DR. JILL M. BAILEY: GET TO KNOW ME
Born in 1974 to a nurse and a mechanical engineer in Minnesota, with an older brother who is also a mechanical engineer, I think I was genetically predisposed to become an orthodontist. I grew up loving math, biology, and physics, and taking care of people, which is essentially the definition of orthodontics! I promise I will take excellent care of you.
I graduated from dental school in 2000, and then practiced as a general dentist is Minnesota for eight years prior to deciding to specialize in orthodontics right here in DC. After two additional years in residency at Washington Hospital Center, where I now serve on the faculty, this small-town girl officially transitioned to life in the big city. Dr. Orchin and I were married in 2013, and our blended family consists of his children and my beloved 14.5-year-old German Shepherd, Roxy.
When I’m not working, I’m constantly moving. I adore dogs, and am passionate about dog rescue programs. I cherish every minute I have left with my sweet Roxy. I also work out, and you may find it interesting (and surprising after you meet me) that my cousins are World Power Lifting champions and have competed in Strongman competitions, and my uncle was a Green Bay Packer in the first two Super Bowls! (Sorry, but I am a Packers fan!)
I love to cook, including homemade pizza dough, bagels, and pasta. I enjoy scuba diving, fishing, snow and water skiing, traveling, and losing myself in a good book. Oh, and I’m a bit of a fearless adventure seeker!
A PASSION FOR ORTHODONTICS
I live and breathe orthodontics. Being married to Dr. Orchin, it is rare for us not be “talking teeth.” I love what I do and continue to set ever higher standards for myself and our practice. I enjoy working with different patient personalities, lifestyles, and goals. No two patients are the same, and with every visit I get to use my creativity to marry the science and artistry into delivering their unique treatment. It keeps me challenged and inspired.
I am a perfectionist. With 10 years of general dentistry experience prior to becoming a specialist in orthodontics, I understand the short- and long-term effects of a healthy, well-balanced mouth. I work hard to design beautiful smiles that match faces, with close attention to a healthy, functional, protective bite. It’s all in the details.
I love making my patients happy. That’s what it is all about for me: it’s my job to make people smile, while making that smile stunning. I want to be a bright spot in their day. If I can make a child laugh, a teenager grin, or an adult’s day a little brighter, it brings me great happiness.
Patients end their treatment with amazing and healthy smiles I know will last them a lifetime (if they wear their retainers!), due to the attention that has been given to function and balance. I hope that I am a positive influence for all my patients: in my attitude, unwavering commitment to excellence and honesty, and a sprinkling of Minnesota-nice humor.
MY EDUCATION AND COMMITMENT TO CONTINUING EDUCATION
- Undergraduate degree – University of Minnesota
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Minnesota
- Orthodontic specialist training – Washington Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center
I’m active in numerous, ongoing continuing education programs. I co-lead the the Spear Study Club and am on the specialist advisory board of the Seattle Study Club. These are both groups of dentists and specialists in the local area who work together to develop better communication and treatment planning, and continually raise the bar to provide our patients with the best outcomes. I’m also a proud member of the Schulman Study Group, which is a national study club, by invitation only, of the top 125 practices in the country.
General dentists and specialists each have an exceptional vision in their own area. It is critical, when treating patients, that we have excellent communication and a greater depth of understanding of the other team members and what they can do. When we work together, with a shared vision, the patient wins!
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- District of Columbia Dental Society
- Schulman Study Group
- Seattle Study Club: Greater Washington Academy of Dental Studies Specialist Advisory Board
- Spear Study Club
- Maimonides Dental Society
the difference is clear