Meet Dr. Kenneth A. Shimizu


Dr. Ken attended the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco and graduated as class valedictorian in 1985 with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He was then fortunate to be selected as one of five residents to continue their studies in the UOP Department of Orthodontics, one of the highest ranking programs in the nation. He obtained his Masters of Science in Dentistry degree and Orthodontic Certificate in 1987. Immediately following graduation, he was asked to join the UOP orthodontic faculty. He continues to volunteer his time as an Associate Professor on a part-time basis and has been a course director to the first year residents for over 30 years.

Dr. Kevin is a graduate of Saratoga High, University of California at Davis, University of the Pacific - Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and the University of the Pacific Department of Orthodontics.  Dr. Kevin has joined his father as an orthodontic advisor for the Kaiser Cleft Lip and Palate team, an orthodontic advisor for two local dental implant study groups, and will become a course instructor in the University of the Pacific, Department of Orthodontics.  

Continuing Education

Both Dr. Ken and Dr. Kevin maintain their credentials through the participation in numerous continuing education classes throughout the year. They also give seminars to groups of local dentists on the various aspects of modern orthodontics and Dr. Ken is a licensed Continuing Education Provider.

Drs. Ken and Kevin enjoy meeting with other orthodontists and belong to several local dental and orthodontic study groups. They were invited to join the Schulman Study Group, a prestigious orthodontic study group represented by 125 successful practices across the country. Both remain active members of numerous professional organizations, including the:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • California State Society of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Santa Clara Dental Society

In the Community

Shimizu Orthodontics has had the honor of providing orthodontic treatment to over 100 local dentists and their family members. We take great pride in being able to provide services to our peers. We have also developed a reputation for treating very difficult cases, are involved with a large number of cleft palate and jaw surgery patients, and are on the Craniofacial Anomalies Panel at Kaiser Hospital.  

Outside the Office

Dr. Ken is married to Laurie, his college sweetheart.  They have two awesome children, Kevin and Stephanie.  Stephanie is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in Miami.  Dr. Kevin is thrilled to be working with his dad, sharing their passion for creating beautiful smiles. 

“The key to success in our orthodontic practice is to involve our patients in their treatment and to gain their complete cooperation. We do this by informing them about what we're doing, showing them their progress and making their visits to our office a very positive experience. Relating to everyone as a friend and not a patient is our goal.”