Meet Dr. Nellie Kim-Weroha

Dr. Nellie Kim

“The best part about being an orthodontist is creating the smiles that create happiness. Growing up with crooked teeth, I was self-conscious about my smile. Whatever the age (young children, teens, and adults), being confident about your smile will translate to improving all aspects of one's life. The profound impact of my smile transformation with orthodontic treatment inspired me to create the same confidence for others. I am honored to help everyone get a smile that reveals their inner beauty and gain internal happiness.” – Dr. Kim


  • Bachelor of Science in Genetics – University of Kansas
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) 
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency– UMKC
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics residency  – UMKC
  • Master's of Science in Bone Biology - UMKC

After dental school, 6 out of 100 dentists are selected for 2 or 3 more years of specialty residency training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Before orthodontic residency training, Dr. Kim did 1 year residency in Advanced Dentistry where she gained further experience in comprehensive full-mouth reconstruction, implant restoration, and cosmetic dentistry. This experience made her realize how critical orthodontic treatment is to the foundation and prevention for all additional dental treatments. During her orthodontic training, Dr. Kim also participated in Master's research focused on bone regulation and osteoporosis. Her work was presented at the national bone research meeting and was awarded Distinguished Master's Thesis Award from the university.  Dr. Kim is currently a board certified orthodontist.  She is honored to be correcting malaligned bites and creating beautiful smiles in Rochester, MN for over 11 years. 

Professional Affiliations

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Fellow of the American College of Dentists
  • American Dental Association, member
  • World Federation of Orthodontists, member
  • American Association of Orthodontists, delegate
  • Midwest Society of Orthodontists, Director for Minnesota
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontists Board member
  • UMKC Alumni Association, past President
  • Zumbro Valley Dental Society, past President
  • Smiles Change Lives Program Provider since 2007

Outside the Office

Dr. Kim moved to Rochester, MN in 2007 from Kansas City for her husband’s medical training at the Mayo Clinic. She feels fortunate to have joined GLK Orthodontics under the mentorship of Drs. Brent Larson, Terry Guenthner, and Arnie Hill. She has grown to love Rochester and is happy to call it home.  A mother to twin boys, Jaeden and Kobi, she stays busy with their activities.  Through connections with her patients and their families, Dr. Kim has been involved in the community, such as being a part of various events for non-profit organizations (MedCity Kids Martathon, Euro Soccer Team sponsor, sponsor of various Rochester Youth Sports teams), supporting local school activities and camps (Camp Moon-Hwa), and serves as a board member of the Korean Language School of Rochester.  The best part of participating in community events for Dr. Kim is seeing kids staying active in something that enriches their development.

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