Meet the Doctors at Harbor Kid’s Dental and Orthodontics
Pediatric Dentists in Longview
Dr. Thomas Bingham
Dr. Bingham is a third generation dentist, who grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Bingham attended Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery with Honors in Research from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. After dental school, he received advanced training in pediatrics.
His dental interests include Pediatric Dentistry, Wisdom Teeth Extractions, and Sedation Dentistry. He is licensed to practice Dentistry in Washington State and Texas. Dr. Bingham is an affiliated instructor with the University of Washington Dental School, where we teaches students about dentistry and is currently undergoing credentialing for PeaceHealth hospital. Dr. Bingham’s wife is from Washington State and he is the Father of three boys and one daughter. He enjoys hiking, reading, following the Calgary Flames and spending time with his family.
Dr Justin VanBibber
Dr Justin VanBibber is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. He was born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah. Soon after graduating from high school, he decided he wanted to become a Pediatric Dentist. He began his education at the University of Utah where he obtained a B.S. in Sociology with a certificate in Criminology. He then moved to Ft. Lauderdale Florida to attend Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, where he graduated with honors. After receiving his D.M.D, he continued his education at Boston University where he received his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. During his time in Boston, Dr. VanBibber had the opportunity to work at Boston Medical Center, Franciscan Hospital for Children, and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.
While in Boston, Dr. VanBibber was lucky enough to meet his beautiful wife Rachel. Together they decided that they wanted to call Washington their home. They are parents to two young children, their daughter Tess, and son Cam. They love to enjoy all the outdoor activities Washington has to offer including skiing, hiking, and biking. They also enjoy the Arts and attending sporting events.
Dr. Smita Patel
Dr. Smita Patel has been creating beautiful smiles with the latest types of braces in Washington since 2007. She was born in India and grew up in Bolton, England. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Computer Science at Nottingham Trent University before coming to the United States to attend graduate school. She graduated from the University of South Florida with her master’s degree in Biochemistry and went on to pursue her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2003 from Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine. In addition, she completed a General Practice residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in North Miami Beach.
Having gained a finer appreciation for dental esthetics and the importance of a good bite she went back to school to obtain advanced training in Orthodontics. She earned a master’s degree and a certificate in Orthodontics from Marquette University.
During her tenure at Nova Southeastern she received the Eleanor J. Bushee Senior Student Award for her academic excellence and outstanding leadership and was elected by the faculty into membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the well-recognized dental honor society for academic achievement and leadership in dentistry.
Dr. Patel is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington, as well as a published author in several academic journals.
Dr. Catherine Choi – Orthodontist
My path to becoming an orthodontist was anything but traditional. For seven years, I had been working as a corporate lawyer. But as I am a compassionate person by nature, I yearned to make more of a direct, personal impact. After earning my Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, I completed my Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) and Orthodontics Residency at the Center for Advanced Dental Education at Saint Louis University. I am passionate about giving patients the tools to improve their smile and self-confidence. It is the best profession I could have ever hoped for.