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Dr. Howard Hunt


Dr. Hunt is a third-generation orthodontist with offices in Eureka and Arcata, California. Part of a large ranching family that settled in Humboldt County in the 1860s, Dr. Hunt followed his father and grandfather into orthodontics. Dr. Vernon started the practice in 1916 in a small office over the Minor Theatre in Arcata. Since then, the Hunts have maintained offices in both Eureka and Arcata.

Dr. Hunt was raised in Arcata and attended local schools, including Jacoby Creek School and Arcata High School. After graduating from Arcata High School, Dr. Hunt attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1976, followed by his DDS from the UOP School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Following dental school, he attended a two-year residency program at the University of Southern California, receiving in his specialty degree in orthodontics in 1981.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Hunt has been involved in many leadership positions and dental organizations. He served as President of the Humboldt Dental Society and as the northern California Trustee on the Board of the California Dental Association for six years. Since 2000, he has served as a director and then officer for the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO), the governing body of orthodontists in the eight Western United States and four Canadian provinces. In 2007, Dr. Hunt served as president of the PCSO. Recently, Dr. Hunt was appointed to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Orthodontists' Government Relations Board in Washington, D.C. where he is working in an advocacy position on health care policy. Locally, Dr. Hunt was a long-time member of the Vector Cranio-facial Anomalies Panel, working with children with cleft palate and other birth defects. He is also active in organizations outside the field of dentistry, including the Humboldt State University Advisory Board, for which he has been a member since 1991.

Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of working and living in a small community like Humboldt County is developing close, unique relationships with patients and their families. Dr. Hunt values the relationships he has made with so many people in the community over the years, and always enjoys it when a patient comes up to him outside of the office.

Dr. Hunt and his wife Jan raised their 3 children in Humboldt County and have been married for 37 years.  She is a retired Speech and Language Pathologist who specialized in brain injuries.  They have three grown children:  Courtney, who teaches public relations at the University of Oregon; Amy, an attorney in Eureka; and Cameron, a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


    American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Member

    Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO), Past-President

    California Association of Orthodontists (CAO), Past-Trustee

    American Board of Orthodontics (CDABO), Diplomate, Board  Cert.

    Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists (EHASO). Past Director

    American College of Dentists (FACD), Fellow

    American Dental Association (ADA), Member

    California Dental Association (CDA), Past-Trustee

    Humboldt-Del Norte Dental Society (HDNDS), Past-President

    2015 AAO Annual Scientific Session, General Chairman

    AAO Political Action Committee, Chairman of the Board

Awards and Honors

Dr Hunt was selected to be the General Chairman of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO)  in San Francisco.  This meeting was attended by more than 16,000 people, including orthodontists from 62 countries. In 2000, Dr. Hunt was inducted into the American College of Dentists.

Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics

2014 Recipient of Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Annual Session Award

2017 Recipient of the California Assn. of Orthodontists Distinguished Service Award

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