Meet the Team

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.


 

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Melissa

Office Manager

I have been in the dental field for almost 30 years. I started as a dental assistant originally, then moved to the front office, and am now the office manager. I handle all your financials and insurance claims for you.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, relaxing by my pool, and playing with my three Shih Tzus.

  • If you were a superhero, what would your power be? To be able to fix anything.
  • Food you could eat for every single meal: I couldn’t, I like variety too much.
  • Favorite movie: Tie between “Pretty Woman” and “Ghost”
  • What do you hate that everyone else loves? Driving, especially over bridges.
  • What is your favorite holiday? Christmas!
  • In the story of your life, which celebrity would play you? Shirley MacLaine
  • Are you an early bird or a night owl? I’m an early bird Sunday through Thursday, but become a night owl Friday and Saturday!

 

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Deborah

Treatment Coordinator

I have been in the dental field for more than 40 years, and have been in orthodontics for almost that long! I worked in the clinic for most of my career, but recently made the switch to treatment coordinator and love it!

In my time off, I like to hang out with my husband, son, and stepdaughter as much as possible.

  • If you were a superhero, what would your power be? To love more than anyone could possibly love.
  • Food you could eat for every single meal: Salad
  • Favorite movie: “The Equalizer” — it’s the best when the good guy wins!
  • What do you hate that everyone else loves? Guacamole, yuck!
  • What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and all the joy it brings.
  • In the story of your life, which celebrity would play you? Lucille Ball
  • Are you an early bird or a night owl? Early bird, tweet tweet!

 

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Claudia

Assistant

I love working at Beaches Orthodontics and helping patients achieve a beautiful smile! I’m a very driven person who is working on my degree while working full time. When I’m not at work or school, I am passionate about traveling and painting.

  • If you were a superhero, what would your power be? Invisibility and teleportation — why choose just one?!
  • Food you could eat for every single meal: Ask anyone who knows me; the answer is rice!
  • Favorite movie: “Forrest Gump”
  • What do you hate that everyone else loves? Coconut — I dislike the smell and the taste.
  • What is your favorite holiday? Christmas — let it snow!!
  • In the story of your life, which celebrity would play you? Emma Watson, since we both have wild hair.
  • Are you an early bird or a night owl? Neither, I’m just always sleepy!

 

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Katlyn

Assistant

I have been a dental assistant since 2012 and have worked in orthodontics since 2013. Originally from Pennsylvania, I joined the Beaches Orthodontics team in February 2018. I love coming to work every day and try to always have a smile on my face! I am always up for an adventure and will rarely say no!

  • If you were a superhero, what would your power be? Teleportation
  • Food you could eat for every single meal: Waffles!
  • Favorite movie: “Aladdin” and ALL of the Harry Potter movies
  • What do you hate that everyone else loves? Cilantro! It tastes like soap.
  • What is your favorite holiday? Halloween and Thanksgiving
  • In the story of your life, which celebrity would play you? Amy Schumer
  • Are you an early bird or a night owl? I’m an early bird, but I have a few night owl tendencies.

 

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Liz

Scheduling Coordinator

I joined the Beaches Orthodontics team in February 2018. I am the scheduling coordinator by title, but I do everything from tech support to marketing to school outreach programs. I love my job because no two days are ever the same!

In my free time, I enjoy running, cooking, baking, and spending time with my partner Danny and our families.

  • If you were a superhero, what would your power be? Invisibility
  • Food you could eat for every single meal: Bell peppers. I eat them raw like apples and everyone thinks it’s strange.
  • Favorite movie: “American Beauty”
  • What do you hate that everyone else loves? Music festivals. They are way too crowded and loud for my taste.
  • What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving! Cooking, seeing my family, watching football and eating all day is my perfect day.
  • In the story of your life, which celebrity would play you? One of the Olsen twins
  • Are you an early bird or a night owl? Early bird!

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Michelle

Assistant

I have been in dentistry for more than 15 years, but made the move to orthodontics in 2018 when I moved from Georgia to Jacksonville and started at Beaches Orthodontics.

I am married with three beautiful kids and am very close to all of my family! In my spare time, I love arts and crafts!

  • If you were a superhero, what would your power be? The ability to fly
  • Food you could eat for every single meal: Mexican food! So many options.
  • Favorite movie: “Beauty and the Beast” and “Pitch Perfect”
  • What do you hate that everyone else loves? Mushrooms
  • What is your favorite holiday? Christmas. It’s amazing to see my children get into the holiday spirit.
  • In the story of your life, which celebrity would play you? Melissa McCarthy
  • Are you an early bird or a night owl? Night owl

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Cassie

Assistant

I recently moved to Jacksonville from Atlanta and got engaged! I’ve been in orthodontics for half a dozen years. Working chairside with Dr. Patel and all of my co-workers is amazing. I wake up excited to come to work!

  • If you were a superhero, what would your power be? Teleportation, so I can easily visit my family back in Atlanta.
  • Food you could eat for every single meal: Bread!!!
  • Favorite movie: “Walk the Line”
  • What do you hate that everyone else loves? “Game of Thrones.” I don’t get the hype.
  • What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving. I love to get to see all my family and spend time with them.
  • In the story of your life, which celebrity would play you? Reese Witherspoon
  • Are you an early bird or a night owl? Early bird!