Christine N. Kim, DMD, CAGS, FRCD(C)
It is most rewarding to witness a child with dental fear become a child that loves going to the dentist. I consider it a privilege to participate in a child’s first dental visit. Children are fun, unpredictable, and brutally honest. They make me smile. Every day at work I am rewarded by my interaction with children and their parents. Since 2011, I have had the good fortune of leading a family-friendly practice focused on giving children a positive dental experience in a personalized, no-rush environment.
As children maintain their perceptions of dental treatment into adulthood, I believe it is my responsibility to ensure each of their visits is friendly, relaxed, and stress-free. This includes setting aside time to interact with the children, as well as to explain treatment plans to parents. I also try to educate parents about the roles of oral hygiene, diet, and fluoride in maintaining oral and general health.
My academic experience includes:
- University of British Columbia (UBC) – Dentistry, 2006
- University of Toronto (The Hospital for Sick Children) – Residency, 2006-2007
- Boston University – Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Pediatric Dentistry, 2011
I have also had extensive training in managing pediatric dental trauma and pediatric patients with special needs and complex medical issues.
I strongly believe that good patient care must be evidence-based and informed by current research. My continuing work as a part-time clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia, where I teach both dental and post-graduate pediatric dentistry residents, is not only rewarding and enjoyable, but it serves to keep me in touch with the future of my profession. My work as a former staff pediatric dentist at BC Children’s Hospital allowed me to come into contact with challenging and diverse cases.
In addition, I actively participate in and maintain professional continuing education requirements for the following professional organizations; most notably as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada:
- Canadian Dental Association
- College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia
- British Columbia Dental Association
- Royal College of Dentists of Canada
- Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Diplomate
Outside the office
I live with my husband Hugh and daughter Kaitlyn in Greater Vancouver, BC. Hugh is a periodontist and professor at the University of British Columbia’s dental school.
When I am not in the office, you can find me on my Peloton or the yoga mat. I also enjoy spending time with my daughter; we do a lot of arts and crafts! I also have a lifelong passion for classical music. My background includes associateships from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in piano and voice, as well as professional work as an opera singer. The highlight of my music career was auditioning for the Juilliard School in New York City!
I think it is important to remember that there are others who have different circumstances, and we can strengthen our communities as a whole by helping others. I regularly donate to Canucks Place, BC Cancer, BC Children's Hospital, the SPCA, Union Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, and the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre.