These HBCU Grads Are Owners Of The First Mother-Daughter Orthodontics Practice In Michigan


March 31, 2021

They’re the first, but they won’t be the last!

A pair of Metro Detroit doctors own the first mother-daughter orthodontics practice in the state, AfroTech reports.


Doctors Jana and Janelle McQueen own and operate McQueen Orthodontics SpecialistsDr. Jana opened her first practice in 1998 when daughter Janelle was still a baby. After years of watching her mother, Janelle decided to follow in her footsteps. Both mom and daughter are graduates of Howard University and Meharry Medical College; they both graduated at the top of their class. Now, they own three orthodontics offices across the Metro Detroit region.

Dr. Jana spoke to reporters about the significance of operating her practices with her daughter, saying, “I didn’t ask her to do this. It just warms my heart to have her as my legacy; the comfort of knowing once I decide to retire, the practice is going to be in good hands.”


The two are working to help other women professionals navigate the industry while offering mentorship and job shadow opportunities. Dr. Janelle said that their story is inspiring women everywhere. 

“Especially the Black mothers that come in here and they’re bringing their daughters in here, they’re like, ‘Oh look at this; look, the mom and daughter are doing this; she’s a doctor, you can achieve this goal,’” she said. 




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McQueen Orthodontics Specialists currently has locations in Dearborn, Southfield, and Clinton Township.


Photo Courtesy of Facebook/Michigan Orthodontic Specialists

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