Meet Dr. Van Allen

I am extremely excited to join Dr. Nuckles and the entire team to help make beautiful smiles!  One of my favorite parts about being an orthodontist is getting to know all of my patients and their families, and being there for them throughout their orthodontic care.  I am very dedicated to my patients and to the practice of orthodontics as a whole.  Being an orthodontist allows me to combine my passions of the arts and sciences while also fulfilling my desire to help people. 

Education

Born and raised in Los Angeles, I attended the University of California, Los Angeles for my undergraduate education where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology with Honors.  Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I attended the UCLA School of Dentistry and graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.  I then moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado, Denver for my Orthodontic residency where I also received my Master of Science in Dentistry degree.  During my orthodontic training, I obtained an advanced certification in Invisalign® treatment and attended numerous lectures on orthodontic mini-screw implants, along with completing an extensive research project on digital modeling for orthodontic treatment plans.

In addition to my formal education, I attend orthodontic and dental conferences annually, and take continuing education courses to further my knowledge of the orthodontic profession.  I feel that it is of the utmost importance to keep up to date on the innovative practices and technologies in the dental and orthodontic fields.  I am also an active member of numerous dental and orthodontic organizations.

I enjoy enhancing my orthodontic knowledge by studying the most advanced and proven techniques the orthodontic profession has to offer.  As a result, I am able to provide my patients with the best care in a compassionate manner.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • Alpha Omega
  • West Los Angeles Dental Society
  • California Dental Association
  • American Dental Association

Outside of the Office

I love listening to music, painting, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.  As natives of Los Angeles, my husband and I enjoy trying new restaurants, watching sporting events and movies, and joking about our crosstown college rivalry (Go Bruins!).  More recently with our young son, we have been exploring everything kid-friendly that LA has to offer.