Dr McCarthy

DrMcCarthyDr. Karen McCarthy received her dental degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry in 1990, where she graduated first in her class. After graduating from UCLA, Dr. McCarthy furthered her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The University of North Carolina is considered to have one of the best Orthodontic programs in the world. In 1993, Dr. McCarthy completed her Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics.

In 1993, Dr. McCarthy began her orthodontic career, working in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1998 she moved to Northern California and opened her office in Redding. Dr. McCarthy is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. In 2003 she became the first female President of the Northern California Dental Society.

Dr. McCarthy is pleased to be offering her high quality orthodontic treatment to people in the North Valley. Her patients appreciate and enjoy her high standards of orthodontic excellence.


1984 – 1985 Weber State College: Ogden, Utah
Grade Point Average: 4.0

1985 – 1986 University of Utah: Salt Lake City, Utah
Grade Point Average: 3.97

1986 – 1990 UCLA School of Dentistry: Los Angeles, California
Degree: DDS

1990 – 1993 University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics Degree: MS

Dean’s Letters: In recognition for outstanding academic and clinical preformance at UCLA School of Dentistry:

January 1987

April 1987

June 1987

April 1988

January 1989

April 1989

June 1989

Dr. McCarthy also received Dean’s Letters each quarter while attending the University of Utah and Weber State College

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Omega Fraternity Award: UCLA School of Dentistry – Class of 1990 Attaining the highest scholastic standing during the prescribed years of dental study.
  • Senior Editor: UCLA School of Dentistry Yearbook 1989 – 1990
  • American Academy of Oral Pathology Award: Spring 1990 For outstanding accomplishment and interest in the field of Oral Pathology
  • The 1990 Award: For outstanding achievement in Orthodontics
  • Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Omricon Kappa Upsilon: Spring 1990 The National Dental Honor Society (Alumni Member)
  • Dr. William S. Kramer Award for Excellence: Spring 1989 Demonstration of scholarship, character, and the potential promise of the advancement of dentistry and service to humanity.
  • Gladys M. Shea Prize in Anatomical Sciences: Spring 1988 In recognition of outstanding achievement and deep interest in the anatomical sciences.
  • California Regents Scholarship: Fall 1986 In recognition of outstanding achievement and demonstration of outstanding promise.