Meet Dr. Howell

Dr. Emily F. Howell was born and raised in Cornelia, Georgia where she wore braces and realized that being an orthodontist was exactly what she wanted to do with her life! One of the main reasons Dr. Howell was drawn to this career path was the fulfillment of seeing not only a patient's smile greatly improve but, more importantly, their self-esteem and confidence as well. In an attempt to obtain scholarships for several years of dental school, Dr. Howell sought after and won the title of Miss Georgia and went on to compete in the Miss America Pageant.

As Miss Georgia, she took one year off from dental school to travel throughout the state, promoting her platform, "Connecting Character to Careers." This program was created by Dr. Howell to inspire leaders to help instill positive character traits in children. Today, she continues to strive to be a positive role model to her patients and speaks at many local youth and business gatherings. Dr. Howell and her team genuinely care about each patient and love getting to know their patients on a more personal level so they can relate to them better. Dr. Howell started Howell Orthodontics in 2007 and recently opened a new larger facility at 85 Memorial Drive in Jefferson. Dr. Howell and her husband, Jon, are proud parents of their daughters, Georgie and Lucy!  They all love and enjoy spending time with their sweet dog, Beauty!


  • Habersham Central High School- Valedictorian
  • University of Georgia- BBA Degree in Management Information Systems and Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors
  • Medical College of Georgia-Doctorate of Dental Medicine Degree and Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Continuing Education

Dr. Howell is constantly learning better ways to treat her patients through various continuing education courses. She often travels quite a distance to hear the very best speakers and researchers present orthodontic topics. In addition, she spends a lot of time taking online courses that pertain to her specialty. Every day, she wants to aim to be a better orthodontist than she was the day before. She strongly believes that her patients deserve no less!

Professional Associations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Past Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • Georgia Dental Association
  • Georgia Association of Orthodontists
  • Georgia Ladies of Orthodontics Study Club
  • 3M Unitek Smart Clip of Georgia Study Club
  • Past President of Clarke County Dental Society

In the Community

  • First Baptist Church of Jefferson - Personnel and Children's Nursery Committees
  • First Baptist Church Youth Sunday School teacher 2009-2017 and teacher for Adult One class 2017-2021
  • First Baptist Church WMU Salt and Light group leader
  • Partner in Education with all Jefferson City Schools, JCCHS, East Jackson Middle, Commerce Primary and Banks County Primary and Elementary Schools
  • School Council at Jefferson Elementary, Jefferson Academy and Jefferson High School
  • Jefferson Rotary Club-active member since 2008
  • Wellspring Camp (for handicapped individuals) Board of Directors 2009-2014
  • Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Executive Committee 2012-2014
  • Leadership Jackson Class of 2009
  • Leadership Georgia Class of 2011
  • Leadership Georgia Class of 2013 Program Chair
  • Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Women In Business member
  • Member of Advocacy Board for ESP (Extra Special People) 2016-Present
  • Member of the JHS Work Based Learning Advisory Committee 2017- Present
  • UCBI Community Advisory Board Member

Honors and Awards:

  • Named 2011 Business Woman of the Year by Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Named in 2014, 2015, and 2016 Bulldog Top 100 (fastest growing businesses in US owned by a UGA graduate)
  • Named for 2014 and 2015 Readers Choice Award for "Best Orthodontist in Jackson County" by the Jackson Herald, Commerce News, and Braselton News
  • Received Rotary 2015 Lee Arrendale Award for Service through Vocational Excellence
  • Selected as one of University of Georgia's "40 Under 40" Class of 2015
  • Selected as 2016 "Small Business of the Year" by Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Selected by Benco Dental’s Incisal Edge magazine as one of 2018 “Top 40 Under 40” best dentists in America
  • Honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International
  • Featured and published in the January/Februay 2021 issue of Orthotown, a national orthodontic magazine
  • Named 2021 recipient of the Habersham Central High School Lifetime Achievement Award
  • CTAE Business Partner of the Month Feburary 2022

Outside the Office

Dr. Howell currently resides in Jefferson with her husband, Jon, and their daughters Georgie and Lucy, and their Brittany Spaniel Beauty. She enjoys spending time with her family, working out, listening to all types of music, singing, playing the piano, watching college football, traveling and painting art. 

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