Smith & Heymann Orthodontics
Meet Board Certified Orthodontist

Dr. Katya Skillestad, DDS, MS

Dr. Kat grew up just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, but she was actually born in the former USSR and came to the United States as a baby. She even speaks fluent Russian!

As a board-certified orthodontist, she is passionate about providing the best care for everyone who visits her office.

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Education & Experience

Dr. Kat attended UNC, where she earned her undergraduate and dental degrees. From there, she went on to study orthodontics at Texas A&M University in Dallas, where she won the prestigious award of Resident of the Year from an esteemed orthodontic journal.

Upon graduating, Dr. Kat moved to Durham and has been creating beautiful smiles for children, teens, and adults throughout the area ever since.

Dr. Kat is certified by the American Board of Orthodontists, something less than 30% of orthodontists achieve.

Outside of the Office

Dr. Kat and her husband Garrett reside in Durham with their crazy dog, Sully. In their spare time, the pair enjoys traveling and volunteering, hiking, and playing board games.