Karyn M. Mai, DDS
Personal & Educational Background
Dr. Karyn Mai grew up in Seattle, where she attended the University of Washington as a Gates Millennium Scholar and earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative History of Ideas. She then moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she graduated with honors from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Mai completed additional training through a general practice residency at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. She is trained in implant placement and restoration, endodontic and orthodontic (braces & aligners) treatments, and is certified in the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique to correct gum recession.
Dr. Mai’s professional philosophy is that high-quality comprehensive dental care should not be considered a luxury, but a service accessible to all. Dr. Mai has a long-term commitment to community dentistry and has volunteered to provide free dental care locally to the homeless community with the Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic and with Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Clinic. Globally, she has been involved with a number of travelling medical and dental clinics serving Costa Rica and Honduras. Dr. Mai’s goal is to form long-lasting relationships with her patients by breaking down the common fears of going to the dentist. She wants to provide gentle and well-informed comprehensive care with the patient’s concerns and needs always at the forefront of the service she provides. She understands that dental function and aesthetics are critical to overall mental and physical wellness and she would like to be a partner in achieving these goals with her patients.
As the many scopes of dentistry are constantly evolving, Dr. Mai understands the importance of being a lifelong learner through continuing dental education. The wide array of dental services that she provides is a testament to her dedication and training. Dr. Mai has special interests in periodontal (gum) surgery to correct recession and gummy smiles as well as orthodontic (braces) procedures. She is a certified Invisalign®, ClearCorrect®, and Six Month Smiles® provider. In addition, she actively seeks out the latest dental research and technology to provide the highest level of care to her patients.
Dr. Mai is an enthusiast of the outdoors. She is an avid photographer, taking many of her shots while on hiking and camping trips. Many of her adventures and travel photography can be seen throughout the office. Having an appreciation for art and music, she occasionally paints and is teaching herself to play the banjo as well! Dr. Mai loves dentistry, as it allows her to incorporate her artistic skills with healthcare and build trusting relationships with her patients.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
- Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (Gum Rejuvenation)
- Spear Education – Facially Generated Treatment Planning
- Six Month Smiles® Orthodontic Training
- Invisalign® & ClearCorrect™ Orthodontic Training
- Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center – Dental Clinic General Practice Residency
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Academy of Facial Esthetics
- American Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Lewis County Dental Society