Stephen Kim, DDS, MSD
Having undergone orthodontic treatment himself, Dr. Kim understands firsthand the positive impact a healthy, confident, and beautiful smile can make on someone's life. Practicing orthodontics over the years, Dr. Kim feels privileged to have helped many others receive the same benefits he received as a patient.
Aside from the positive changes created by helping someone achieve a smile of his or her dreams, Dr. Kim enjoys the relational aspect inherent in the orthodontic profession. “I love my profession because of the wonderful people with whom I get to interact on a daily basis. Every patient is unique and very special to me and I enjoy getting to know each patient and his or her family throughout the course of treatment.” He feels truly blessed watching families grow up in front of his eyes and having many patients become life-long friends.
Dr. Kim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from UCLA. He then attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry and graduated among the top of his class with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Following dental school, Dr. Kim completed a General Practice Residency at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and received additional training in treating complex cases within the fields of pediatric dentistry, cosmetic and implant dentistry, and oral surgery. Continuing to pursue his dream of becoming an orthodontist, Dr. Kim then embarked upon the final phase of his education at the University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine. It was there that Dr. Kim studied alongside world leaders in the profession to receive his advanced specialty certification in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. While at the University of Colorado, Dr. Kim's innovative research also earned him a Master of Science (MSD) degree in Dentistry. Throughout the course of his entire education, Dr. Kim has received numerous awards and honors for his academic excellence and superior patient care. Dr. Kim is Board Certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction achieved by only a select few practicing orthodontists.
Dr. Kim demonstrates his commitment to his field and his patients by maintaining active involvement in continuing education courses, study groups, and memberships in numerous professional organizations. Dr. Kim remains on the cutting edge of his profession by staying current on the latest orthodontic research and employing the most effective orthodontic techniques. Dr. Kim's involvement in his specialty extends beyond the doors of the practice- he works both locally and internationally in providing basic health and dental care to impoverished communities. Dr. Kim has pursued humanitarian and philanthropic opportunities in Romania, India, and Mexico, and volunteers his time by providing dental screenings and education to local public schools.
- American Board of Orthodontics, Board-Certified, Diplomate
- College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- California Association of Orthodontists
Dr. Kim was born in Illinois, but has lived most of his life in Southern California. Outside of orthodontics, Dr. Kim enjoys hiking, skiing, surfing, playing guitar, and spending quality time with his family and friends. Dr. Kim is engaged and is having fun wedding planning with his beautiful fiancée, Kirsten. Dr. Kim is very involved with his church and has held numerous leadership positions guiding and mentoring youth.