Dr. McDonald returned to his hometown to attend The University of Washington School of Dentistry, one of the top two dental schools worldwide. During this time his first son and daughter were born. After dental school, Dr. McDonald completed a pediatric residency in San Diego, California. While there he enjoyed using his Spanish daily with his patients, learning how to surf, and building sand castles with his kids. His second daughter was born during residency, bringing him that much closer to his future basketball squad.