Meet Dr. Nellie Kim-Weroha

“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 your age, 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. My purpose as an orthodontist is to help others 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

Before orthodontic residency training, Dr. Kim completed a residency training in Advanced Dentistry (AEGD) 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 of extensive dental treatments. During her orthodontic residency training, Dr. Kim also participated in a Master's research focused on bone regulation and osteoporosis. Her work was presented at the national bone research meeting (ASBMR) and was awarded the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award from the university.  Dr. Kim is currently a board-certified orthodontist. She has been correcting malaligned bites and creating beautiful smiles in Rochester, MN since 2007.

Professional Affiliations

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists, House of Delegates, Chair
  • Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, Past President
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontists, Past President
  • UMKC Orthodontists Alumni Association, Past President
  • Zumbro Valley Dental Society, Past President
  • World Federation of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • Smiles Change Lives Program Provider since 2005

Outside the Office

Dr. Kim moved to Rochester, MN in 2007 from Kansas City for her husband’s medical residency training at the Mayo Clinic. She joined the practice with Drs. Arnold Hill and Terry Guenthner. With her mentors, GLK Orthodontics was created. Dr. Kim and her family are proud to call Rochester, MN their home. A mother of twin boys, she stays busy with their musical and sports activities. When Dr. Kim is not treating patients in our office, she also enjoys traveling with her family, teaching as a supplemental clinical instructor at the Mayo Clinic Department of Orthodontics, and serving on various committees for the American Association of Orthodontists.