Toolson Orthodontics


At Toolson Orthodontics, we believe that everyone deserves a great smile that is beautiful and functional. We strive each day to provide excellent quality orthodontic treatments in an environment that is comfortable, modern, and friendly

Meet Dr. Toolson

Dr. Toolson is a native San Diegan who has enjoyed living and working in Encinitas since 1990. He and his wife Janette are blessed to be the parents of six wonderful children. When he is not in the office he enjoys spending time with his family, water skiing, snow skiing, cycling and playing tennis.

Dr. Toolson attended Brigham Young University where he studied and prepared for dental school. He attended Loyola University School of Dentistry, the same dental school where both his father and grandfather received their DDS degrees. Dr. Toolson graduated at the top of his class with honors from Loyola University and then began his orthodontic residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The orthodontic program at the University of Illinois was the first university affiliated orthodontic program where many of the pioneers of modern orthodontics were trained. At the University of Illinois Dr. Toolson completed an original research project on a Temporomandibular Joint related subject for which he earned a Masters of Science Degree in Orthodontics.

Dr. Toolson is often asked, “Would you do it all over again?” In other words, would he go through all the years of school, exams, expenses, etc in order to become an orthodontist? The answer is, YES! He loves what he does and feels very fortunate to work with so many wonderful people to help create beautiful smiles.


The Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists is a professional organization of orthodontic specialists whose mission is to help its members provide the highest level of care to the public, and supporting the successful practice of orthodontics.

On this site, you can learn about orthodontistsspecialists in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The correction of tooth and jaw alignment results in a healthy, attractive smile that’s good for life.


Patricia Vaccaro

New Patient, Insurance and Financial Coordinator

Hello, I am the treatment coordinator at Toolson Orthodontics. I have worked with Dr. Toolson for over 8 years. I help all clients with insurance and financial information. I love working with families and helping patients feel comfortable in our office. Dr. Toolson is an excellent orthodontist and treats our patients with the greatest care.When I am not at the office I am spending time with my two daughters.

Mayra Leon

Front Office Coordinator

I recently joined Dr. Toolson and his great team. I am excited to work in an office where patients get the best quality of treatment. It is always a pleasure to witness the excitement in our patients when their treatment is complete. I enjoy camping with my family and volunteering as a Girl Scout leader for my daughter's troop.


Sterilization Technician

Hi, my name is Madison! I am the sterilization technician here at Toolson Orthodontics. I am originally from Michigan and have been living in California for over a year now, working in the orthodontic field. I enjoy going to the beach with my husband and playing with our dog Leo in my free time.

Erica Christ

Dental Assistant

I have worked with Dr. Toolson for over 20 years in all aspects of the office. I am proud of the care and quality treatment each one of our patients receives in our relaxed but professional atmosphere. I have two children and enjoy watching their sports events with my husband.


Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Kara! I have learned and grown so much within the orthodontic field through the help of Dr. Toolosn and the rest of his wonderful team. It continues to be an amazing opportunity to watch and see the growth and change of so many patients' smiles. Seeing the joy and happiness, it brings to each patient when they finish treatment makes this field one of the best to be a part of. I enjoy traveling and experiencing new foods!