Meet The Doctors

Drew M. Darsey, DDS, MSD

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“The most rewarding part of being an orthodontist is seeing my patients’ expression when the braces come off. That’s when I know that I have the best job in the world.”

Dr. Darsey attended Texas A&M University where he achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from the School of Engineering. He then received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Texas Dental Branch, where he was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Dentistry and specialty certification in orthodontics from the University of Texas where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Darsey is also a firm believer in being a lifelong learner and regularly attends continuing education seminars to ensure his patients get the best care possible using the latest technology.

“As an orthodontist, I enjoy developing relationships with so many wonderful people in our community. I am also fortunate to have the opportunity and ability to give our patients the perfect smile they always wanted. A great smile can give you the self-confidence to truly change your life. The most rewarding part of being an orthodontist is seeing my patients’ expression when the braces come off. That’s when I know that I have the best job in the world.”

Dr. Darsey’s Professional Associations Include:
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Southwest Society of Orthodontists
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
  • University of Texas Orthodontic Alumni Association
  • Texas Dental Association

James F. Krivan, DDS, MS

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"I truly love what I do! Orthodontics is an extremely rewarding profession that combines a special blend of art, science and personal relationships.”

Dr. Krivan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas in Austin. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston and was inducted into the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. After completing two years of service as a Captain in the United States Army Dental Corp, he returned to the University of Texas Dental Branch and received his certification in orthodontics and a Master of Science degree.

"I truly love what I do! Orthodontics is an extremely rewarding profession that combines a special blend of art, science and personal relationships.” I greatly enjoy the daily challenge and creativity required in caring for the unique dental needs of each patient. I feel an enormous sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in helping people achieve the healthy and beautiful smiles they desire. I am very blessed to be in a profession that can truly make a positive difference in people’s lives."

As a member of numerous professional organizations and a participant of regular continuing education opportunities, Dr. Krivan remains committed to providing his patients with the most current and effective treatment options. He was honored in 2004 when the American Board of Orthodontics asked him to present four treated cases at the annual session in Orlando, Florida, as representative of the excellence the board seeks in state-of-the-art orthodontic care. The board further recognized his work by publishing one of his cases in the July 2005 peer review journal of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Mary Kate James, DDS

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Dr. Mary Kate James is thrilled to be in Houston to begin serving her community and creating beautiful smiles. She received her formal dental training at the Medical University of South Carolina where she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. She practiced general dentistry for several years in Charleston, SC before deciding to pursue her passion in orthodontics. She was accepted into the orthodontics program at LSU and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she spent two years and received her Master of Science in Dentistry and specialty certification in orthodontics. When you first meet Dr. James, you’ll see why her patients love her. She is humble, compassionate, caring, and dedicated to her craft. She takes great pride in the quality of orthodontic treatment that she provides to her patients and loves to have fun while doing it.

Outside of the office, Dr. James loves to spend time playing tennis, golf, and enjoying the sunshine. She and her husband, Aaron, are huge sports fans and like to cheer on the Virginia Tech Hokies and all Houston sports teams. Aaron, who is also an orthodontist, grew up in the Houston area and they are both happy to be practicing and living close to family once again. They love to try out new restaurants and enjoy traveling when their busy schedules allow.