Founder & Orthodontist

Dr. Kristy Chung

"I came up with Orthomom based on the insight that as a mother and orthodontist myself, I understand that mom's want the best for their children.

At Orthomom that is what we strive for, the best!"

Dr. Kristy 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. She is often found hiking, jogging, and simply sitting at her favorite café to read orthodontic 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)

Achievements & 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 & 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 Koreans

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

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