Dr. Mary Paula Zaytoun Steele, Orthodontist

"Orthodontics has always been more of an art than a science to me. Working with a patient is like sculpting in clay - I have to visualize, then plan and execute how the teeth should properly support the face and lips."

Education and Experience

Dr. Mary Paula received her Undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina in History with an emphasis in Art History, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, and received her Master of Science degree in Orthodontics from the University of Iowa. She has been practicing in the field of orthodontics for more than 35 years. Dr. Mary Paula was the first female orthodontist in the Raleigh, Cary, Garner area when she began working with her father in the early 80’s. Her overall practice philosophy is to strive for the work of a master, never settle for good enough, and have a lot of fun doing it. She believes each patient offers her a chance of a lifetime opportunity to make an impact, and she is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure an exceptional treatment result. Her strong work ethic and values are great examples for staff members and patients alike.

For her first 15 years in the field, Dr. Mary Paula owned orthodontic practices in both Dubuque, Iowa and Raleigh, NC; however, now she is settled full-time in the Triangle with offices in Raleigh, Cary, and Garner that long-distance, dual-practice years enabled Dr. Mary Paula to develop innovative delivery systems and staff training programs that help make the Zaytoun Orthodontics’ team the best in the Triangle.

In the Orthodontic Community

In 1988, Dr. Mary Paula became a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, the highest designation an orthodontist can achieve. She was the first female orthodontist in North Carolina to receive this designation. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and Southern Association of Orthodontists and the Dental Foundation of North Carolina.

Outside the Office

Dr. Mary Paula pursues her other interests with equal zeal and dedication. She is active in promoting the arts in the Triangle community; and for the past 12 years, Zaytoun Orthodontics has been a major sponsor of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s Elementary School Choral Celebration, an annual event that grows each year. She is an avid art collector, as well as an artist, an excellent golfer and loves to travel.

While a student at the University of Iowa, Dr. Mary Paula met her future husband, Patrick Steele. Pat has his own insurance and financial planning agency with Northwestern Mutual and has specialized in this work since receiving his MBA in 1974. They enjoy playing golf, traveling, and spoiling their many nieces and nephews!

Dr. Zaytoun Steele works out of all 3 locations in Raleigh, Garner and Cary.

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