Dr. Jason Bourne has become a fixture in the community
Just over 10 years ago, Jason Bourne graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after completing his undergraduate and dental degree at the University of Washington.
Bourne, who grew up in Woodinville, wanted to head back to his roots in Western Washington and found that there was an orthodontist who was selling his practice in Lake Stevens and Marysville. Bourne took a look at the practice and at the cities and decided that this was the right choice for him and his growing family.
After years of schooling Bourne decided that he wanted to become an orthodontist to help people with their smiles.
“I love the fact that I can take what nature gives people and make it better rather than pulling teeth. Dentistry allows you to only remove or restore,” he said. “Nothing is better than creating new smiles.”
Bourne opened his doors for business in Lake Stevens on October 12, 2003 and since then he and his staff has become an integral part of the Lake Stevens community. They have also helped create and contour new smiles for over four thousand patients over the years.
“This community really takes care of each other,” Bourne said. “This community has great schools, good families and the beautiful lake. It’s pretty unique.”
Bourne knew that he didn’t just want to own a business in town, he wanted to get involved and he has done just that. Over the last decade Bourne has sponsored almost every type of sports team that can be found in Lake Stevens, everything from peewee football, to volleyball to baseball, soccer, wrestling and beyond.
Bourne’s Candy Buy Back Program was one of the first community service events he held when he opened his practice. Each year Bourne and his staff “buy back” Halloween candy from kids in the community and pays them $2 a pound. He also puts another $2 a pound back into the community and sends the candy all over the world to those actively serving in the military and to third world countries through missionaries.
“I wanted to get something started in the community right away,” Bourne explained when talking about his buy back program. “The first year we collected 125 pounds of candy, I think the biggest year we took in almost 2,000 pounds of candy.”
Bourne will once again be hosting his candy buy back program this year.
Now the candy goes not only to the military and to missionaries but also the Cancer Care Alliance to help those going through cancer treatment.
“This community has allowed me to have my success and I like to give back. It’s kind of my responsibility to help others out,” he said.
This past August, Bourne Orthodontics started their Movie in the Park and had almost 400 people show up. Dr. Bourne and his staff passed out free popcorn and water and offered the movie at no charge. This is an event they plan to continue for years to come.
“We are definitely going to keep doing it,” Bourne said.
Bourne married his high school sweetheart Danica and the two have three kids ages 11, 8 and 5 and they live in Mukilteo. But Lake Stevens is his home away from home.
They love camping, soccer and taking family boat trips and skiing every winter.
Dr. Bourne and his staff are always welcoming and friendly but there are a few things you probably didn’t know about him.
First of all, he hates shaving but he loves mowing the lawn. If the orthodontic thing didn’t work out he could have been a professional landscaper. He also enjoys fishing.
“I salmon fish in the Sound every chance I get,” he said.
The great news is that Dr. Bourne and Bourne Orthodontics is here to stay for a long while.
“I’m not going anywhere until after my kids are out of college. Actually, this community might have to pull me away,” Bourne said. “I just appreciate everybody trusting me with taking care of their smiles. I plan on taking good care of everyone who will let me.”