Meet Your Marion Orthodontist

Dr. Clayton Parks

Dr. Clayton T. Parks is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Master of Science, and Certificate in Orthodontics.

Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics in 2005, Dr. Parks enjoys treating children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Parks has special interests in cosmetic treatment methods (Invisalign®, etc.), orthognathic surgery, temporary implant anchorage, and TMJ dysfunction.

Dr. Jason Schmit

Dr. Jason Schmit was born and raised in Austin, Minnesota. While attending the University of Minnesota, Morris, for his undergraduate education, was named to the Academic All-American Golf Team.

In 1998, Dr. Schmit graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He earned the highest academic honor by being elected to OKU.

He completed his master’s degree and earned a Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Iowa in 2000.

Since then, Dr. Schmit has practiced orthodontics in Cedar Rapids and Marion and is proud to be certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Jessica Fuller

It has been Dr. Jessica Fuller’s lifelong dream to help people reveal their most beautiful smiles, and she's thankful to live that out today.

Dr. Fuller truly enjoys her work as an orthodontist and values the trust of her patients and their families. She prides herself on providing the highest possible level of care and enjoys working with patients of all ages.

Dr. Fuller is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2009. Upon graduation, Dr. Fuller served four years as a dental officer in the United States Air Force before returning to the University of Iowa to earn her master’s degree and Certificate of Orthodontics.

Dr Mark Wittchow

Dr. Mark Wittchow takes pride in the quality of care he provides for his patients by treating everyone like family. His favorite part of his job is developing relationships with the patients and families he treats.

Dr. Wittchow was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, graduating summa cum laude.

Dr. Wittchow went on to earn his Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. After dental school, he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he completed his Master’s degree in oral biology and earned his Certificate in Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Why an Orthodontist in Marion?


Orthodontist vs. Dentist

An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist. All orthodontists are dentists first, but though not every dentist has the qualifications to be an orthodontist. Our doctors continued their formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As orthodontists, they have spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan.

Why does it matter if you see your Marion Orthodontist?

Specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic problems. Dentists receive basic orthodontic training which allows them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who do not need to see an orthodontist yet.

Seeing a specialist like your Marion orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:

    • Providing additional treatment options.
    • Giving you more efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office's primary area of care.
    • Knowing that you'll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite problems that need to be addressed.
    • Personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concerns
    • Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.
    • You may think it's easier to have your orthodontic work completed by your dentist. Convenience shouldn't be a concern, because you will only be stopping by your Marion orthodontist's offices every six to eight weeks.


And don't let price be a problem either! Parks, Schmit & Fuller Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Marion area.