Christine Stepanek, DDS, MSD
Orthodontics and treating patients is not just a career for Dr. Christine, it is her passion and calling. Having had three rounds of braces that changed her self-confidence and health as a young child, she fell in love with the transformative aspect of her profession as well as the upbeat and welcoming atmosphere that can be incorporated into an orthodontic office. Now, as an orthodontist herself, she aims to treat every patient with respect and kindness, and she strives to create a modern, refreshing environment that children, teens, or adults will look forward to during every one of their visits. Outside of the office walls, Dr. Christine’s career accomplishments include writing and illustrating 3 children’s books pertaining to oral health and braces with her twin sister who is also an orthodontist, developing a novel children’s finger puppet bite block, and presenting at the 11th World Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Congress (ICPF) in China in 2017. Her moto in her own words states, “As your orthodontist, I strive to provide you with exceptional care in a modern, state-of-the-art setting. Together we will explore your wants and needs to ultimately achieve a beautiful and functional smile you will be proud of. I am excited to exceed your expectations for what is possible with your orthodontic care!”
Education and Orthodontic Training
Dr. Christine attended University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for her undergraduate Bachelor’s in Science degree, followed by dental school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Finally, Dr. Christine stayed in San Francisco at UOP for her orthodontic residency, completing her Master of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics attestations.
Outside of the Office
In her free time, you can find Christine riding her bike around Santa Monica with her boyfriend, indulging in restaurants, and exploring Los Angeles with her friends. Originally from the Czech Republic, Christine has a passion for travel, including going back to visit her whole family in Europe.
- Christine is a first generation American and her whole extended family still lives in the Czech Republic in a tiny village which is still her favorite place on Earth.
- Her favorite color is pink.
- Her favorite movie is Slumdog Millionaire.
- Her favorite book is “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
- She enjoys cooking and baking, including her grandma’s famous goulash recipe.