Michael McCarthy, Erika Hartman, and Careybeth Rivers

Lead Orthodontists, Birmingham Orthodontics

Dr. McCarthy received his orthodontic training while serving in the military. During his ten years in the US Army, Dr. McCarthy rose to the rank of Major and served as a Green Beret. He is a board certified orthodontist with nearly two decades of experience and has been recognized as one of America’s Top Dentist by the Consumer Research Council of America every year for the past decade.

Dr. Hartman was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society while at Meharry Medical College and received several honors including the Academy of Operative Dentistry student award and the American Association of Orthodontists student award. She was awarded the Faculty Award in Orthodontics while at Howard University for having the highest academic average in her post-graduate orthodontic class. This year Dr. Hartman was recognized as one of America’s Top Dentist by the Consumer Research Council of America. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Dr. Rivers is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and finished second in her class at The University of Alabama Birmingham where she received honors such as Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the Leon H Schneyer award and the Hinman Scholar award. Upon graduation she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Birmingham where she treated some of the most complex dental cases. She remains active in her church and community and currently serves on the Make-A-Wish Advisory Council.


The Smile of Your Dreams

Publication Date: May 2018

Your child’s smile is important. Poorly aligned teeth or jaws can affect your child growing up around peers, and even into his or her careers as they age. Significant medical problems, such as chronic migraines, gum disease, and infections can occur due to the lack of a straight smile as well. So, what’s the solution? Where does an orthodontist come into play?

The Smile of Your Dreams: Birmingham Orthodontics’ Guide to An Exceptional Patient Experience will teach you all you need to know about the inner workings and recommendations of an orthodontist, including:

  • signs you or your child need to see an orthodontist
  • how orthodontic treatment can impact your child’s social life
  • what you can expect from an initial consultation and exam
  • the best treatment options for your child’s problems

There is nothing more joyful than a child’s smile―learn what you can do to help yours obtain a great smile they can carry forever!

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