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About Dr. Kathleen Sandberg
and Teeth Movers

Dr. Kathleen Sandberg graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry (USA) in 1994 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree. (Ranked #3 in the United States).

She had her own practice in California, but decided that the professional/work focus needed to be shifted. In 2007, she and her husband, together with their son, decided to pick up and move to New Zealand for a better lifestyle. Kathleen again opened a dental practice and became the official dentist of the Wellington Phoenix Football Club during her time in Wellington. After 6 good years in Welly, she and her family decided to move to Auckland for better weather, and haven’t looked back. Once yet again, Kathleen has decided to open up another practice- this time with a twist. Knowing that her own son would soon need braces, Kathleen decided to focus mainly on orthodontics.

Teeth Movers does just this. It is not a general dentist’s office and it is not a orthodontic speciality office. Kathleen likes to think of Teeth Movers as an dental office that has “a special interest in orthodontics and a few other medical/dental services”. And because Dr. Sandberg enjoys both orthodontics and facial aesthetics more than “every day general dentistry", she decided to open up a practice that focuses on what she likes best. And while Dr. Sandberg will perform a complimentary cleaning, “scale and polish” after the removal of Fastbraces®, she will not perform any fillings or cavities that may be required prior to getting the braces. For this, Dr. Sandberg will refer back to your therapist/dentist just as a specialist orthodontist will do.

Contact info

Address: 239 Rosedale Road, Unit O
  Albany, Auckland 0632
Phone:+64 09 869 5059
E-mail: kathleen@teethmovers.co.nz
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About the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry / Orthodontics

University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, has the oldest Orthodontic Graduate Program in the World. It was established in 1923. Dr. Kathleen Sandberg attended The University of Michigan, School of Dentistry from 1990-1994. During her attendance in Dental School, Kathleen was able to be influenced and personally taught by two of the most widely known names in the field of orthodontics; Drs James McNamara and Robert Moyer.

Due to the high command and esteem the University of Michigan has had in revolutionising orthodontics throughout history (and as we know it today), dental students were taught early and worked in concert with the graduate orthodontic students to achieve more than just the basic fundamentals. Although Kathleen is not a specialist orthodontist, but rather a dentist who has a special interest in orthodontics, she acknowledges that due to these world renowned teacher and mentors, that she has a well grounded foundation for engaging in this branch of dentistry. She is even going to put braces (Fastbraces®, of course) on her own son!

The Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry initiated the world renowned Moyers Symposium in 1973, which is cosponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development. This is the preeminent clinical research symposium in the profession.

Dr. Robert Moyer’s awards and accolades include:

  • Albert H. Ketcham Award - Highest Award given in speciality of Orthodontics, 1988
  • Significant contributions towards the field of orthodontics through the development of the Center of Human Growth and Development (CHGD) at University of Michigan and interdisciplinary research involving craniofacial biology.[1][2] He is credited for developing the Moyer's Mixed Dentition Analysis, which is still used today.

Dr. McNamera’s awards and accolades include:

  • McNamara is the author of over 190 scientific articles, has written, edited or otherwise contributed to 53 textbooks and has presented lectures in 43 countries.[2] Of particular note is his seminal work, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, used as a text in many orthodontic courses and schools throughout the world. He developed a form of cephalometric analysis referred to as the McNamara method of analysis.[3]
  • 1973 Milo Hellman Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontists[2]
  • 1979 E. Sheldon Friel Memorial Lecturer of the European Orthodontic Society[2]
  • 1983 Research Recognition Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons[2]
  • 1994 Jacob A. Salzmann Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation[2]
  • 1997 BF Dewel Biomedical Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation[2]
  • 2001 James E. Brophy Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Orthodontists[2]
  • 2003 Outstanding Research Award from the Edward H. Angle Education and Research Foundation[5]
  • 2008 Albert Ketcham Memorial Award-Highest Award given in speciality of Orthodontics, from the American Board of Orthodontics[6]