Darlene Byrd, DMD, MSD

In tenth grade, I began working in the orthodontic office across the street from my high school. Orthodontics has been part of my life ever since. It is the perfect blend of art, science, and relationships, and it is my dream career. I learn something new every day from my patients, and I strive to make their visits a high point in their day. I cannot imagine any work more fun and rewarding than contributing to the health and well-being of our treasured patients.

Education and Experience

I attended Smith College for my undergraduate education, graduating with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After a year as a research assistant at Tufts Dental School, I continued on to Case Western Reserve University where I earned both my Doctorate of Dental Medicine and Master of Science degree in Dentistry. While a graduate student, I received the American Association of Orthodontics Award and the Faculty Clinic Award for Superior Performance in Patient Care and Orthodontic Technique, and was elected to the National Dental Honor Society. I enjoyed teaching at the dental school and co-authored two research papers before graduation. I am proud to have been practicing orthodontics in the Washington, DC community since 1986.

As a commitment to providing my patients with excellent care, I exceed the required number of continuing education courses every year. I keep current with the latest innovations to help improve results in the most comfortable and efficient manner possible. I also mentor and apprentice new orthodontic graduates and have taught at the Children's National Medical Center Pediatric and Orthodontic Graduate Programs.

Outside the Office

I am originally from Boston, MA and sometimes you will hear the accent that proves it! I have lived in Silver Spring, MD for the past 25 years with my husband, Paul, our two wonderful sons, and an ever changing array of pets. When I have free time, I enjoy water sports, musical theater, gardening, reading, and cooking with and for family and friends.

(202) 686-2108   4110 River Road NW,  Washington, DC 20016
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