Dr. Kathy Russell is a graduate of Dalhousie University with both a BSc in Chemistry and a Doctor Dental Surgery degree. Following graduation from Dalhousie University with her dental degree, she completed a one-year residency in Pediatric dentistry at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She then continued her education completing her specialty Diploma in Orthodontics and her MSc degree at the University of Toronto. Her area of concentration for her MSc degree was cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies.
Following her graduate specialty education, she returned to her native Halifax as Division Head of Orthodontics, Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry and Staff Orthodontist at the IWK Health Centre. She was appointed Chair of the IWK Cleft Palate Team in 1996 and maintains those positions today. Presently her academic appointment at Dalhousie University is a tenured, full professor in the Faculty of Dentistry with a cross-appointment to the School of Biomedical Engineering and Graduate Studies. Her research continues in the area of cleft lip and palate / craniofacial anomalies. She is one of two orthodontists in Canada who are part of a multicentre international research collaboration known as Americleft focusing on treatment outcomes for patients with cleft lip and palate. She is a member of many national and international Orthodontic and Cleft Palate / Craniofacial Organizations.
Dr. Russell has also been in practice providing orthodontic care for patients since her return to Halifax and she continues to maintain an active private practice in the Halifax office. She is accepting patients of all ages, both with and without medical conditions, and she welcomes all referrals.