Meet Dr. Kray


Frances M. Kray, DDS

               IMG_2662 (2)

Dr. Kray has been setting the highest standards of excellence in orthodontics for over 20 years! She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California-Berkeley and her dental degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia. After graduating, she completed a specialized post-graduate residency in orthodontics at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was also President of the Orthodontic Education & Research Foundation at the Medical College of Virginia in 2009.

An esteemed member of the orthodontic community, Dr. Kray is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (a distinction held by less than 25% of practicing orthodontists) and an active member in many leading dental and orthodontic organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • Virginia Association of Orthodontists
  • MCV Orthodontic and Research Foundation
  • College of Diplomates American Board of Orthodontics
  • Harrisonburg/Rockingham Dental Society

When not in the office, Dr. Kray enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail, bikram yoga, working out, gardening (especially dahlias) and meditation.


Dr. Kray, after summiting the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro
in Tanzania, Africa on September 11, 2010.


What It means to be board Certified:

Are all orthodontists Board Certified?

No. All orthodontists must be licensed to practice, but at this time only 1 in 3 orthodontists have continued on to complete Board Certification.  The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification process signifies a unique achievement—a significant step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics.  The process requires the orthodontist to demonstrate actual accomplishments in patient care with detailed case reports on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems. Board certification is a voluntary achievement that all orthodontists do not choose to pursue.  In order to become board certified by the ABO, an individual orthodontist is thoroughly interviewed by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate their orthodontic knowledge, clinical skills and judgment. 


How many certifying boards are recognized by the American Dental Association in the specialty of orthodontics?

One. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the only certifying board in the specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association.   The ABO was founded in 1929 and is the oldest specialty board in dentistry.  The board’s purpose is to elevate the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration. 


Why would an orthodontist choose to complete this voluntary certification process? 

Successful completion of the examination process demonstrates the orthodontist’s highest commitment to excellence in orthodontics – to both the orthodontic profession and the general public. It represents a commitment by a licensed specialist that he/she has the necessary knowledge base and skills to treat patients to the highest of standards. It exemplifies a practitioner’s commitment to continue to keep abreast of the latest advances in patient care, and to continue to deliver these latest advances to patients.  Many orthodontists see it as a demonstration of their dedication to the specialty and the highest level of personal achievement. 


What steps are required to complete the ABO certification process?

Since the establishment of the ABO in 1929, the certification process requirements have continued to adjust to the demands of the specialty.  Today, the process involves a thorough Written Examination (240 questions) covering all areas of information which an orthodontist should be knowledgeable.  Successful completion of this “board exam” allows the orthodontist to proceed to the Clinical Examination where they present detailed case reports from their practice/residency, demonstrating a history of excellence in patient care. These cases are evaluated by a panel of examiners and later discussed during an oral examination where the applicant is tested on a wide variety of academic and clinical topics.  After successful completion of these examinations, the orthodontist has officially achieved Board Certification, for a time-limited period.  The orthodontist must go through Certification Renewal every 10 years to maintain their certification status by demonstrating this continued level of patient care. 


For further information about The American Board of Orthodontics and Board Certification, please go to