“Dr. Kim,” as she prefers to be called, was born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay, where her family maintained a small farm with two horses she loved to ride.
She studied biology while working as a dental assistant at UC Santa Barbara before moving east and receiving her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Kim completed a one-year general practice residency at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she learned to manage patients with special behavioral and medical needs and realized her passion for working with children and adolescents.
She pursued a two-year pediatric dentistry specialty training program at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan, New York.
Since moving back to sunny California (for good!), Dr. Kim has become very involved in organized dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Napa Solano Dental Society, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American and California Academy of Pediatrics. She also serves on the board of directors for the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry and as chair for the Patient Safety Committee and liaison for the California Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Kim is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and maintains her Basic and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certifications, like Dr. Rochelle.
Dr. Kim lives in Napa with her husband, Dr. Jeff of American Canyon Orthodontics. They have a very energetic puppy named Lula who they often take for hikes and runs.
In her spare time, Dr. Kim enjoys participating in community and global health mission trips. She has provided dental services in Guatemala, Cambodia, Peru, Cabo Verde, Belize, and Haiti so far. She loves Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, all things animal, traveling, distance running, biking, hiking, roller coasters, and playing with her nieces Ada and Maris.