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 was included in all 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 incredibly 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 7 years I’ve spent here, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Residency at Washington Hospital Center also introduced me to Dr. Jill Bailey and Dr. Andrew Orchin, the former owners and incredible orthodontists for which the practice remains named. They had graduated my same training program a few years before me and afterwards, been invited to join its 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 my treatment philosophies began to mirror theirs.
This is why, when they informed me in 2019 that they would be moving to Dr. Bailey's home state, I knew to say "yes!" to the opportunity to take over their practice; it has been an absolute pleasure to join this community and continue to provide the high quality orthodontic care that Orchin Orthodontics has come to be known for.