Meet Dr. Katie Bales

Thank you for visiting our website! My name is Kathleen Bales and because we have two Dr. Bales in our practice, our patients call me “Dr Katie”. 10 years ago, I joined my Father, Dr Tom Bales, in our family Orthodontic practice in both Novato and Santa Rosa, California. I feel very fortunate to be able to take care of our patients in the beautiful North Bay where I was born and raised.

I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder (Go Buffs!) for my undergraduate education and majored in Biology. I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2003 from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco where I enjoy teaching Invisalign part time to the dental students.

I completed my Orthodontic Residency in 2006 at the University of California at Los Angeles (Go Bruins!), where I was chief resident. I simultaneously earned a Master of Science degree and my research was focused on the orthodontic treatment of cleft palate patients.

I am an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics as well as the local dental societies of Marin and Sonoma County. Like my father, I have the distinction of being a Board-Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

I am married to my husband, Robert Balchunas, and together we have 2 wonderful daughters, Lola and Margo. I enjoy traveling, skiing, hiking and spending time with my family. But most of all, I enjoy providing the best possible care for our patients.