Dr. Kemp has been practicing orthodontics for over three decades now, and he has greatly enjoyed the many opportunities he’s had to help his patients improve their self-esteem and their quality of life. He still gets such a rush when he removes a patient’s braces and sees them first look into the mirror! Before you set up an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Kemp, we encourage you to learn more about him by reading the brief biography below.
Why Did You Decide to Become an Orthodontist?
Dr. Kemp’s mother was the one who encouraged him to become a dentist at an early age. In fact, she’s saved a journal from second grade where he wrote that he wanted to be a dentist one day! Today, orthodontics is truly the perfect field for him because he loves working with kids and seeing them smile brightly.
I feel so blessed to come to our Pediatric dental office every day. I have made so many close friends by working and living in our community. I know our doctors and team members make a wonderfully positive difference in people’s lives, because so many have told me so.”
Where Did You
Dr. Kemp received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry, where he was awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery and received his orthodontic training. Each year, he completes a great deal of continuing education to stay at the forefront of new advancements and technologies. He is an active member of both the Illinois Society of Orthodontists and American Association of Orthodontists.
Outside of Work,
What Do You Like to Do?
Dr. Kemp grew up in Washington, IL, which was a community that instilled small town values of supporting one’s neighbors and helping each other. He and his lovely wife, Carolyn, met in dental school. She is a wonderfully compassionate dentist with her own private practice! Their daughter Catherine is so dedicated to making the world a better place, which led her to obtain two master’s degrees in environmental science, while their son Reed has many talents and brings such an uplifting spirit to whatever room he’s in.
When he’s not caring for patients, Dr. Kemp is constantly finding ways to challenge his brain and stay fit. One of the greatest days of his life was when he competed in an Ironman triathlon! He’s also qualified for the Boston Marathon twice. He loves to play golf and even won an Invitational tournament in 2019. Some of his other favorite hobbies include riding his snowboard and building furniture/décor – he’s currently interested most in stained glass windows/lamps.
One more remarkable thing about Dr. Kemp: in 2006, he donated one of his kidneys to an uncle who is still doing well!