Meet Dr. R. Christian Solem, DMD, MS

R. Christian Solem, DMD, MS is committed to helping and empowering others through oral health, Dr. Solem began his career in dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, graduating cum laude. He completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. 

During dental school, Dr. Solem pursued an elective four-month dental externship at Boston Healthcare to rehabilitate homeless patients recovering from substance abuse and mental illness. He also trained in the pediatric dentistry clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he treated children with special needs and illnesses. Motivated by this work, he pursued an orthodontic residency training at the University of California, San Francisco.

In 2013, Dr. Solem practiced for a year as a craniofacial orthodontist at Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. He treated children with rare diseases and developmental anomalies, including cleft lip and palate. This work was done in close collaboration with other medical disciplines (plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, speech pathology, and audiology) to provide complex orthodontic treatment to all age-ranges of children. He also served on the pediatric craniofacial team at UCSF and taught as a clinical instructor in the graduate residency program. Recently he has worked as an orthodontic specialist at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Portland, OR.

Dr. Solem’s accomplishments include attaining Diplomate status with the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) and several significant awards. He achieved the AAO Craniofacial Anomalies Special Care Award, the AAO

 Charlie Schultz Scholar Award, the AAO Faculty Development Award, and the Harvard Odontological Society Outstanding Research Award. He has published four peer-reviewed articles; three in Orthodontics and one in developmental biology. He has been a mentor; teaching at UCLA’s Craniofacial Team Orthodontic Department and giving several lecture courses throughout the country.

Dr. Solem and his two brothers grew up within biking distance to the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, where he spent most of his free time in the water and at the beach. He loves spending time outdoors and looks forward to calling sunny Sacramento home.