About Dr. Norma W. Chou, Orthodontist
Dr. Chou is a third generation dentist in her family (an “inbred strain,” as she jokes). Her grandfather, mother and two uncles were dentists, and one of those uncles was an orthodontist. From the age of 8, she worked part-time in her mother’s office, thus developing her interest in her future career.
Began Practicing with Her Mother, Dr. Liu
Dr. Chou was born in Toronto, but moved to Windsor, Ontario, as a young child. She received her pre-university education in Windsor and then attended the University of Toronto. Upon graduation from the Faculty of Dentistry in 1974, she returned to Windsor to associate in general practice for a year with her mother, Dr. Willa Liu.
Opened Office in Downtown Toronto in 1986
Dr. Chou then went to the University of Chicago for a 2-year residency in orthodontics at the Wyler Children’s Hospital. She studied under the world-reknowned orthodontist and author, Dr. Tom Graber, and earned a Master of Science degree. Upon graduation, she resumed her practice in Windsor, commuting weekly to Toronto to teach undergraduate orthodontics at the university for eight years and to practice part-time at the office of a friend. In 1986, she opened her own office in downtown Toronto, but continued to commute to Windsor regularly for another ten years.
We Have a Skilled Staff
Along with Dr. Chou, the skilled staff consists of our receptionist, Katherine, and our dental assistant, Aisha. Katherine is fluent in Cantonese and speaks some Mandarin. Aisha speaks Urdu.
We Are Excited About Our Yonge & College Office
We moved to our present office at 2 Carlton Street, Suite 1517 in June, 2012. Located in a high-rise office building in a busy area with many shops and eateries, our building offers a bright space with large picture windows from which you can see the CN Tower.
Convenient to the College Subway Station
We are just a few steps away from the northeast exit of the College subway station. From the station, you turn right toward Carlton Street and then go left up the first staircase (on the north side of Carlton Street). The building entrance will be to your left as you reach the top of the staircase.
Convenient to Ryerson and U of T
We are also only a 5 minute walk from Ryerson University and 10 from the University of Toronto (downtown). So if you missed having braces during high school, and are now at Ryerson or UofT, we would be pleased to have you drop in for a visit and to arrange a consultation appointment.
Meet our Practice Mascot: Ren Chen
Meet Ren Chen, our Chinese Black Water Dragon. He was one of 25 hand decorated dragons which graced the streets of eastern downtown Cleveland OH in the summer of 2012 (Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac.) Ren Chen was sponsered by Key Bank of Cleveland and was decorated by Beth Gregerson of Willoughby, OH. He was bought by Dr. Chou at an auction in September 2012,the proceeds from which benefited the St. Clair Development Corporation, an organization which works to improve the local neighbourhood in Cleveland. Our patients are invited to take a “selfie” with Ren Chen.
An Avid Photographer & World Traveler
Dr. Chou and her husband reside in the Bay-College area. They enjoy walking and riding the subway all over downtown. Dr. Chou is very excited about moving to the new office, so she can again walk to work as she did for so many years in the Annex. Dr. Chou is an avid photographer, world traveler and stamp collector, and she actively supports the arts (theatres and T.S.O.).