Kristine S. West, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Kristine S. West is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 1988. After graduation she moved to Chicago, where she attended Northwestern University Dental School, graduating first in her class. During dental school, Dr. West was honored to receive the Alpha Omega Scholar Award, the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence and the Delta Sigma Delta Achievement Award. She then went on to complete her orthodontic specialty training and Master of Science degree in Orthodontics at the top-ranked University of Michigan Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Her published master’s thesis focused on long-term facial growth into adulthood.

Immediately upon graduation from the orthodontic residency in 1995, Dr. West was invited to join the faculty at the University of Michigan and has been a part-time educator ever since. In the Orthodontics 770 course that she teaches every year to the orthodontic and pediatric residents, her focus is on the development of the occlusion and interceptive orthodontics – in other words, focusing on treatment, growth and development of adolescents ages 6-13. Also after graduation, she spent 10 years as a partner in the elite orthodontic practice of world-renown Dr. James McNamara, Jr., where she practiced part-time and KW-Dance-piccontinued to refine her knowledge of early orthodontic treatment.

Dr. West has lived and practiced orthodontics in the Lansing area since 1999. In 2012, Dr. West sold her private practice to be a stay-at-home mom and focus on her children and family. In addition to spending more time with her children and her husband after the sale of her practice, it was during this period that Dr. West became involved in competitive ballroom dance. Dr. West is passionate about ballroom dance and devotes much of her free time to practicing and preparing for ballroom competitions. She competes several times a year around the country as an amateur partnered with her dance pro and coach, Gage Clark.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. West is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. West also maintains memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Michigan Association of Orthodontists, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists and the Society of Orthodontic Educators.

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