Dr. Catey DeSimini
Dr. Catey was born and raised in Lake County California. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She continued on to receive her DMD at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. While in dental school Dr. DeSimini participated in multiple community outreach programs and was selected to travel to Nicaragua on a dental mission trip with the non-profit organization Bridges to Community. After her first rotation through pediatrics Dr. Catey knew that this was what she wanted to devote her career to so she continued on to earn her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts University. Following completion of her residency Dr. Catey worked in private practice for 12 years in the Boston area.
In 2009, Dr. DeSimini was awarded the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award for scoring in the top 3% in the nation on her Pediatric Dental Board Qualifying Exam. She is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
She is a member of the AAPD, California Dental Association , American Dental Association and California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. DeSimini currently lives in San Francisco with her husband Sabino and two children Luca and Anna. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and exploring her new home city with her family.
Dr. Laura Lim
Dr. Laura focuses on providing gentle comfort and the best patient care for all ages while taking her time to explain treatment options in a way that patients and parents can understand. She takes great pride in partnering with patients and parents to help them achieve and maintain a lifetime of excellent oral health from an early start.
Dr. Laura graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Biochemistry. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of California, San Francisco – School of Dentistry. In addition, she elected to do a year in an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program after graduation to further her knowledge and training.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Laura enjoys taking Peloton classes, experiencing different restaurants in the Bay Area, and cooking for her perpetually hungry toddler son and husband.
Dr. Katherine Kieu
Dr. Kat was born and raised in Orange County. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UCLA, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and received her doctorate degree from UCSF. Nominated by faculty, Dr. Kat was awarded the Craig Memorial Scholarship by the Rho Rho Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), National Dental Honor Society, for outstanding scholarship and ethical character.
Dr. Kat worked as a general dentist in San Anselmo before starting her orthodontic residency at the University of the Pacific. Recognizing the importance of providing research-based treatment, she maintains her position as an Instructor of Orthodontics and works closely with the orthodontic Department Chair at UOP. In addition, she has been an associate in private practice since she graduated in 2012.
Dr. Kat is a board-certified orthodontist and an active member of the following professional associations: American Association of Orthodontists, California Society of Orthodontists, and Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. She also serves on the alumni committee for the Pacific Orthodontic Chapter of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Alumni Association.
Dedicated to excellence and patient-centered care, Dr. Kat is a compassionate orthodontist who strives to ensure that patients enjoy high-quality results. She looks forward to working with our dental team to help patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles.
In her spare time, Dr. Kat enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband, Eddie, can usually be found chasing after their 2-year-old son, Kyler, when they aren’t working. In addition, she is an avid reader who loves both non-fiction and fiction literature and is an aspiring children’s book author.
Dr. Kenny Tse Jr.
Dr. Kenny grew up in Pasadena, California. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pitzer College and graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 1998. He completed his specialty training in pediatric dentistry at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York where he was chief resident. Dr. Kenny's greatest joy is spending time with his wife and their autistic son. A black lab (Champ) and pit bull (Otto) round out their family. It has been said that he has an unhealthy love of cars and motorcycles. In his spare time you might find Dr. Kenny on the racetrack racing cars.
Dr. Irene Ching
Dr. Irene is a native of San Francisco, CA. She left California for the East Coast to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Georgetown University before returning home to the Bay Area and earning both her master’s degree in Global Health Sciences and her doctorate degree at UCSF. She completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Southern California. She believes in empowering children and their families to be proactive about prevention through a personalized approach. Outside of the office, Dr. Irene enjoys cheering on the Warriors, cooking and baking in the kitchen, hiking coastal trails, and practicing pilates.