As an orthodontist, I care for children and young adults who need braces, including those who need jaw surgery, and those with cleft lip and palate or craniofacial syndromes.
Orthodontic treatment generally takes about two years, and I get to see each patient about once a month. With each visit, I enjoy getting to know them better and learning about their hobbies, schools and pets.
When I was born in a small town in China, there was no access to good orthodontic treatment. This inspired me to provide the best orthodontic service to any child who needs braces. It is very fulfilling to bring a great smile to children and know this helps them be more confident in their lives.
I’m proud to have published 20 papers, including eight first-author articles in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of bone and dental research. My goal is to provide the best service possible to each patient and their family. When working with a patient, I care not only for their teeth but their whole well-being. I try to understand the expectations of each family and do my best to work with them to accomplish their goals.
In my research, I am working on understanding the mechanisms underlying craniofacial development and tooth development. I’m also interested in exploring the best treatment methods for patients with cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial disease.
During my free time, I love being with my husband and son. We enjoy cooking, baking and going hiking with our dog Cookie Dough. We also like exploring farmer’s markets in different places.
Craniofacial development; bone biology; tooth root development; tissue engineering
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Dentistry and Orthodontics