Dr. Kathryn Delfs


English, Korean
Northwestern University Dental School

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?

I loved going to the dentist from the time I can remember. My dentist would talk to me like I was a grown-up, and he made me feel very important. Also, I loved the feeling of how clean my teeth felt after getting them polished. (The rings from the treasure box afterwards were an added bonus)

What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?

My childhood dentist inspired me to go into dentistry. When I asked grown-ups if they liked their jobs, he was the only person that answered, "I LOVE my job"

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The greatest reward of being a dentist is seeing how people transform and grow when they feel confident in their smile!

What famous person (alive or dead) is your dream dental patient? Why?

George Clooney - he could use my help with Invisalign

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Super cool mint

What’s something your patients might be surprised to learn about you?

I have traveled to all 7 continents and all 50 states in the United States.

How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button?

I love to workout. Or have a filling brunch, then take a nap.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

The dental office is a scary place

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

How fast sores can heal in the mouth due to all the defense mechanisms our bodies have to protect itself

In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing?

Personal stylist

When I’m in the patient chair, I’m probably grooving to {blank} in my headphones.

Personal stylist

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really?

Hearing babies laugh

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