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Meet Our Board-Certified Orthodontists in Holladay

M. Blake Hillstead, DDS, DHSc

Hi! My name is Blake Hillstead. I was born in Seattle, Washington and am the youngest of five children.

When I was in middle school, my family had the opportunity to relocate to Sandy, Utah where I attended Albion Middle School and eventually Brighton High School. I was fortunate to represent Brighton High School at leadership and academic conferences during my high school years. I also served as the captain of the Brighton soccer team and was honored to win two 5-A State Championships with them. Go Bengals!

I attended BYU in Provo prior to serving a two year LDS mission in India and Nepal. It was while living in India that I began to see that no matter where you are in the world, a smile speaks a thousand words. Upon my return to BYU, I narrowed my focus and began to pursue a future in dentistry.

While at BYU I started dating my future wife, Alison. Ali and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Seattle but as kids had no idea that we would end up husband and wife nearly 15 years later. Ali is a dental hygienist and it’s safe to say, we both like teeth!

I was accepted into the University of Washington School of Dentistry where I served as President of the Student Dental Association and, for the first time, underwent orthodontic treatment for myself. While wearing braces, I saw firsthand what orthodontics was really about. Having straight teeth improved my confidence and self-image and I wanted to make a difference in the smiles and confidence of others. I decided to specialize in orthodontics and never looked back.

I completed my orthodontic residency at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. During residency I was trained in the latest orthodontic techniques, and was mentored by some of the finest orthodontists in the Phoenix valley. I served as Chief Resident of my class and focused my research on oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment.

After nearly 11 years of schooling, I finally graduated and purchased a practice near Sedona Arizona. We loved the beautiful red rocks of northern Arizona; however, Utah always called to us. After three years near Sedona, we were thrilled when we had the opportunity to return to the mountains.

Our family has grown over the years. Ali and I now have four beautiful children, Paige, Brynn, Ryan and Charlotte. As a family we love to play games, go hiking and play on the beach. We also love to travel and explore all that Utah has to offer.

I am Invisalign Certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Being a “board certified” orthodontist means I have demonstrated to the American Board of Orthodontics that I have the skills and knowledge required to provide my patients with the highest level of care. This is a voluntary process that takes dozens of hours to complete and one which few orthodontists attain. I am also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association.

I am excited for the opportunity to care for our wonderful patients at Holladay Orthodontics. Our amazing staff has over 75 years of orthodontic experience and we are committed to providing you and your family and friends the best orthodontic experience possible. You can feel confident that you are in caring and capable hands. I look forward to meeting you and discussing ways that we can give you the best smile possible.


Paul M. Broadwater, DDS, MS

Dr. Broadwater is one of the most experienced and caring board-certified orthodontists in the Salt Lake Valley. His wealth of experience has made Holladay Orthodontics THE office to receive your orthodontic treatment in the Salt Lake City community. He has been creating absolutely awesome smiles for nearly 30 years.  His impeccable results come from his attention to detail in every smile. He is unconditionally committed to providing the highest level of excellence using state-of-the-art equipment and treatment techniques. His goal is to make your orthodontic experience the best health care experience you will ever receive.  Born and raised in Salt Lake City, he earned his degrees in medical biology and psychology from the University of Utah graduating magna cum laude. He earned his D.D.S. degree from Northwestern University Dental School graduating at the top of his class. Following dental school, he completed his orthodontic residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, earning an MS degree and an Orthodontic Specialty Certificate.  Having recently served as the President of the Utah Association of Orthodontists, he knows all of the orthodontists in Utah.


"When I attended the University of Utah, I worked for an orthodontist in the afternoons. The work place environment suited my personality perfectly and I loved the before and after results of the orthodontic treatment.  I want my patients to have that same great experience in an environment where they feel comfortable and loved as part of our orthodontic family.  We show them how much we genuinely care for them at every appointment."

"When we moved to Chicago for Northwestern Dental School, we were dental students by day and slumlords at night. Living in a tough neighborhood  provided many memorable family experiences. It was quite different than growing up in Utah.  We were robbed four times and burglarized on numerous occasions but during those years we made great friends and started our family.  Following dental school, I decided to stay in Chicago and completed an orthodontic residency.  Overall, I received excellent training at Northwestern and the University of Chicago, but also learned alot about life living in that neighborhood."


Dr. Broadwater met his beautiful wife Cherie while sitting behind her in the 7th grade. He tormented her for the whole school year and shares this story with every teenager that he treats. After 7th grade, it took him ten years to make up to her and convince her that he was the one for her.  They loved each other from the start and married ten years later.  They have three daughters,  two sons-in-law and six grandchildren under five years old.  They all moved back into Dr. Broadwater's home this past summer after living out of state for many years. Heidi married Matthew Maxfield.  After living away for ten years, Matthew just completed his Oral Surgery residency at Virginia Commonwealth University and they moved back to Salt Lake this past summer to begin practice.  Emily married Tyler Waltman.  They lived in London for five years and recently returned to Salt Lake where Tyler got a new job with a local law firm.  Betsy recently returned from South America where she was serving a church mission in Uruguay and completed her degree at BYU.

"It was quite the summer of chaos as we went from being empty nesters for five years to having 13 people (six under 5 years old) move back into our home but we would not have had it any other way. When your grandkids live away for so long, Skype can only do so much, so it was a new adventure every day as everybody moved back in.  With two Kindergarten boys, it was like a two man wrecking ball.  They came up with the word "Bruzzins" to describe their relationship as brothers and cousins.  The three year old girl cousins were adorable and the two infants were receiving all the attention."

"We are outdoor enthusiasts. Our family spends alot of time together as we enjoy water and snow sports.  We had the Kindergarten boys learning to water ski this summer and enjoy hiking and biking in the Utah mountains."


Thank you for choosing Dr. Broadwater as your Salt Lake City orthodontist. He is one of the most experienced orthodontists in the Salt Lake Valley and you won't be disappointed in the level of care you receive.  He is well respected by his peers for treating many of the most complex cases.  He is also known for treating many of the children of your local family dentists.  They can send their children anywhere, but choose Dr. Broadwater's office because they are well aware of the excellent results. The Utah Jazz team dentist, Dr. J. C. Cheney is quoted as saying that, " I have never seen less than a perfect result come out of Dr. Broadwater's orthodontic office." Please feel free to fill out an appointment request form online and contact us with any questions that you may have prior to your first visit.  We look forward to meeting you soon.


Awarded Diplomate Status by the American Board of Orthodontics


Dr Hillstead and his staff are by far the best around. They are friendly and explained all of the available options. The office is clean and conveniently located. They use the latest technology and treat you right. I couldn't recommend them more highly.

Brett F.

My experience with Holladay Orthodontics was excellent! The staff were very kind and friendly. Dr. Broadwater did a great job in straightening my teeth. I would highly recommend Holladay Orthodontics

Katie S.

We love staff and Dr. Broadwater. They were always willing to work with us and our needs. My daughter's smile turned out amazing. It was really easy for my daughter to get appointments on her own. They were always prompt when we arrived for our appointments. We were never there longer than we expected to be. Fun incentives, and we enjoyed the Christmas movie for Patient Appreciation Day.

Alexa O.

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