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Meet Dr. Vivian Chan

meet dr vivian chan

A widely respected orthodontic professional, Dr. Vivian Chan is committed to delivering compassionate, effective orthodontic care that enhances her patients’ oral health and creates beautiful smiles. She connects strongly with her patients and their families, and helps them understand how their lives are improved as a result of straight teeth and a proper bite, not to mention their wonderful new confidence and smile.


A native of Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Chan received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Calgary, and then completed a Master of Science degree in neuroscience. At New York University, she graduated at the top of her class, was inducted into a national dental honor society, and was awarded a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Dr. Chan subsequently moved to Ann Arbor, where she received her Master of Science from the world-renowned Department of Orthodontics at the University of Michigan. Her thesis, “The Role of Female Reproductive Hormones in the Etiopathogenesis of Temporomandibular Joint Disease in Women,” was presented at the American Association of Orthodontists International Conference in 2007. She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious scholarships and awards.

Focus on Continuing Education

Dr. Chan is committed to furthering her expertise in orthodontics. She attends continuing education seminars and, along with Dr. Schabel, hosts courses on a variety of topics related to treatment timing in orthodontics, Invisalign®, and inter-disciplinary orthodontic treatment. She is also an active member of many professional organizations, including:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • California Association of Orthodontists
  • California Dental Association
  • Monterey Bay Dental Society
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon

Beyond the Office

Dr. Chan mountain biking

Married to Dr. Brian Schabel, and a partner with him in the North Coast Orthodontics practice, Dr. Chan shares their home with two sons and a boxer named Ronan, who has extended her puppyhood far beyond her first few years.

Dr. Chan speaks English, French, and Chinese (Mandarin and basic Cantonese), and has started learning Spanish as well. An accomplished pianist, she began playing at age eight and went on to receive her performer’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She enjoys being active, so Dr. Chan can often be found running and mountain biking. She’s also a lover of great food.

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All patients represented on this site are actual patients of Dr. Schabel and Dr. Chan.
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