Meet the Doctors

Heather Stephens, DDS, MS

Dr StephensDr. Heather Stephens earned her DDS degree from the University of Southern California and then completed two years of post-graduate dental training during General Practice Residency (GPR) at UC San Francisco and the Veterans Medical Center in Sepulveda.

Following general dentistry training, Dr. Stephens completed three additional years of residency in orthodontics at USC, earning a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics as well as a Master’s degree in Craniofacial Biology.

Dr. Stephens has been part of the Clayton Valley Orthodontics family for many years. She was a patient at CVO while in college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She grew up in Martinez and attended Alhambra High School where she was on the track and cross country teams. She was also involved in the Briones 4-H horse, goat and chicken project groups. While at Alhambra, she met and started dating her now husband, Jeremy. Fun fact - your favorite CVO assistant Lauren is Jeremy’s mom (Dr. Stephens mother in law)!

When not helping patients with their smiles, her hobbies include running, cooking, listening to country music, bee-keeping, gardening, playing Pokémon Go, following @dog_rates on twitter and experimenting with 3D printing. 

She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the Contra Costa Dental Society.

Dr. Stephens goal is to help each patient achieve a smile that they love!

Stephen E. Ludwig, D.M.D., M.S.

Dr. Stephen E. Ludwig graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology in 1981. He attended Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he finished first in his class and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1986. Dr. Ludwig returned to California to complete orthodontic training at UCLA School of Dentistry, and received his Master's degree in Oral Biology in 1988. In 1993, Dr. Ludwig relocated to Northern California, where he currently practices in Concord.

Dr. Ludwig is an active member of the Contra Costa Dental Society, the American and California Dental Associations and the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Ludwig has been active in the Rotary organization and enjoys spending personal time with his wife and two sons.