There have been three generations of Hunt orthodontists. Dr. Hunt’s grandfather and father were both orthodontists who practiced in Eureka. Great-grandfather A.N. Hunt came to Humboldt County in 1861 (Abraham Lincoln was President) after the gold rush. He and his wife raised 9 children in Arcata where they had a dairy. The whole family was involved in ranching. While visiting a friend in San Francisco, Dr. Hunt’s grandfather, Dr. Vernon Hunt visited the dental school where he was invited to join the class beginning the following Monday. That started a career in the field of Dentistry that began in Arcata in 1916 and Eureka in 1922.
Dr. Vernon Hunt was nationally recognized when he presided over the formation of the National Board of Dentistry examination. He was president of the California Dental Association and the California State Board of Dental Examiners.
Dr. Everett Hunt joined the practice in 1945 after serving four years in the Navy during World War II. He practiced with his father for 9 years. During that time, he became the first orthodontist on the north coast to become board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Over the following 40 years Dr. Hunt treated hundreds of patients in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. In 1948, the office on the corner of Seventh and I streets was constructed based on the design by famed Modernist Architect Richard Neutra. The office continues to maintain its original, architecturally significant appearance, while the interior has been remodeled to be more modern and technologically advanced.
Dr. Howard Hunt joined his father in 1981 as one of the first, third generation orthodontists in the world. Like his father and grandfather, he has been very involved in the leadership and evolution of the profession of dentistry and specialty of orthodontics. Dr. Hunt is a Past-President of the Pacific Coast Society of orthodontists, the organization representing 94% of all orthodontists in the 8 western United States and four Canadian Provinces. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of the American Association of Orthodontists’ political policy committee, specializing in public policy advocacy. He is the recipient of the California Association of Orthodontists Distinguished Service Award for 2017 and previously received the 2014 Annual Session Honoree Award for the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists.