We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.


Melissa

Office Manager

staff member

Let me be the first to welcome you to Beaches Orthodontics! I know you’re going to love every step of treatment, from the first call to your final visit (though we hope you’ll come by and visit after completion to say hi!). Dr. Patel is an amazing orthodontist who creates incredible smiles and we have a great team, too. We’re all here to support you as you achieve your best, most beautiful smile!

We’ll meet at your consultation. I’ll help you with finances, including contracts and working with your insurance company to make sure you get the most from your benefits. I’ll file the insurance claims and follow-up on them. I also handle our billing and payment processing, schedule school events and sponsorships, and organize our Smiles 4 a Lifetime applicants.

When not in the office, I enjoy swimming, along with relaxing and reading by the pool. I share my life with my 94-year old mother and am blessed to have her here. I also have two rescued Shih Tzus, Penelope and Susu.


Deborah

staff member

Assistant

Hi! I’m called “Mama Ray” by many of our younger patients: pleased to meet you! Choosing orthodontic care is choosing to make a lasting change in your life and I’m excited to know you during treatment. I love spending my days with people who are becoming healthier and happier, and I really love becoming friends with patients. I look forward to becoming your friend, too!

I work in our clinic, where I do lots of different things. I provide chairside assistance to Dr. Patel, helping her during different procedures and making sure you’re comfortable in the process. I also handle our inventory / ordering, and a variety of daily tasks. My most important responsibility, and the one I enjoy most, is keeping you smiling!

My time off is family oriented: I love being with my husband, son, and stepdaughter. I also enjoy camping, Jimmy Buffet, and reading on a hammock.


Sophia

staff member

I am an expanded functions dental assistant here at Beaches Orthodontics. I received my dental assisting education from Fortis College in 2013. I started my dental career interning for Dr. Patel and this is when I realized my passion for orthodontics. A typical workday here is fun and energetic. I believe no other job is as rewarding as delivering a beautiful smile.

Elise

Scheduling and Patient Coordinator

Hello and welcome to Beaches Orthodontics! I’m looking forward to meeting you and becoming your friend as you achieve a beautiful new smile. I promise you’ll have a great orthodontic experience: Dr. Patel is an incredible orthodontist and our team will keep you laughing throughout every visit.

I work at our front desk and it’ll probably be me that greets you when you walk through the door. I’m here to schedule your appointments and will work hard to find times that work with your busy life. I’ll also verify your insurance, update your records, and am always glad to answer questions about treatment or anything else.

When not working, I love spending time with my husband, Trent, and our beloved fur baby, Jax! Trent and I were college athletes; now we enjoy staying active and spending time at the beach.

Shuana

Assistant

Welcome to Beaches Orthodontics! I’m excited that you’ve decided to get a new smile and am happy I’ll get to be part of the amazing process. Not only does treatment straighten teeth and create pleasing smiles, it’ll improve your self-esteem and help you feel more confident in all parts of your life!

I work in the clinic area. I’ll seat you, prepare you to see Dr. Patel, and explain what will happen. Sitting chairside, I make sure Dr. Patel has everything needed while helping her with adjustments and other processes. I’ll check to make sure you’re comfortable and encourage you to keep up with your home care!

Outside the office, I love to travel, enjoy exploring nature and photography, and I like coffee and trying new restaurants. I’ve a puppy named Stormy who keeps me entertained, too!

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