fraternity


  • American Cleft Palate Association
  • American Dental Association, ADA
  • University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry, San Francisco, California (1968-1986)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthodontics
  • American Board of Orthodontics, Diplomate 1978
  • American Association of Orthodontics, AAO
  • California Dental Association, CDA
  • California Association of Orthodontists, CAO
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, PCSO
  • Northern California, Edward H. Angle Orthodontic Society
  • Peninsula Orthodontic Research Group (Study Group of Twelve Orthodontists), PORG
  • Edward H. Angle Orthodontic Society of Northern California, Angle Society
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontist, ABO
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Fraternity, OKU
  • Fellow of the College Diplomats of the ABO
  • Sacramento District Dental Society, SDDS
  • Flying Dentists Association
  • Active Dental License: CA #17796


Operacion Esperanza, Cleft Lip / Palate Health Care Team Member Since 2003

For two weeks each year, this foundation serves the needs of children in Ecuador who were born with facial deformities. In 2006, we provided 67 removable intraoral appliances. The majority were designed to obdurate oral-nasal fistula to aid in eating and drinking. These appliances included orthodontic auxiliary wires to reduce the severity of the teeth and skeletal misalignment. Several over-dentures were delivered to adults with repaired bilateral clefts and severe mid-face deficiencies in an effort to improve function and facial esthetics.




  • Airplane single engine land and sea
  • Airplane multi-engine land
  • Instrument airplane
  • 3,500 hours as pilot in command time
  • Own 1958 Piper Comanche, PA-24/250 and 2004 RV-8 Experimental (EFIS equipped)
  • Fly about 120 hours / year
  • Multiple international flights to Mexico, the Caribbean, Guatemala, Canada and Alaska

(The time related, three-dimensional challenges of flying are quite similar to those of orthodontics. Flying has enhanced my skills in providing orthodontic care)


  • Graduate of Public School System, Crookston, MN, 1955
  • Three grown children
  • Two grand children


  • Flying
  • Snow skiing
  • Traveling

He has enjoyed his chosen profession and recently returned to active practice after a short time in semi-retirement. "I love my work too much to stay on the side-lines when there are so many exciting developments in Orthodontics. Re-entry has allowed me to completely update my practice including the appliances and techniques we use."


Dr. Walters is assisted by his friendly and capable staff at his Natomas location.


Office Info

(916) 575-9990

(916) 575-9993


8am - 5pm
Lunch from 1pm - 2pm

8:00am - 5pm
Lunch from 1pm-2pm

By Appointment Only

8am - 5pm
Lunch from 1pm - 2pm


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4450 Duckhorn Dr., Suite B | Sacramento, CA | 95834


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