“It’s so rewarding to be able to help people feel better about themselves. A new smile can be life changing.” — Dr. Chris Klein
Dr. Christopher Klein is a graduate of Marion High School in Marion. He accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he earned his Bachelor of Science. While serving for five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Klein earned a Master of Arts in human resource management from Pepperdine University. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton for his Doctorate of Dental Medicine.
After graduation, he completed a two-year residency at the St. Louis University Department of Orthodontics, where he earned his Master of Science in orthodontics. Dr. Klein remains current in all facets of the orthodontic field by taking more than 50 hours of continuing education each year.
Dr. Klein serves on the faculty at St. Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education, where he received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award in 2002. He has been in the exclusive practice of orthodontics in Southern Illinois since 1985.
- American Dental Association
- Illinois State Dental Society
- Wabash River Dental Society, president
- Jefferson County Dental Society, past president
- American College of Dentists
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Illinois Society of Orthodontists
- Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, board of directors
- American Board of Orthodontics, Diplomate
Outside the Office
Dr. Klein resides in Mount Vernon with his wife Dianne. They enjoy many family activities with their son Brian and daughter-in-law Jane, including golfing, boating, and traveling. They also stay very busy loving (and babysitting) their grandchildren, Eddie and Marie.
Dr. Klein supports many local youth groups and Christian organizations, including the YMCA, Brennan Klein Field Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, United Way of Mount Vernon and Marion, Angels on Assignment, and United Methodist Children’s Home.
Get to know Dr. Klein …
Who are your heroes?
Ronald Reagan, Stan Musial, Bob Hope, and Navy Seals
What motivates you to work hard?
Helping people improve themselves and providing for my family
What makes you laugh the most?
My friends and golf outings
What is your favorite quote?
“Self-discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.” — Joseph Addison
What is your favorite card or board game?
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
“New York, New York” (Frank Sinatra)
Bonus question — What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Burger and fries
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Joined the U.S. Navy
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?