Dr. David 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, the Albuquerque District Dental Society, and 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).
Dr. Harnick has been voted Best Orthodontist in ABQ Magazine 6 times now! In his spare time, you will find him on the tennis court on at the dog park with Banjo.
Dr. Kari Harnick was born and raised right here in Albuquerque, NM. She went to the University of New Mexico and earned her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and graduated Summa Cum Laude. This give Dr. Kari a unique perspective about oral health as a whole. She then continued her journey to the University of Pacific-Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She was selected into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society and Tau Kappa Omega honor society.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Dr. Kari decided to pursue the field of orthodontics and completed her orthodontic residency at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. This is where she also earned her Master’s in Dentistry.
When not in the office, you will find Dr. Kari outside. She loves running, hiking, camping, and rock climbing. She loves spending time with her fiance, Jaron, and her dog, Banjo.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has not only completed a graduate program in dentistry to receive their DDS or DMD (Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine), but has also gone through a competitive residency at a CODA-accredited orthodontic program for an additional 2-3 years to be trained specifically in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Board certification goes a step further in demonstrating an orthodontist’s dedication to excellence in the field. The ABO Certification process requires the completion of peer-developed, externally validated written and clinical examinations. A Board Certified Orthodontist has reached this level of achievement by pursuing additional voluntary education and ongoing self-assessment.
Awards are cool. Yet, what’s even cooler than the awards we’ve won, is the word of mouth we’ve been able to spark from our current patients and our past patients. It’s this type of feedback that truly is the most treasured award.