ALPAN ORTHODONTICS

Michelle Stepanek, DDS, MSD

Dr. Michelle Stepanek is a dedicated Orthodontist who specializes in Braces and Invisalign for children, teens and adults. Having strived to become an orthodontist since she was 11 years old, Dr. Michelle is not only passionate about crafting beautiful smiles, but she is also committed to creating a personalized, attentive patient experience for every person that steps through the door. In her own words, “Creating a beautiful, straight smile is a work of art, and I promise to be the artist of your dreams! Together we will find the best approach for your treatment that will be tailored to your wants and needs. My goal is to provide you with a functioning bite as well as an esthetic smile that others will admire!” In addition to serving patients in the office, Dr. Michelle has co-written and co-illustrated 3 children’s books on oral health education, orthodontics and cleft lip and palate, as well as patented a novel children’s finger puppet bite block.

Education and Orthodontic Training

Dr. Michelle earned her undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles  (UCLA). After gaining her Bachelor in Science degree at UCLA, she attended dental school at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (UOP) in San Francisco for her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree where she graduated top of her class!  She continued her studies at UOP, gaining her Master of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics at the residency program.

Outside of the Office

Dr. Michelle loves living in Santa Monica where she spends time at the beach, explores new restaurants, and goes on hikes with her boyfriend. She is also an avid traveler and loves visiting her family in the Czech Republic at least once a year among other countries abroad.

Fun Facts!
  • Michelle’s first language was Czech! She has strong roots in the Czech Republic, where both her mother and father are from.
  • She played lacrosse and ran cross country in high school and continues to love running and being outside to this day.
  • Her favorite color is yellow.
  • Her favorite movie is Wicker Park.
  • Her favorite book is “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi.