Dr. Sparks is truly a proud West Virginian and an avid Mountaineer fan. Just walk into his St. Albans office and you will have no doubt where his sport loyalties lie – it is decorated from ceiling to floor in everything WVU. Beyond his love for his home state and alma mater, Dr. Sparks is even more proud to be a daddy to three gorgeous children and husband to the world’s most amazing wife and mother, Jade. Nothing gives him more joy than playing on the trampoline with his oldest son, Logan; pretending to defend himself from his middle son’s, Noah, karate moves; and taking his baby girl, Lily, on walks to find bugs. It is clear that Dr. Sparks’ family is his life and his true happiness is the relationships he has with the many amazing members of the Charleston/St. Albans community.
Dr. Sparks was born and raised in St. Albans, WV, where he graduated from St. Albans High School in 2002. He then headed to West Virginia Wesleyan College where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in just three years, allowing him to fast track his goal of becoming an orthodontist. While in dental school, Dr. Sparks received a number of honors including “Top Graduate Class of 2009,” graduating Valedictorian from West Virginia University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He then continued his education by studying orthodontics at West Virginia University where he received his certificate and a Master’s of Science degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 2012. Besides conventional braces, Dr. Sparks has special interest and training in cleft-lip/palate treatment, habit appliances, and Invisalign.
He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics after successfully completing all phases of the ABO certification exam in 2012. In fact, Dr. Sparks is one of only eight board certified orthodontists in West Virginia and the only one in the Charleston/St. Albans area. Following this tremendous achievement, he was asked to serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Orthodontics at WVU School of Dentistry where he teaches residents the necessary skills to become an orthodontist.
Dr. Sparks has become involved in many professional Orthodontic and Dental Organizations. He is a member of the American Board of Orthodontics, the American Association of Orthodontics, the Southern Association of Orthodontics, the West Virginia Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Kanawha Valley Dental Society. He enjoys being an active member in his community and volunteers with many organizations. When asked about his volunteer work in the community, Dr. Sparks stated he took “great pride in helping support a community that supported him growing up by offering scholarships, rewarding community service, and helping with charitable fundraising efforts.” Having grown up in good ol’ St. Albans, WV, Dr. Sparks certainly has that “hometown pride” and is thrilled to be able to give back to the community where he was born and raised!