Dr. Speaks – Denver Orthodontist

Dr. Clif Speaks for a Denver orthodontist and is among the few select dentists who are Board-Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Speaks always enjoyed the arts, nature, and science. From an early age, he was influenced by his grandfathers, the town’s physician, and pharmacist. It was the recognition of the community for his grandfathers’ good works and services that motivated Dr. Speaks to pursue his dream of helping others.

Background & Education

Dr. Speaks originally from South Carolina, where he attended college at The Citadel, the well-known historic military college in Charleston, South Carolina. While attending The Citadel, Dr. Speaks was a four-year letterman and captain of the NCAA Division 1 soccer team. He was also a member of the Summerall Guard, a highly-skilled rifle drill team that has represented the school in presidential inaugurations and major events throughout the countries history. Dr. Speaks graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

While attending The Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Speaks developed a passion for the specialty of orthodontics. However, he continued to pursue all aspects of dentistry due to his passions in science and the arts. Dr. Speaks received the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – Dental Student Award for outstanding undergraduate oral and maxillofacial surgery achievements.

After his graduation from MUSC, Dr. Speaks continued his dental education attending the General Practice Residency at the VA hospital in Portland, Oregon. Here he served our nation’s bravest men and women. The VA gave Dr. Speaks the opportunity to integrate his skills as a dentist in a multi-faceted approach to meet the needs of a population of people with a wide array of medical and dental needs.

With the completion of his residency in Oregon, Dr. Speaks relocated to Denver, Colorado, his wife Ginger’s hometown. Dr. Speaks and Ginger fell in love with The Highlands neighborhood of Denver. They knew immediately that this is where they wanted to live and raise their family. Dr. Speaks practiced general dentistry in Colorado for two years while still maintaining a passion for the pursuit of a career in orthodontics.

In 2008, Dr. Speaks and his wife moved to New York City, where he began his orthodontic training at Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. The culturally diverse population of the Bronx and New York City provided an ideal environment for him to refine his skills and treat a highly underserved population. In 2011, Dr. Speaks received his certificate in Orthodontics and Dento-Facial Orthopedics after three years of specialty training.