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Meet Dr. Sehmi Lee & Our Staff

Our Dentist:  Dr. Sehmi Paik Lee, DDS, PhD

Dr. Lee is a general dentist with unique educational background.  She first received her dental degree from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea.  As part of her post-graduation education, she completed advanced training in oral pathology and collaborated with oral surgeons for diagnosis and treatment of oral cancers and other soft tissue diseases in addition to jaw bone diseases. As a part of the training, she earned her the Masters degree in oral pathology from Seoul National University.  After moving to Richmond VA, she joined a graduate program in Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the VCU, researching on heart valve infection (infective endocarditis) caused by some of mouth-living bacteria and received her PhD degree.

Dr. Lee, again, received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree with honors from VCU School of Dentistry.  During her years in Virginia, she worked as an associate dentist in a private practice in Mechanicsville, and in an army dental clinic at Fort Lee, treating patients of all age groups.  In 2013, she became the principal dentist of Apple Tree Dentistry.  When she is not working at Apple Tree Dentistry, she works as a mobile dentist in Smile Program, treating children from K to elementary school in many different parts of Virginia, including Richmond,  Harrisonburg, Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, King George county, King and Queen county, Stafford, Charlotteville, Waynesboro, Petersburg, Emporia, Lancaster and more.  Dr. Lee is a member of several leading dental and professional organizations including the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Assocation, Richmond Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Education Association and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society.

Dr. Lee has been recognized by numerous awards as noted below:

  • Department of Radiology award, School of Dentistry, VCU
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) society
  • Hinman Dental Scholar award
  • Merit Scholarship funds award, VCU
  • A.D. Williams student research fellowship award, School of Dentistry, VCU
  • NRSA T32 training grant award for a dentist scholar
  • Travel grant award, Genco symposium: Contemporary Periodontology: Buffalo, NY
  • Corporate student travel grant award, the 103rd General ASM meeting,
  • Student travel grant award, the 1st Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting
  • Student travel grant award, the 6th Streptococcal genetics meeting
  • Graduate research award, First place, ASM VA branch meeting

Dr. Lee’s Publications:

  1. T. Kitten, C.L.Munro, N. Q. Zollar, S. P. Lee, R. D. Patel. Oral streptococcal bacteremia in hospitalized patients: taxonomic identification and clinical characterization. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Mar;50(3):1039-42. Epub 2011 Dec 21
  2. X. Ge, T. Kitten, Z. Chen, S. P. Lee, C. L. Munro and P. Xu. Identification of Streptococcus sanguinis genes required for biofilm formation and examination of their role in endocarditis virulence, Infect Immun, 2008 Jun;76(6):2551-9.
  3. P. Xu, J.M. Alves, T. Kitten, A. Brown, Z. Chen, L.S. Ozaki, P. Manque, X. Ge, M.G. Serrano, D. Puiu, S. Hendricks, Y. Wang, M.D. Chaplin, D.Akan, S. Paik, D.L. Peterson, F.L. Macrina and G.A. Buck. Genome of the opportunistic pathogen Streptococcus sanguinis, J Bacteriol, 2007 Apr;189(8):3166-3175
  4. S. Paik, L. Senty, S. Das, J.C. Noe, C. L. Munro, and T. Kitten, Identification of Virulence Determinants for Endocarditis in Streptococcus sanguis by Signature-Tagged Mutagenesis, Infect Immun. 2005 Sep;73(9):6064-74.               
  5. S. Das, J.C. Noe, S. Paik, and T. Kitten, An Improved Arbitrary Primer PCR Method for Rapid Characterization of Transposon Insertion Sites, J Microbiol Methods. 2005 Oct;63(1):89-94. Epub 2005 Mar 19.
  6. S. Paik, A. Brown, C. L. Munro, C. N. Cornelissen, and T. Kitten, The sloABCR operon of Streptococcus mutans encodes an Mn and Fe transport system required for endocarditis virulence and its Mn-dependent repressor. J. Bacteriol. 2003 185: 5967-5975



Monica, Dental Assistant (right)

Hello, I’m Monica.  I was born and raised in Virginia Beach.  After graduating from Landstown High School in 2005, I moved to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University.  I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology.  While attending VCU, I worked at the VCU School of Dentistry holding various job positions such as lab technician, sterilization technician, dental dispensary technician, and student dental boards assistant.  After six years of service at the VCU School of Dentistry, I now devote all of my time to chair side dental assisting.  On my leisure time, I enjoy crossfit, watching sports (especially VCU Basketball), baking and anything involving the beach.


Kristine, Patient Coordinator/Dental Assistant (left)

Hello, I’m Kristine-Mae.  I was born and raised in Virginia Beach.  I graduated from Bayside High School in 2013 then moved to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue my interest in dental hygiene.  I will be graduating this fall of 2017 with a Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Chemistry and minor in Biology.  While attending VCU, I was involved in the Dental Club and volunteered at Mission of Mercy projects.  In addition, I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega, which is a community service co-fraternity, and  I am currently serving in the Student Veteran Association executive board as a social media chair.  Since working at Apple Tree Dentistry, I enjoy meeting new patients and creating relationships with the current patients.  On my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, doing outdoor activities, and shopping.





Shanae, Dental Assistant (right)

Hello , I’m Shanae.  I was born and raised in Queens, New York.  I moved to Richmond my Junior year of High School in 2008.  I previously worked in the health field as a caregiver for the elderly with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  I transitioned over to dental field in 2014 after taking a dental assisting course as I found I had a passion for dentistry.  In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family, practice doing makeup, and travel various places.



In Recognition of Our Staffs 

We praise every one of our current and past staff members for building Apple Tree Dentistry together into a dental practice we can all be proud of.  Without Melanie, Monica, Kellie, Kristine, Hanel, Ashley, Kendall and Leah, we would not be where we are today.  From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You!