Cathy H Cheng, DDS, PhD
General Dentist, Owner of MI Smile Family Dental
Dr. Cathy Cheng followed a unique career path to the field of dentistry. Born and raised in China, Dr. Cheng came to the US for graduate school in 2003 and has called it home ever since. Before transitioning to dentistry, Dr. Cheng was a biomedical researcher who studied the genes and proteins fundamental to several human diseases. Her research work had led to multiple original research or review articles published in prestigious biomedical journals, some of which can be found here.
While she found her research work extremely interesting, Dr. Cheng had a deep desire to improve human health more directly. This desire led her to the field of dentistry, where she could use her skilled and artistic hands to help people improve their oral health and transform their smiles.
Following her passion, Dr. Cheng earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, where she graduated at the top of her class and was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), a National Honor Dental Society. She also received General Practice Residency (GPR) training at the Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital and the University of Michigan Hospital, during which she gained experience treating medically compromised patients and individuals with complex dental needs.
Dr. Cheng maintains memberships in the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. She firmly believes in lifelong learning and has been to various continuing education courses every year in order to deliver optimal care for all of her patients. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Cheng enjoys spending time with her husband, their two children, and is proud of being an avid runner!