For Dr. Kulits, the best part of providing orthodontic care is helping both kids and adults feel better about themselves. Since opening his practice in 1992, he has watched patients of all ages complete their orthodontic treatments and walk out his door utterly transformed. In recent years, he’s especially enjoyed having his former patients bring their own children in to get treatment!
How Does One "End Up" an Orthodontist?
Dr. Kulits knew by age 12 that he wanted to be a dentist. During his early teens, he was the one in braces, “opening wide.” (Pre-braces, he’d describe himself as “wolf-fang boy.”) What he recalls most about those orthodontist visits are two things: the fun, inviting atmosphere of his doctor’s office and the dramatic results of his treatment (and no, his braces were not made of wood).
Nowadays he brings those same two elements—a caring atmosphere and orthodontic expertise—to his own practice.
After Dr. Kulits completed dental school, he chose to pursue a specialty in orthodontics. He feels fortunate to have been accepted to three years of clinical training in a full-time residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he earned a Certificate in Orthodontics. After opening his practice in Arlington and Everett, he continued his educational experience by achieving ABO (American Board of Orthodontics) Certification. Many orthodontists—including Dr. Kulits—agree that pursuing board certification is one of the best ways to develop a life-long goal of constant learning and improvement.
Keeping Current in Orthodontics
“The perfect blend of art and science,” is how Dr. Kulits describes orthodontics. Dr. Kulits continually invests time in professional development and continuing education courses in order to stay current with the most advanced and effective orthodontic techniques available.
In addition to being involved in many professional organizations, he regularly participates in several local and national study groups, including the Schulman Study Group, an association of prominent orthodontic practices in North America. The Schulman Study Group members share a commitment to exceptional patient care, quality of orthodontic experience, and continuing education, values which align exactly with Dr. Kulits’ own philosophy as an orthodontist.
Education and Residencies
- Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Bachelor of Arts, 1983
- University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, CT, Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D), 1987
- Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
- Certificate in General Practice Residency, 1987-1988
- Certificate in Orthodontics, 3-year, Full-time Residency, 1989-1992
Life Outside the Office
Dr. Kulits, who grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, moved to Washington in 1992 after falling in love with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Being involved in the community is truly a blessing. He shares his life with his lovely fiancée, Andrea, three remarkable children, and their two Chihuahuas. In his free time, you’ll find him beachcombing with his family, sailing, cheering on the UConn Huskies basketball teams, and singing in the Latvian choir "Sigulda Balsis".