Meet Dr. Kelley


Dr. John Kelley is a board-certified specialist with more than 18 years of experience practicing orthodontics in the Fort Worth area. Dr. Kelley and his wife, Alison, are native Texans and proudly call Fort Worth their home.

Dr. Kelley attended Baylor University and received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He then completed a two-year post-graduate orthodontic residency, which included publication of original research, and a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in orthodontics (MS). During his dental school education, Dr. Kelley served as his class president, student council president, and received the Outstanding Senior Dental Student Award.

Dr. Kelley attained the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 2007, a status attained by fewer than 30% of individuals practicing orthodontics. This unique position identifies a doctor who has undergone a rigorous examination process, thus demonstrating the highest level of clinical excellence. Since he began practicing in 1999, Dr. Kelley has been annually recognized as a Top Dentist by Fort Worth Magazine. In 2014, he was inducted into Texas Monthly Magazine’s Super Dentist Hall of Fame

Dr. Kelley has a passion for learning. He continually works to stay on the cutting edge of information, techniques, and materials used in the practice of orthodontics. He and his staff spend a great deal of their professional time perfecting their orthodontic skills and keeping current with the latest orthodontic innovations through continuing education programs, orthodontic seminars, and professional study clubs. Dr. Kelley is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Southwest Society of Orthodontists, Texas Dental Association, and the Fort Worth Dental Society.

Dr. Kelley loves people and intentionally gives back to his community. As an active member of the Cook Children’s Hospital Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team, he is involved in transforming the smiles and lives of children born with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial abnormalities. In addition, Dr. Kelley is the lead orthodontic consultant and provider for low income children screened through Gill Children’s Services. In 2012, he founded Live Thankfully, a non-profit organization in which the smiles of Fort Worth reach deep into the needs of the city. In 2014, Dr. Kelley was honored at the National Philanthropy Luncheon for his outstanding work throughout Tarrant County.

Dr. Kelley and his wife, Alison, have four children: Rebekah, Joshua, Caleb, and Mary Jane. He and his wife are actively involved with ministry through Christ Chapel Bible Church, Bible Study Fellowship, and Young Life. Dr. Kelley’s personal hobbies include cycling, snow skiing, and coaching his kids’ sports teams.

A Few of Our Smiles


What our Patients are Saying


"John Kelley has partnered with us in transforming the H.O.P.E. Farm Boys into men. Kelley Orthodontics has the ability to help our boys develop confidence in their appearances and more importantly their characters. The Kelley Orthodontics team has been an irreplaceable instrument in the success of our program. John Kelley and the Crew… you are the best! "

"Professionalism and efficiency usually don't mix well with warm hospitality, but somehow at Dr. Kelley's office you find it blended comfortably together at every visit. Dr. Kelley not only takes his work seriously but also his relationship with you, the patient. You will not find a more friendly, helpful staff anywhere. "

"When I first found out I was getting braces, I got kind of worried, but Dr. Kelley explained everything to me step by step and made sure I knew how to treat minor pokes or pains in my teeth. They also provided me with toothbrushes and floss just for braces and taught me how to use them. The staff is really friendly and they're really good at accommodating me to where I don't miss anything big at school. Kelley Orthodontist has done a great job helping me with my braces! "

"I personally like it when I go to the orthodontist. When all the other kids at school say, 'I have to go to the orthodontist today,' the usual responses are, 'Hope you come back alive!' or 'That stinks!' But my response is, 'Who do you have?' The reason all the kids hate orthodontics is because they don't have Dr.Kelley! The staff is amazing, they don't put pointy things into your mouth, and they make the appointments quick and fast. Thank you Dr. Kelley for making a place that makes my mouth good as new!"

"We have been so grateful for Dr. Kelley's orthodontic care of our children. His kindness in dealing with our family, thorough medical expertise, and friendly office staff have made this office feel like a second family. Three of our children have been through orthodontics with Dr. Kelley, and not only are their smiles fabulous, but they even enjoy going to the office for visits. We have full confidence in Dr. Kelley's treatment of our children's individual orthodontic needs, and for one of our children in particular have seen significant progress that will likely keep him from surgery down the road. Because orthodontics requires frequent visits and check ups, we are all the more thankful for such a fantastic orthodontist and office staff to spend time with."

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