Meet Dr. Richard Christensen

Dr. Christensen is an American Board of Orthodontics Certified Orthodontist who has been providing the highest level of orthodontic care and TMJ related treatment available to the residents of Yakima, Washington and the surrounding areas since 1991. In addition to Dental School and his Residencies in Orthodontics and Hospital Dentistry, Dr. Christensen has received advanced education and certification from The Roth/Williams Center, which teaches the most advanced training in Functional Occlusion and TMJ centered orthodontics available in the world of orthodontics. He has also received the highest level of training and education in "Bioesthetic Dentistry" - allowing him to rebuild worn and damaged teeth to biologic ideals yielding healthy and beautiful results.

Education & Training

  • Brigham Young University – Bachelor of Science Degree, 1983
  • University of Washington School of Dentistry – Doctorate of Dental Surgery, 1987
  • Hospital General Dental Residency – University Hospital Systems, Seattle, Washington. 1988
  • The Ohio State University School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics – Master of Science and Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 1991
  • Roth/Williams Center – Advanced Orthodontics and Occlusion Course Certificate, 1998
  • OBI Bioesthetic Dentistry - Level IV, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO)
  • Washington State Society of Orthodontists (WSSO)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Washington State Dental Association (WSDA)
  • Yakima Valley Dental Society
  • Roth Williams International Society of Orthodontists (RWISO)
  • Orthognathic Bioesthetics International (OBI)
  • Central Washington Cleft Palate Team

Outside the Office

Dr. Christensen and his wife have been married for 36 years. They have been blessed with four children and five grandchildren. When he’s not in the practice or spending time with his family, Dr. Christensen enjoys motorcycles, flying, golf, shooting, mountaineering, and snow skiing. He is also active in the community as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and as an Eagle Scout, Adult Leader, and Woodbadge-trained member of the Boy Scouts of America.