Stacie D. Fenderson, DDS, MS
Dr. Stacie D. Fenderson grew up in central California and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley. After graduating from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry with honors in orthodontics and anesthesia, she completed a hospital Dentistry residency in Birmingham, Alabama. Thoroughly enjoying the aesthetic portion of dentistry and appreciating the mechanics of correct occlusion (the way an individual bites together), Dr. Fenderson returned to Loma Linda University and completed a rigorous residency in orthodontics, earning a master’s degree in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics and a certificate in orthodontics in 2007.
Her master’s thesis was conducted in cooperation with Dr. Philip Boyne, world famous oral and maxillofacial surgeon, innovator and researcher. Dr. Fenderson used rat models to develop the technique for distraction osteogenesis of heterotopic bone formed with BMP-2. In simpler terms, she pioneered the development of a way to control the shape of ectopic bone growth using titanium cages, and then demonstrated that this bone could be expanded. The medical use is to enable the body to grow its own bone instead of harvesting hip or other bone for bone grafts.
When considering specializing in Orthodontics, Dr. Fenderson knew her love for children would play a special part in her practice. Knowing that creating beautiful faces and smiles build confidence in each person she treats, brings her satisfaction each day.
Away from the office, Dr. Fenderson is raising Holsteiner horses and the exotic Savannah cats in Grass Valley, California. These large, powerful horses are used for dressage and jumping and are often the breeds chosen for Grand Prix and Olympic competition. Dr. Fenderson has grown up with horses and has trained with prominent trainers in the area.
Dr. Fenderson is pleased to live near Lake of the Pines and is excited to bring convenient, state-of-the-art orthodontics to the Grass Valley area.
In her spare time, she enjoys many sports including wakeboarding, snowboarding, riding and training horses, bicycling, traveling and scuba diving. In the past, she was active in varsity sports in softball, volleyball and flag football.