Hello future Orchin Smiler!
I was born and raised in Minnesota, and feel like I’ve won the lottery by moving back home after spending 11 years in Washington, DC!
My husband, Dr. Andrew M. Orchin, and I packed up the UHAUL and hit the road with our adorable little boys (I know I’m biased), Evan and Alec, just as COVID-19 closed our beloved DC practice, Orchin Orthodontics. It was a planned move, but COVID bumped the date up a bit!
My family of newbie Minnesotans and I LOVE to be outside, and we enjoyed spending the summer in our new Stillwater home swimming and fishing and boating and eating s’mores and of course, swatting those pesky mosquitos! Alec, our youngest, also enjoyed catching his fair share of “cutie pie” froggies and Evan went through an entire set of wheels on his dune racer. I can’t explain how happy I am to be raising them in this beautiful area and am so happy to call Stillwater our forever home.
Originally from Prior Lake, I grew up boating on the St. Croix and Mississippi river and fell in love with Stillwater and the surrounding river valley. I also love that just across the river are my fellow Green Bay Packer fans! (Sorry Vikings fans– it’s in my blood; my uncle used to play for them!)
Orthodontics came to me as a perfect landing spot for me to turn my lemons into lemonade! I have always been “nit-picky” and to say I’m detail-oriented is an understatement. These personality traits are why I will LOVE to help you smile your best smile.
I’m passionate about creating more than straight teeth. I look for facial balance and function as well - teeth have to match the person or you lose optimal esthetics. I know what looks good and will marry that keen esthetic eye with my strong academic background and decades of experience along with my backpack full of creativity to get you what you want! I am also by nature a fixer; I want to help…. to a fault. So, tell me what you think your issues are and let’s work together to get it right for you!
When I look back at my over 20 years of experience, I think maybe my biggest strengths are being a really good listener and an exceptional communicator. I understand there is a real person or a real family I am helping, and that we all have different goals and circumstances. You do you! Let’s work together to figure it out.
Voted Top Orthodontist
All orthodontic specialists have had a long journey to get where we are and have proven that they’re the best of the best.
So, what makes me different? My years of experience as a general dentist provide a unique understanding of the multi-disciplinary team approach to oral health.
My time spent practicing all areas of general dentistry, along with my experience in comprehensive orthodontic treatments, including orthognathic surgeries and cleft lip and palate treatments, allow me to provide a well-rounded perspective to my orthodontic patients.
I’ve been honored in my nine years of practicing orthodontics at Orchin Orthodontics in Washington, DC, to be voted “Top Orthodontist” every year by my dental colleagues and named the “Face of Invisalign” by the Washingtonian magazine.
Continuing education is an important part of providing the best care possible. I was a member of the Schulman Group, an invitation-only group of the country's top orthodontic practices and I ran a Spear Study Club to provide continuing education to my dental colleagues.
If you’ve been told “Invisalign can’t,” we most likely can because experience makes all the difference.
My husband, Dr. Andrew Orchin, and I have treated over 2500 Invisalign patients in Washington, DC, having made us one of only a few single location Diamond providers.
It is very important to remember that it isn't a piece of plastic treating you. Your treatment success relies on the expertise of the doctor in using that piece of plastic.
I am committed to honoring YOU. Your time + your trust + your smile means everything to me.
Education + Experience
If you took a mechanical engineer and a nurse and mushed them together, what would you get? Me!
I was a super-nerd and loved math and physics, but also knew I really wanted to connect with people and help them. The specialty of orthodontics checks all my boxes.
Here’s how I got here:
How I Got Here
I am a member of several local and national professional organizations, including:
+ American Association of Orthodontics
+ American Dental Association
+ MN Dental Association
+ Spear Study Club
+ Women in Orthodontics
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