Dr. Harnick attended the University of Maryland, where he received his dental degree. After a successful career as a general dentist, he attended the University of the Pacific for an additional two years and was awarded his Masters in the Science of Dentistry (MSD) with a specialist certificate in orthodontics.
The University of the Pacific program is well known for its treatment of young children and hence is a major influence on Dr. Harnick’s philosophy. Dr. Harnick has lectured nationally on orthodontics and Invisalign.
To remain on top of industry trends, Dr. Harnick is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics, the New Mexico Dental Association, and the Albuquerque District Dental Society. He is a board member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Harnick is also the past president of the New Mexico Association of Orthodontics and has been voted the best orthodontist in Albuquerque the Magazine three times.
To provide patients with the best possible orthodontic care, Dr. Harnick completed hundreds of additional hours and training to become a Board Certified Orthodontist by the American Board of Orthodontists (ABO).
Only 1 in 3 orthodontists is certified. Achieving board certification is the last step in a long and intensive educational experience to ultimately provide excellent patient care.
Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth. It takes extensive knowledge of jaw growth development, facial symmetry and more to perfect a smile. There’s a reason orthodontists must go through additional years of schooling after receiving their dental degree. Board certification goes a step further, demonstrating an orthodontist’s passion and dedication to the field.
To learn more about the board certification process, click here!
Dr. Kari Harnick was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She earned her dental degree from the University of the Pacific – Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and was selected into Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society and Tau Kappa Omega honor society in dentistry.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Dr. Kari decided to pursue the field of orthodontics and completed her orthodontic residency at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR where she also earned her Master’s in Dentistry.
Dr. Kari is thrilled to join her father in the Harnick Orthodontics practice and looks forward to working with you and your family to create beautiful smiles.
When not working in the practice, Dr. Kari enjoys spending time with family and friends, working with the Special Olympics, hiking, cooking and working out.