Meet Dr. Vivian Fan

Vivian H. Fan, DMD, PhD

Dr. Fan

“Orthodontics is the perfect marriage between art and engineering. As an orthodontist, I apply physical and biological principles to solve problems in a bad bite while creating a beautiful smile for my patients. Seeing someone’s smile gleaming and eyes light up with joy at the end of their orthodontic treatment is priceless.

“A smile is a truly unique asset. Through my work, I can offer my patients a set of healthy teeth that is a part of a happy life, and along the way, we get to know our patients very well. Our work can improve their confidence and help their inner beauty shine brighter. Everyday I do what I love and feel great about our work—it really cannot get better than this!” – Dr. Fan

Education and experience

Dr. Fan majored in chemical engineering with a minor in biology at the University of Rochester, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1996. She completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Dr. Fan earned her Ph.D. in bioengineering at MIT in 2006 as part of a joint clinical research program with her post-graduate orthodontic residency at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

With her background in engineering, particularly her graduate thesis at MIT in cellular regeneration around synthetic bone grafts, Dr. Fan has a deep understanding of how basic science research can be translated into technological advances in dental medicine.

Even now, though her formal education is complete, Dr. Fan continues to update her knowledge and training, routinely attending continuing education courses and discussions with the Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics. It is Dr. Fan’s belief that learning is a lifetime process, and she is dedicated to the pursuit of perfection and excellence to better serve her patients.

Professional affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists

  • American Board of Orthodontics

  • American Dental Association 

  • Virginia Dental Association

  • Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics

Outside the office

After growing up in Pittsburgh and attending school in upstate New York, Dr. Fan settled in the Richmond, VA area with her husband Kevin and their two daughters. Skiing is one of Dr. Fan’s passions: she enjoyed many memorable ski trips during her years in New England. Now she enjoys spending her free time with family and traveling when her schedule allows.

Committed to the betterment of her community, Dr. Fan has volunteered at the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic in Fredericksburg, which provides primary health care to those who are unable to pay for private medical care. Her office has also sponsored local school/community sports teams and extracurricular activities in Sandston and New Kent, and donates goods to Richmond charities to help those in need.