Meet Dr. Kristy Chung

The Orthomom Philosophy

I came up with the name Orthomom, based on an insight that the decision-maker on which orthodontist to patronize is usually the mother. I wanted to come up with a name that moms can feel connected to and feel they have an empathetic person who understands what it means to be a mom. As a mother myself, “Orthomom” symbolizes the fact that mothers know how other mothers feel; and being both a mom and an orthodontist myself, the “decision-makers” (i.e., moms of children) can trust me with their most prized possessions (their children and family!).

About the Doctor

Dr. Chung was raised in Arcadia, a suburban city near Los Angeles. Her ties to the Bay Area stretch back to when she attended the University of California, Berkeley for an undergraduate degree, and the University of California, San Francisco, for her residency training in orthodontics. She worked at Children’s Hospital and La Clinica De La Raza in Oakland for several years, helping to make orthodontics and health care attainable to those in need.

Dr. Chung completed her dental studies from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She was exposed to the academic curriculum of Harvard Medical School for the first two years and benefited from the research facilities and academic resources at the Harvard Medical Campus. Since graduating, she continues to attend seminars and conferences hosted by the American Association of Orthodontists, as well as regional, national, and international orthodontic societies.

Dr. Chung lives in Los Altos with her husband, Eugene, and their son Ethan. Outside of her work, she spends her free time taking Ethan from one activity to another in her minivan and being involved with his school activities. Dr. Chung’s personal hobbies include hiking, jogging, and simply sitting at her favorite café to read journals and The New York Times.


  • Bachelors of Science, Molecular Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley (1996)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Harvard School of Dental Medicine (2001)
  • Masters of Science, Craniofacial Biology, University of California, San Francisco (2004)
  • Orthodontic Residency Training, University of California, San Francisco (2004)

Professional Affiliations

  • Harvard Dental Alumni Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • California Association of Orthodontists
  • University of California, San Francisco Orthodontic Alumni Association

Achievements and Awards

  • Thomas M. Graber Award of Special Merit, AAO 105th Annual Session, San Francisco, CA
  • The 1st Resident Clinician Scholars Award
  • NIH/NIDCR grants: research fellowships for women and minorities
  • Harvard Medical School Academic Societies’ Committee research fellowship
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation Student Research Training Award  
  • National Science Foundation fellowship: Summer Institute Research
  • Harvard Medical School Academic Societies’ Committee International Programs Award

Research Involvement and Publications

  • The Role of Female Reproductive Hormones in the Etiopathogenesis of TMJ Disease (graduate thesis study)              
  • Comparison between Native Korean and Korean-American in Perception of Faces
  • Influence of Age and Estrogen Status on Implant Osseointegration
  • Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transformation in Cleft Lip Syndrome
  • Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices of Oral Health among Korean
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