Kathleen C. Hwang D.D.S.

It has always been my belief that outstanding patient care is a combination of quality work and an excellent patient experience. It is my constant goal to provide both of these to my patients, and deliver gentle and effective orthodontic care in a fun and friendly environment.

I love creating smiles and, as a result, helping each of my wonderful patients improve their self-esteem and self-confidence. Being an orthodontist is incredibly rewarding: not only am I able to help people have better lives, but every day I get to have amazing conversations with my patients. I look forward to hearing about what’s happening in their lives and sharing in their excitement when they have something big planned. I’m also humbled when they choose to confide in me, because they need someone to talk with and they trust me. Those one-on-one connections make me smile.

Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

I attended UCLA for my Bachelor of Science in microbiology and molecular genetics, and then went to UCSF, where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. I returned to UCLA for my orthodontics residency. My formal education provided me with an excellent foundation, but I also know that being an oral healthcare provider means I must stay on the leading edge of developments in the field. Orthodontic technologies and treatment methodologies are constantly evolving, and I need to remain informed in order to provide my patients with the widest array of options to create the perfect individual smile for them.

Professional Affiliations

I am an active member in the:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy for Orthodontic Excellence
  • California Dental Association
  • California Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • San Gabriel Valley Dental Society

Personal Life

I was born in Taiwan. When I was three I moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I grew up. My family moved to Arcadia in 1990 and I graduated from Arcadia High School. I love the area and returned here after spending time in San Francisco and Orange County.

My husband Kevin and I have a young daughter, Isabella, who is the light of our lives. We are very family-oriented, and I love living near my parents and my sister, brother, and nephews. While Isabella keeps me very busy, as toddlers tend to do, I try to make time for Pilates in order to keep myself healthy and energized.

I enjoy traveling, experiencing different cultures, meeting people from different backgrounds, and exploring varied cuisines. I’ve traveled throughout Asia and Europe, and have gone to Guatemala to lecture to the Guatemalan Association of Orthodontists, and to China to lecture to the students and faculty at both National Taiwan University and Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital.

At my core, I am a people person, and being an orthodontist brings me into contact with some amazing individuals.