My name is Yunyan (Tracy) Shen. I am an American Board Certified Orthodontist. I truly enjoy in creating beautiful, confident, and healthy smiles with braces and Invisalign! I completed my doctor of dental surgery degree and advanced post-doctoral specialty training in Orthodontics at Columbia University. I feel very fortunate to be able to work in a profession that is rewarding to my patients, my team members, and me. My favorite aspect of orthodontics is establishing a personal relationship with talented young individuals, remarkable adults, and fascinating families. Since we are going to spend the next one to three years together, let me share a little about myself so that we can get to know one another.



After graduating with B.A. from City University of New York, I began to pursue my education at Columbia University. I spent seven years studying and then teaching at Columbia University. There I obtained a doctorate of dental surgery (DDS).  I also completed a post-doctoral program specializing in orthodontics leading to a master of science degree (MS) and a certificate in orthodontics. Born and raised in China, I speak fluent Chinese (Mandarin) and English.



Without the unconditional love of my husband and parents, I would not have been able to attain these achievements.  Some of the awards I have been honored to receive are listed below:


Awards While Attending Columbia University:

  •  Highest Achievement Award upon DDS graduation
  •  Divisional Excellence in Orthodontics Award
  •  American Association of Orthodontists Senior Student Award
  •  Dean's Scholar
  •  Dean's Merit Scholarships
  •  The Abraham and Martha Barnett Scholarship
  •  Van Woert Award


  •  Diplomat-The American Board of Orthodontics
  •  Member-American Association of Orthodontists
  •  Member-Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
  •  Member-Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society


I enjoy keeping up with current research and staying abreast of new orthodontic techniques and advancements.  Through continued learning, I desire to improve daily.  It is a thrill to transform patients’ smiles and to see the positive impact it has on their self-esteem, attitude and dental health.


I am married to a very supportive husband.  We have two lovely children Victor and Annie.  Our family, including my parents, enjoys traveling and participating in outdoor activities.  We love working in our very first garden.