Francis G. Forwood
Dr. Forwood received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). He was employed for four years as a mechanical engineer before entering dental school. Dr. Forwood received his dental degree and completed a residency in orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced orthodontics in Massachusetts before returning to the University of Pennsylvania to serve as a Clinical Director of Orthodontics from 1980 to 1984. He has served on the faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthodontics since 1980. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. In addition, Dr. Forwood sponsors three local baseball teams, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, the Sunshine Foundation Sunshine Run, and numerous school theatrical productions. Dr. Forwood is married and has three children and 6 grandchildren.
Kimberly F. Christie
Dr. Christie grew up with a passion for science and dentistry having the opportunity to watch her father, Dr. Forwood, transform people’s smiles since she was a child. Dr. Christie grew up in Wallingford and graduated from Strath Haven high school in 1996. In 2000, she received a B.S. in Biology with a Minor in Psychology from Lehigh University. After graduating from Lehigh, she spent two years teaching special needs children at the Ivymount School in Rockville, MD. In 2002 she began dental school at the University of Pennsylvania and received her doctorate in dental medicine in 2006. She continued at the University of Pennsylvania for her orthodontic residency and was awarded the Department of Orthodontics Outstanding Research award at the completion of the program. Her research on palatal expansion was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in April 2010. Dr. Christie has been a Clinical Associate professor of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania since 2012. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Dental Society of Chester and Delaware County. Dr. Christie is married, has two daughters and can often be found jogging outdoors and loves the sun shine, warm weather and traveling with her family. Dr. Christie’s passion is to create beautiful smiles while treating every patient as a member of our family. Her goal is to bring joy, kindness and compassion throughout the process so that orthodontics can be an overall positive experience for all.
H. Ben Drane
Dr. Drane is a native of southern New Jersey and a lover of all things Philadelphia. He attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he received a B.A. in the Biological Basis of Behavior with a Minor in Psychology. A 4-year varsity letter winner in Sprint Football, Dr. Drane was also an Academic All-Ivy Award Winner. His educational journey continued at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he was president of the American Student Dental Association during his junior year. He graduated from dental school in 2012, at which time he was awarded two departmental honors, a corporate scholarship award, along with his D.M.D. degree. Dr. Drane then completed a two-year residency in orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine in 2014. He is currently a Clinical Associate professor of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. Having been through orthodontic treatment as an adult (treatment that included jaw surgery), Dr. Drane fully understands the value of a healthy bite and smile. The ability of orthodontics to impart a positive impact on someone’s life is what initially drew Dr. Drane to the profession, but he also truly enjoys the balance of art and science within the profession. When he is not in the office, Dr. Drane enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 young daughters. They live in the community with their rescue dog Wilson. Dr. Drane enjoys many outdoor activities, including skiing, mountain biking, and playing golf when time allows. He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and especially enjoys talking Eagles football. He also may have a slight obsession with wacky socks.
Meet Our Staff
I have worked in dentistry since 1983 and started working for Dr. Forwood in 1988 and presently, I have the pleasure of working for Dr. Christie and Dr. Drane as well. My duties are mainly those of office manager and administrative support. I am happy to be working in the innovative field of orthodontics and I love being a member of the team. Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Mike, and visiting my two married children and their families. I am always glad to be able to play with my grandchildren or my Shetland Sheep dog, Stormy. Cooking, knitting are my favorite hobbies and I am always ready to try new recipes or knitting projects. Singing with my church choir is also something that I enjoy.
I have been with Forwood & Christie Orthodontics since 1995. I am a licensed expanded function dental assistant. I particularly enjoy working in Orthodontics. I love to see the beautiful, healthy smiles at the end of treatment. I have had the pleasure of assisting and managing our imaging program over the years. I currently help the doctors prepare for our consults with our new patients, and work in insurance and billing for our practice. I am blessed to love my job. My husband, and I have been married since 1991 and have a son. We also have an adorable mini schnauzer who thinks he is the star of the family! We enjoy spending time in the Poconos. Cheering our son on at his various school activities. I also enjoying the volunteer work I provide for our church. I am a huge fan of all the Philadelphia sport teams.
Head Appointment Coordinator
I entered the dental field in 1985 and I’ve had a variety of assignments, from insurance, billing and dental assisting to administrative duties. I have worked for Dr. Forwood since 2004. I’m extremely happy to be working in the orthodontic field, and I try to make a difference in each patient’s life by treating each with the utmost respect and care. I always offer patients a kind word and a smile when they visit us. My husband Ty and I have been married since 1985. We have an adult son, Cordell and a pit bull, Ginger. I love reading and spending time with my family, extended family and friends. I am also very active at our church, which Ginger attends with me regularly.
I have been working for Forwood & Christie since the fall of 2007. Before joining the practice, I worked in the medical field as a receptionist for 18 years. I worked first for a family practice and then for a general surgeon. Orthodontics is a new and exciting experience for me. I am really enjoying meeting and greeting all the patients. My husband Mike and I have been married since 1972. We have three grown and married children. We love spending time with our 6 grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my two dogs. I also like to knit, read, cook and crochet. I have been enjoying interacting with both the adult and young patients, getting to know them, and making them feel comfortable in our office.
Appt. Coordinator/Dental Assistant
I begin my career in dentistry in 1984. I graduated from Health Careers Academy in Cherry Hill, NJ. I have been working for Forwood & Christie Orthodontics since the summer of 2014. Before joining the practice I worked as a General Dental Assistant for 18 years, then I decided to specialize in Orthodontics as an Orthodontic Assistant. I have been an Orthodontic Assistant for 14 years and I love it. I am also trained as an Appointment Coordinator, I enjoy the interactions with the patients, both children and adults. Outside the office I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have a daughter (Dana), and a son (Earnest) both are grown and married. I have two grandsons and one grandson on the way, he’ll be born in March 2018! I am so excited! I love to sing, I am very active at my church and I sing on the church choir.
I began working in general dentistry in 1986. I started working in orthodontics in 1988 and I have worked for Dr. Forwood since 1990. I enjoy working in the office because I meet a lot of nice people, and I enjoy participating in the creation of their beautiful smiles. I have been married to my husband Bob since 1996. We have two daughters, Katelyn and Erica, a stepson Bobby and a daughter-in-law, Kaytee. We also have two grandchildren, Payton and Brogan. I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling to the beaches.
I started my career in dentistry at a pediatric dental office in 2004. I graduated from an Expanded Functions Dental Assisting program in 2010. I joined Dr. Forwood and Dr. Christie shortly thereafter. Joining the practice has brought me much pleasure and joy. I value interacting with patients and seeing the change orthodontic treatment can make. I have two sons, Aiden and Gavin. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, trips to the beach and watching football. Go Eagles!
I graduated from the expanded function dental assistant program at Allstate career school in 2011, I started working for a general dentist shortly after graduating. I was offered an amazing opportunity at Forwood and Christie Orthodontics where I started my career in 2015. I’ve grown and learned so much working here and enjoy helping patients fall in love with their smiles. Outside of the office I enjoy reading, watching football and traveling.
I have worked for Dr. Forwood since 1999. Before I joined Dr. Forwood’s staff, I was a pediatric dental assistant. I enjoy orthodontics and helping the patient feel comfortable about their treatment. I am married and have three grown and married children. We enjoy spending time with our many grandchildren. I am very active in my church and my hobbies include sailing, cooking and shopping. I also enjoy making jewelry in my spare time. I love being a grandmother!
I began working for Dr. Forwood in 2000. My duties are insurance/patient information coordination. I enjoy water color painting, gardening, learning Italian and traveling to Italy.
The Chesley office is located on the Chesley Office Campus on Baltimore Pike, halfway between the Blue Route (Route 476) and Route 252 in Media. It is less than a mile from Exit 3 (Swarthmore/Media) on the Blue Route. Our office is accessible for special needs.
The Wallingford Office (Spencer House) is located on the grounds of the Strath Haven High School and Middle School Campus. Students attending either of these schools can walk to the office without “leaving school.”