Selecting an orthodontic practice is an important decision. Our clerical and clinical staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and one of the most experienced orthodontic staffs in the area. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality treatment and ensure your orthodontic experience to be as stress-free as possible. At Allegany Orthodontics, PC, we are proud to be the practice that patients of all ages in LaVale, McCoole, and Oakland, MD trust to provide orthodontic care.
“During all my office visits at Allegany Orthodontics, I feel like I’m hanging out with a bunch of friends I’ve known for my whole life. The staff is awesome.”Drew S.
Get to Know Our Office
You can rest assured that you will receive the highest standard of orthodontic care at Allegany Orthodontics, PC! Here, you will experience a friendly, comfortable office where you can feel right at home, whether you are in the waiting room or in the orthodontic chair. We specialize in all types of orthodontic treatment for children, adolescents and adults. We use state-of-the-art appliances such as miniature metal, ceramic, and gold braces, ClearCorrect® clear aligners, and modern lighter wires that make treatment as efficient and comfortable as possible. We use digital X-rays and digital imaging in making initial records that allow us to plan your treatment in the most comprehensive manner. Our caring, knowledgeable team will discuss your treatment plan with you on an individual basis with plenty of opportunity for questions and explanations. We are OSHA compliant with all aspects of sterilization. All of this allows us to deliver the highest quality orthodontic treatment in a caring environment.
Orthodontic Experts You Can Trust to Help You Improve Your Smile
Meet Dr. Jim SnodgrassDr. Snodgrass graduated cum laude from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1985. He completed a General Practice Residency in Hartford, CT at St. Francis Hospital in 1986, and then was in private practice as a general dentist for five years in Sharon, CT. In 1990 he began his two-year Graduate Orthodontic Residency at the State University of Buffalo. Upon completion, he had a very successful orthodontic practice at the Guthrie Clinic and Medical Center in Sayre, PA for 12 years, where he served as the Chief of the Orthodontic Department for the last nine of those years.
In 2003 Dr. Snodgrass was asked to relocate his family to Cumberland, and join Dr. McLuckie in practice. He is an active member of the Allegany / Garrett County Dental Society. Dr. Snodgrass is also a member of the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the American Dental Association. He prides himself on staying current with all aspects of orthodontic treatment through regular continuing education and journal research.
Meet Dr. Valerie Ryan
Dr. Valerie Ryan is a native of Cumberland, MD and graduated from Bishop Walsh High School in 2005. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Ryan then attended the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2009. During her four years in Baltimore, Dr. Ryan was inducted into the Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society. After dental school, she completed her three-year residency program at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, earning her Orthodontics specialty certificate and a Masters’ of Science degree in Orthodontics. She holds active memberships in the American Dental Association and Maryland State chapter, as well as the American Association of Orthodontics, Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontics, and the local Allegany Garrett Dental Society. She is familiar with the use of several types of orthodontic appliances and maintains certification in the Invisalign and Harmony Invisible lingual orthodontic systems. In addition to providing care to patients at our three local offices, Dr. Ryan also volunteers her time and services to the Orofacial team of The Children’s League Cumberland Cleft Clinic which provides free services to local cleft lip/palate children.
Valerie lives in Cumberland with her husband, Dr. Matthew Ryan, who is a physical therapist at Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center. In addition to spending time with family and friends, she enjoys cooking and traveling. She is excited to be back in the neighborhood—this time as a member of the Allegany Orthodontics team! Dr. Ryan looks forward to seeing both new and familiar faces while she and Dr. Snodgrass work together to create beautiful smiles!