Meet Dr. B. J. Thomas-Blair

As a native of Clarendon, Jamaica, I am committed to serving Jamaica and our community of Mandeville with the best possible orthodontic care. My passion for meeting people and making a positive impact on their lives is evident in everything I do. I am very caring and compassionate, and I have a great connection with my patients. I am also an attorney-at-law and certified mediator.


Before starting Mandeville Orthodontics, I received many years of education and training. In order to keep up with the latest technologies and give my patients the most up-to-date care possible, I am involved in continuing education.

  • Glenmuir High School – 1981
  • The University of the West Indies, BSc (honors) – 1985
  • Howard University – DDS, 1992
  • Veterans Administration Hospital New Jersey – dental residency, 1993
  • Columbia University – orthodontics certification, 1995
  • University of London – LLB (Hons), 2008
  • Norman Manley Law School – LEC, 2011

Awards and Recognition

In my years of education, I was fortunate enough to be awarded much recognition for excellence that reflects my passion for the field.

  • National Dental Honor Society: Omicron Kappa Upsilon Pi Pi chapter
  • Howard University: valedictorian
  • American Cancer Society Award
  • Northwestern Society of Periodontics Award for Excellence
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy Undergraduate Award
  • Howard University Undergraduate Award for Oral Diagnosis
  • Leroy Palmer Prosthodontics Award
  • Department of Restorative Dentistry Award

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Jamaica Dental Association
  • Columbia University Alumni Association
  • Howard University Alumni
  • American Academy of Forensic Scientists (AAFS) Member
  • World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO) member

Outside the Practice

Over the years, I have formed many trusting and long-lasting relationships with the many wonderful people I have treated and am an active community member. I serve on the school board and executive committees. I sponsor annual summer internships as well as several school and community events, from health fairs to beauty pageants. I also do mediations as a service to our community

I have been married since 1990 and have two children, Janell and William. I enjoy gardening, listening to music, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.