For the past 25 years, Dr. J. Randal Buttram’s goal has been to give his patients the best possible experience—keeping up his expertise on the latest orthodontic methods and technology, making sure his office runs efficiently and smoothly, and caring for each patient and their families as if they were part of his own.
He loves to see his young patients grow into confident adults, and he cherishes the moment when an adult patient sees their new smile in the mirror. There was no other area of dentistry or medicine that offered Dr. Buttram the same opportunity—the chance to witness patients reaching a milestone in their lives.
Born in Alabama, Dr. Buttram grew up in Central Florida. A football scholarship took him to Harding University in Arkansas for college. That is where he met and and fell in love with his wife, Angie. The two have been married for more than 30 years and are delighted to have settled in Florida’s most beautiful community: Panama City. Their two daughters are the focus of most of their travel—Emily is a Physician Assistant in Nashville, and Ellie studies and plays soccer at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Dr. Buttram flies planes, golfs, cycles, stand up paddleboards, reads, and—of course—surfs. He remains actively involved with his church, local youth sports programs as a team sponsor, and the local dental society.
After graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science in biology from Harding University, Dr. Buttram went on to earn a DMD from University of Florida College of Dentistry, also with honors. He completed a hospital based, 12 month, Advanced General Dentistry residency at University Hospital in Jacksonville, and received a specialty Certificate in Orthodontics after successfully completing a 2 year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. But he still works hard to make sure he has the very best in training. He takes more than 20 hours each year of continuing education, focusing on learning as much as he can about developing effective and efficient orthodontic treatment, cosmetic options options (Invisalign and clear braces), soft-tissue lasers, and mini implants (TADS)—whatever the right solution is for your smile, Dr. Buttram has the expertise to help you discover it.
“I have absolutely loved my experience with the office so far. Everyone was friendly to me from the time I walked in until the time I walked out. Megan was amazing at helping put my braces on- it was quick and painless. I have been recommending your office to all my friends and patients.”Haley