Ever since I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to be an orthodontist. I had such a wonderful experience being a patient that I knew I wanted to pay it forward and help create wonderful smiles for patients of my own one day.
Orthodontics requires planning for the future, to map out a sequence of intricate movements with the result of a beautiful, healthy smile. My favorite part is the end result, when the braces or attachments come off and all that’s left is a beaming, radiant confident smile.
I treasure those moments and the impact it makes in our patients’ lives. I have wanted to be an orthodontist ever since I was in braces, and I am excited to provide you with the type of care that will inspire you to smile.
Education and Experience
I received my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, where I majored in physiology. Then I attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where I graduated with honors in clinical dentistry. After that, I moved to New York City and completed a general practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center. I was most excited to receive my training in orthodontics at Vanderbilt University, one of the few remaining hospital-based orthodontic programs in the country.
As with most fields, advances in technology are changing the way we practice orthodontics. I enjoy attending continuing education courses so our patients can benefit from the latest innovations in treatment options.
Outside the Office
Originally from Michigan, I have traveled the country to get the most comprehensive orthodontic training. Although my education took me to many different places, the East Coast has always felt like home.
I am happy to be back in the area with the skillset to offer you the highest standard of care. I am what you would call an extrovert and I strive to make my patients’ orthodontic experience fun and relaxed. I am thrilled to be a member of the esteemed Byrdsmiles Orthodontics team and to continue the legacy of creating radiant smiles in the Washington, DC area.
My husband is a native of the DC-area suburbs, and we enjoy taking advantage of all the arts and culture the city has to offer. We have a daughter, Lina, who we are excited to raise in this wonderful area. During my free time, I enjoy yoga, travel, and reading novels. I always have my nose in a book and welcome suggestions on my next read!