BCC Pediatric Dentistry

4825 Bethesda Ave., Suite 220
Bethesda, MD 20814

Q: How did you become a pediatric dentistry specialist? 

A: My Korean parents wanted me, their eldest child, to become a doctor. But in high school I developed a big crush on my physics teacher, and all of a sudden, I shined in that class and wanted to be a physicist. We settled our differences by agreeing that I would go to dental school. I would still have “Doctor” before my name to please my parents, but I could still use my recently found skill and fascination for physics and chemistry in the world of dentistry. 

I was born in Korea, grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and moved to California and fell in love with the United States. After Sept. 11, I joined the Army and they sent me to Walter Reed, at the time in Washington, D.C.

All along the way, I always loved working with and treating children. I relate to their fears of the unknown. 

Q: What’s different about your practice?

A: I have been called a “child whisperer.” I opened my practice in Bethesda with the goal to be a new model for pediatric dentistry. After working over 20 years in the field, I have learned a lot and incorporated ideas about how to improve the delivery of care to families.

My longtime dream was to open a unique pediatric dental office, that would change perceptions of how kids see dentists. I have never looked back. I continue to specialize in the one area in dentistry that I truly love — kids and how to help them.

“Keep dreaming, brushing your teeth, flossing and smiling. Keep your face always towards the sunshine, and the shadows will fall behind you. Life is not always good, but you can make it better. Dream high, be courageous and trust in yourself.” -Dr. Andie Shin