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History of Our Practice

history of our practice

In early August 1966, Dr. Robert E. Matlack opened the doors to his new orthodontic practice in a newly constructed suite located in Building F of the 550 Water Street medical/dental complex. Dr. Matlack had just moved to Santa Cruz from Chicago, after completing his graduate orthodontic training at Northwestern University.

In 1978, the Santa Cruz practice was relocated within the Water Street complex to a new and bigger office in Building L, Suite 2. A second office in Aptos opened on Soquel Drive in 1993.

Throughout his long and active career, Dr. Matlack became a highly respected orthodontist in Santa Cruz County. Today, he is enjoying his retirement in Santa Cruz, and, every so often, he receives updates on the practice.

The practice was named North Coast Orthodontics in 2006, under the direction of Dr. Schabel and Dr. Chan. Along with all the patients who are new to our practice, we continue to see children and grandchildren of former patients of Dr. Matlack. The current state-of-the-art Capitola office opened in May 2011, and is centrally located on 41st Avenue.

Having served the Santa Cruz area since 1966, our offices have provided orthodontic care to generations of families from the following communities: Aptos, Aromas, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Capitola, Carmel, Corralitos, Davenport, Felton, Freedom, Gilroy, Hollister, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pajaro, Rio Del Mar, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Seacliff, Soquel, and Watsonville.

When you’re looking for an orthodontist in your area, ask around; it’s likely that someone you know has been treated by our office.

All patients represented on this site are actual patients of Dr. Schabel and Dr. Chan.
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