After practicing as a critical care Registered Nurse for 10 years, Dr. Chris earned her DMD from the University of Kentucky and her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Connecticut. She then had a fellowship in Orthodontics at U. Conn. and served on the faculty in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics there for seven years.
Dr. Chris then joined noted orthodontist Dr. Walter A. Doyle in his historic practice, treating patients and teaching orthodontics seminars. She is Past President and Senior Instructor of the American Orthodontic Society and active in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, along with other organizations.
Today, after more than 30 years in dentistry, Dr. Chris's approach to pediatric dentistry and orthodontics is based in prevention, with emphasis on orthodontic treatment procedures for the preschool and school-age child to improve the growth of the entire face. Her experience in practice management and her extensive knowledge of child behavior, parenting, and child management are elements integrated in her practice and teaching.
The author of five books, Dr. Chris is a past or current faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, the University of Louisville Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, and at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. She lectures and hosts seminars on Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Practice Management and Life topics around the world -- a unique approach she calls "Love and Orthodontics." Dr Chris has taught and practiced dentistry and orthodontics around the world, from Connecticut to Dubai to Abu Dhabi, to Athens, to Kentucky. She is now based in Texas.