Dr. McLaren attended the University of Redlands where he graduated PhiBeta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He received his D.D.S. from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, where he graduated Omicron Kappa Upsilon. After several years of general practice, he received his specialty certificate in Prosthodontics from UCLA School of Dentistry.
Dr. McLaren maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics and esthetic dentistry in which he does all of his own ceramics. He is a professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham Dental School. Co-Director of Biomaterials Division. Co-Director Post Graduate Esthetic Restorative Material Science Masters (3-year) Residency Program. Founder and Director (3-year) Advanced Ceramics and Digital Technology for Technicians Program. Also, Founder and Director of (1-year) Esthetic and Restorative Fellowship. He is the former director of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry, a full time didactic and clinical program for graduate dentists. He is also the former founder and director of the UCLA school for Esthetic Dental design. The school is a full time program for dental technicians featuring extensive experience with the newest esthetic restorative systems. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Oregon Dental School.
Dr. McLaren is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontists, International College of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, International Society of Dental Ceramics, International Association of Dental Research, American Association of Dental Research, American Dental Association, and the California Dental Association.
Dr. McLaren is actively involved in many areas of prosthodontic and materials research and has published several articles. He is performing ongoing clinical research on various restorative systems. He has presented numerous lectures, hands-on clinics and postgraduate courses on ceramics and esthetics across the nation and internationally.