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meet dr kathryn bibby

Dr. Kathryn Bibby

Dr. Kathryn Bibby has been crafting healthy, beautiful smiles in Nelson, BC, for over 22 years. As the only Certified Orthodontist in the region, she has the pleasure of seeing patients and their families from across the East and West Kootenay. She enjoys building special relationships with our practice families, and is even starting to treat the next generation of "Bibby smiles".

With orthodontic treatment, you are not simply choosing “braces”, “expanders” or “aligners” but rather the professional who uses these tools to improve your bite and enhance your smile. Dr. Bibby has the knowledge and experience to customize her treatment recommendations to fit the individual needs of each patient, and to know the appropriate time to start. Whether it is with braces or the more discreet “brace-free” approach of Invisalign, Dr. Bibby can help you achieve your smile goals, often while improving your confidence and dental health.

Dr. Bibby has a reputation for providing quality care by combining the art and science of Orthodontics. She has a Dental degree (BDS, 1987) from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and has been an Orthodontic Specialist since 1993. She completed her three-year, full-time orthodontic program at the University of Toronto to graduate with a Master of Science and Diploma in Orthodontics. Dr. Bibby spent a few years in Yellowknife and travelled extensively to provide orthodontic care to under-serviced regions in the far north. She found it extremely rewarding to transform these patients’ smiles and lives through improved access to orthodontic care.

When an opportunity arose, the lure of the Kootenay region was too much to resist and Dr. Bibby proudly opened her Orthodontic office in Nelson in 1996. She has since expanded, renovated and gone digital with xrays and charting, while staying in the same location. Dr. Bibby continues to keep abreast of the latest research and techniques through Orthodontic study clubs and attending conferences and continuing education courses.

Outside of the office, Dr. Bibby enjoys the active outdoor Kootenay lifestyle with her husband Garry, and tries to keep up with her two young sons on the trails and ski hills. She also supports many local community groups such as KidSport, Friends of the Family, the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, and the SPCA. 


meet dr melanie mattson

Dr. Melanie Mattson

Dr. Melanie Mattson is a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and a Kootenay local, having been born and raised in the city of Trail. Her post secondary education began at Selkirk College and progressed to a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology at the University of Calgary, and continued at the University of Alberta where Dr. Mattson obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2009.  Upon graduation, she entered a General Practice residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where she gained additional training in emergency dentistry, oral surgery and special care dentistry. Having this valuable experience after dental school has made her a well-rounded practitioner with a thorough understanding of all facets of dentistry. 

Dr. Mattson was fortunate to have the opportunity to return to British Columbia when she enrolled at UBC for three years of specialty training in orthodontics, earning her Masters degree in Craniofacial Sciences. She is a dually certified specialist, both as a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. 

Melanie is well versed in all areas of orthodontics, with a particular interest in new advances in digital technology such as the iTero scanner used at Bibby Orthodontics.  Dr. Mattson considers herself a lifelong learner and is dedicated to offering the highest quality care to her patients. She routinely participates in, and lectures at, study clubs, courses and conferences to keep up to date with the latest advances in orthodontic treatment, and is an active leader in the Women in Dentistry mentorship program offered by the BC Dental Association.  

After being in Vancouver for almost 10 years, Dr. Mattson is thrilled to be back in the Kootenays, getting to know the patients at Bibby Orthodontics and exploring the community of Nelson with her husband David and new daughter Alexandra.