My name is Dr. Chip Youngblade. My wife, Barbara, and I have three
children, Caroline, Stephen and Elizabeth. I was born in Pensacola,
Florida, the home of naval aviation, although we didn’t stay there
too long. My dad was a career Navy pilot so we moved quite often,
fourteen moves in nineteen years to different parts of the country
including Florida, Virginia, California and Rhode Island. The moves
could be a little unsettling but it did afford us opportunities
to see different parts of the country.
I graduated high school in Atlantic Beach, Florida and then attended Jacksonville University and graduated with honors while majoring in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I then joined the Navy and became a naval officer through Aviation Officer Candidate School and started flight training. I finished flight training and received my pilot “wings of gold” and went on to fly navy aircraft for six years (P-3 Orion, T-28 Trojan and T-44 Pegasus) including my last year as an instructor. During that time we lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, Brunswick, Maine and Jacksonville, Florida and I deployed to areas such as Iceland, the Azores, Europe and the Caribbean.
Leaving flying behind I attended dental school at the Virginia
Commonwealth University School of Dentistry located in Richmond,
Virginia and graduated with honors at the top of my class and received
my DDS. I then rejoined the Navy and attended a one year general
practice residency at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia.
From there I practiced general dentistry for five years in the
Navy on board the Navy ship USS Guam and at the Little Creek Amphibious
Base in Norfolk, Virginia. I then attended my orthodontic residency
at the Army Orthodontic Residency Program at Fort Meade, Maryland
for two years and graduated at the top of my class with the Certificate
in Orthodontic training.
As an orthodontist I was assigned to the Naval Dental Clinic at Rota, Spain for three years where my duties included being the orthodontic consultant for southwestern Europe. Our family was able to take advantage of being overseas and traveled extensively throughout western Europe and Africa. From there we were assigned to the Naval Dental Clinic in Norfolk, Virginia. Additional duties in Norfolk included the command consultant for orthodontics for the entire Atlantic region. These duties included traveling to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba every eight weeks to provide orthodontics to assigned personnel. I was also involved in teaching orthodontics to over fifty dental residents, eight of which went on to become orthodontists. I retired from the Navy as a Commander in 2000. I was in the private practice of orthodontics in Virginia Beach and Charlottesville, Virginia prior to settling in Dunn, North Carolina in 2003.
I stay active professionally so I can be aware of new innovations in the orthodontic field. I am a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Southern Association of Orthodontists, North Carolina Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society and am an active member in several orthodontic and dental study clubs. I am board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.
My interests outside of work are my family, surfing, jogging, snowboarding and traveling.
Our friendly and experienced team have extensive experience in orthodontics and will be able to answer all questions you may have concerning your orthodontic care.