INTRODUCING DR. CHELSEA M. MURPHY!
Growing up, I loved spending Saturday mornings “working” with my dad. He owned a motorcycle shop in my rural Connecticut hometown, so this mostly meant tagging along for the many errands needed to maintain a small business. I always got two lollipops at the bank and he always included me in the conversations – I was delighted and proud to be, (it was obvious to me), a valuable consultant and business partner.
I blame these mornings for the almost instant certainty I felt when introduced to orthodontics, that it would be the right field for me. Which, I know isn’t terribly intuitive, but “working” with my dad proved to be kind of inspiring. He obviously enjoyed getting to know the clients and vendors he frequently worked with and it was fun to see the pride he expressed in earning the community’s trust and coaching a team to provide services they were all proud to have their names on.
I later saw that this field could provide an opportunity to form those same relationships in a way that would have an incredible positive impact on people’s lives. It pulled in creativity, artistry, and design – all things that I loved. To me, it was perfect. And motorcycles weren’t really my thing.
Although not a daredevil, I’ve always been an active type. Growing up, I played all kinds of sports until college brought me to Wake Forest in North Carolina, where I decided I would become a marathon runner. Despite a laughable first attempt at 26.2 miles, I stuck with it and have now completed 9 full marathons! I also love downhill skiing, rooting for my favorite New York sports teams (mostly the Giants, which isn’t always easy) and exploring our city and others while visiting with friends and family.
My orthodontics residency is what brought me to DC. I remember arriving here from Connecticut with my best friend to apartment hunt, excitedly circling the Washington Monument twice before realizing she had punched “Washington, DC” into our navigation ap and not the name of our hotel. It was a silly mistake that made for a grandiose welcome to a city that would quickly become my home. My ability to get around has (thankfully!) greatly improved in the 6 years I’ve spent here, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Residency at Washington Hospital Center also introduced me to Drs. Bailey and Orchin. They had graduated my same training program a few years before me and then been invited to become members of the clinical faculty. Many of my very first patients as an orthodontist were treated directly alongside them. It seemed to me that they enjoyed many of the same aspects of this field that had initially drawn me to it and I was not surprised when many of my treatment philosophies quickly began to mirror theirs.
I am lucky to know them now as both mentors and friends. I feel that my commitment to excellence as an orthodontic provider has been strongly influenced by seeing theirs firsthand and I feel confident that will be obvious to those who have had the "Orchin Experience". I love what I do and am very excited to continue the highest quality orthodontic care that Orchin Orthodontics has come to be known for.
DR. ANDREW M. ORCHIN: GET TO KNOW ME
I’m a third generation Washingtonian: born at the Washington Hospital Center, where I’m now an attending doctor and teacher. Yes, a rare native! I have three sons, Max and Leo, and our new baby Evan!
I’m lucky to be married to a woman who has introduced all of us to the joys and thrills of Minnesota outdoors, including fishing and snowmobiling — both of which we are all getting better at. Dr. Bailey is also a great orthodontist and wonderful partner. Yes, we spend a lot of time together, and love it!
Perhaps due to the fact that I was born and raised in Washington, DC, and have spent almost all my life here, one of my favorite activities is to travel and explore different cultures, places, foods, and people. I have also recently started to explore all types of fishing: deep sea, ice, spear, and fly, which is pretty interesting for a city boy. My sons and I are huge fans of all the local sports teams, and try to attend as many games as we can. Even though they are teenagers now, my boys still like to hang out with their dad every once in a while!
A PASSION FOR ORTHODONTICS
I am passionate about making every patient’s visit to our office the best part of their day. Whether an adult or child, I want every visit to be positive, productive, informative, and fun. With this kind of trust and attitude, we can achieve the results we all want, which are healthy, harmonious, beautiful smiles.
From kids to teens to adults, I love to hear what’s happening in every patient’s life. I want to know what sports teams they follow, what music they like, where they’re from, where they travel, and what they do for work and fun. I love the interest they show in learning the same things about me. Orthodontics is not just about straightening teeth and creating healthy smiles; it’s about relationships.
I’ve been a practicing orthodontist for more than 10 years. My father is a retired, internationally respected orthodontist. He never pushed me into the profession and, in fact, encouraged me to explore the world outside of dentistry before deciding what I wanted to do for a living. I was out of college for five years before I realized I wanted to do what he did: help improve smiles and health for wonderful people!
MY EDUCATION AND COMMITMENT TO CONTINUING EDUCATION
- Bachelor of Arts – American University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Howard University
- Certificate in orthodontics – Children’s National Medical Center
Each year I complete many hours of continuing education through local study clubs. I am a proud member of the invitation-only Schulman Study Group, an awesome group composed of some of the best 125 orthodontic practices in North America. I am also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
In addition, I have been an attending clinical instructor at Washington Hospital Center for many years, so I spend at least one full day a month not only teaching the next generation of orthodontic specialists, but also learning from them.
- American Board of Orthodontics, board certified
- American Association of Orthodontists
- District of Columbia Dental Society
- Schulman Study Group
- Spear Study Club