About the Doctors

Dr. Michael Payne


Dr. Payne was born and raised in Boise. He had braces as a gawky tween, and really saw thePayneEdited value of a good smile. Apparently, so did Jennifer Swain, a high school classmate, because they started dating shortly after meeting. 

Following high school, Dr. Payne served a mission for his church in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He then finished college at Brigham Young University with honors in Mechanical Engineering. After finishing near the top of his class in dental school in Portland, Oregon and completing an orthodontic residency in Richmond, Virginia, the Payne's decided to go back to their roots. Orthodontics at BridgeTower was opened in 2004.

Dr. Payne married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, in 1994 and they are the proud parents of two daughters and a son (can you guess which are the twins?). His hobbies include tennis, skiing, golf, vacationing, baking, and mountain-biking. Dr. Payne and his family are very happy to be home here in Meridian.

Dr. Jason Porter


“I love the positive impact that I can have in patients’ lives as their orthodontist.  I am grateful that patients trust me with their smiles and I try every day to exceed their expectations.  I truly believe that the time creating their smile should be an amazing experience and the result should be jaw dropping. Patients here are the best and I am so lucky to call them friends and help create their beautiful, stable smiles!”

Education & ExperiencePorterEdited Dr. Porter is a Treasure Valley native and graduated from Borah High School. He loves his home town and all the amazing people who call it home! He served a mission for his church in Southern Germany and Austria and speaks fluent German (Wunderbar!). He graduated top of his class from Brigham Young University with a 4.00 GPA in Physiology and Developmental Biology (and was the Ultimate Frisbee Champion!) After finishing at the top of his class (again!) at Creighton University Dental School, he completed an orthodontic residency in Richmond, Virginia (same residency as Dr. Payne!).

Leader in the Orthodontic Profession Dr. Porter was chosen and recognized  by the American Association of Orthodontists as an Emerging Leader. He is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists Practice Management Editorial Board. He has been taught by leaders in the field of orthodontic treatment using Invisalign. He has performed cutting edge scientific research on digital scanning technology that eliminates the need for traditional, uncomfortable, goopy dental impressions.

Outside the Office Outside the office, you are most likely to find Dr. Porter spending time with his family, exploring the outdoors, playing/watching baseball, or enjoying music.  His wife Kortney and his two fun, and happy daughters are the light of his life.  His daughters’ dance skills are off the chart – dance parties are a nightly occurrence at the Porter’s house!  As a native of the Boise area he also enjoys rafting the amazing rivers in the area, mountain biking in the foothills, and visiting his happy place (McCall, ID).   When he has a quiet moment he likes to compose piano music, attend concerts (bands and choir), or just listen to good music (so if you have any recommendations make sure you let him know)!