Dr. Murphy earned his degree in dentistry and subsequently completed his orthodontic residency at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He was elected to the very prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Alpha Tau Epsilon dental honor societies upon graduation from dental school. In his senior year of dental school he was also selected to be the recipient of the American Cancer Society cancer training fellowship. Following graduation from dental school he was offered and accepted a part time position as an adjunct clinical instructor at the USC School of Dentistry. He graduated at the top of his class in his orthodontic residency and was bestowed the Charles H. Tweed honor award. After his orthodontic practice was established in Grass Valley he served as a peer review consultant for the Butte Sierra Dental Society. For 10 years Dr. Murphy has been voted the best orthodontist in Nevada County by the Union Newspaper poll.

Dr. Murphy and his wife Bonnie live in Nevada City, and have three grown children and seven grandchildren. He is a committed road biking and cross country ski skating enthusiast, and tries to keep up with his grandchildren in swimming. 


Our friendly and extremely competent staff wants to make your orthodontic experience as fun and pleasant as possible. All of our assistants are Registered Dental Assistants, and we have a full time laboratory specialist in charge of fabricating all of our varied appliances “in house”. We are always here to answer any questions you may have about you or your child’s orthodontic care. 

Andrea has been with Dr. Murphy for 28 years and is known for her incredible sense of humor and knowledge about football. She is extremely competent  in maintaining our x-ray and photography systems. 

Cindy has been with Dr. Murphy for 34 years and is our very talented laboratory specialist (as well as a Registered Dental Assistant). When she isn’t tending to her garden she is fabricating "works of art" custom retainers.

Kim has been with Dr. Murphy for 34 years. She started with Dr. Murphy right out of high school and is our sterilization and Facebook guru. She also gets the credit for our awesome seasonal office decorations.

Leta has been with Dr. Murphy for 30 years and is our front office manager and financial coordinator, incredibly knowledgeable about insurance benefits. When not in the office she is enjoying the good life RVing.