Meet the Team

 

Administration

 

Jenelle Jenelle

Financial Coordinator

Orthodontic treatment is a life-changing process. I love seeing how each person becomes happier, healthier, and more confident as their teeth are moved into proper position. I joined our practice in 2016 and love our family-oriented doctors and team members who make sure everyone feels at home. I work closely with patients and families on financial matters, including contracts, to make sure they are able to get the care they deserve. I also schedule visits and answer the phones.

My husband and I have a lovely daughter and a cat named Toothless. I enjoy getting outdoors, especially bike riding, traveling, and gardening. I also love dancing and volunteering.

 

Kari Kari

Insurance Coordinator

It’s so much fun to meet patients at the beginning of treatment. Their excitement is contagious and I love seeing how their lives change as they achieve a new smile! I became part of The Brace Place team in 2016, having started in the field in 1993. This is a fun office, filled with people who love helping others to smile with confidence. I handle insurance matters for patients, making sure they get the most from their benefits, and contracts. I also help with scheduling.

I came to Bend via Florida though I’m a California beach girl by birth. My husband Dan and I have a son, Ryan, and two incredible grandkids, Bo and Maisy Kate. Our precious dog, Whitney, is the princess of our home.

 

Karla Karla

Administrative Support and Human Resources

I love the connections that develop with our patients and families. Whether I’m talking with someone on the phone or chatting in person, we’re building a friendship and I love it! I started working here in 1995 and treasure each of the wonderful people I’ve met. I’m all over the front office, from answering the phones and scheduling visits to handling payroll and everything in between. It’s rewarding to be part of a team that builds trust and has fun while changing lives!

I actually live in Baker City and a lot of my work for The Brace Place is done remotely. I’m blessed to have this option.

 

Marie Marie

Treatment Coordinator

I’m lucky because I get to meet our patients and their families at their first visit and then follow their transformation! I’ve worked in orthodontics since 1997 and became part of our team in 2015. I can honestly say that the doctors and team at The Brace Place take great care of each other and, more importantly, our patients! I handle the initial consultations, answering questions about treatment, discussing their diagnosis and proposed plan, and making sure they have all the information needed.

I grew up in Portland, where I married my husband, Greg, and we raised our four kids. Moving to Central Oregon is, as I call it, “being on our honeymoon for life.” I enjoy hiking, rafting, kayaking, and love watching my grandsons!

 

Twila Twila

Treatment Coordinator

I love meeting new people and connecting with our patients and families. Seeing people’s smiles transform, and their confidence blossom, is the most incredible experience! Our doctors and team are knowledgeable, kind, and full of laughter. I’m so happy I joined the practice in 2014, bringing with me years of experience. I follow our new patients who aren’t ready to start treatment. I also help throughout the front office, however I’m needed, and I’m cross-trained to assist in the clinic, as well.

I’m happy to be living here in Central Oregon! I love anything outdoors: hiking, boating, and kayaking especially. I also love time with my husband, kids, and grandkids.

 

 

Shanda Twila

Communications Coordinator

Shanda joined The Brace Place in 2008.  Her favorite part of Orthodontics is helping spread the word about how easy it is to have a beautiful more confident smile!  "I have only had my braces off a few years and wish I would have done it 30 years ago!  I am thrilled with my new smile and it was such an amazing process!"  In her free time she enjoys belly dancing, riding horses, hunting and hiking.

 

Clinical

 

Cyndi Cyndi

Lab Technician

I love playing a part in transforming someone’s smile and, in doing so, transforming their life! It’s amazing to watch a person become more confident and happier as they see their smile change. We have an incredible team and doctors at The Brace Place: I’ve been with the practice since 1982 and love that we’re now creating smiles for the children and grandchildren of some of the first patients! I make indirect bracketing trays, custom mouthguards, and retainers that keep finished smiles perfect.

My passions? I love dentistry, travel, cooking, and Disneyland!

 

Dee Dee

Orthodontic Assistant

I love our patients and the excitement they bring to the practice. It’s so much fun to get to know them, hearing about their day and latest adventures. I started working in the field in 1992 and became part of The Brace Place family in 2016. We have a lot of fun here and everyone is thoughtful and caring. I am our OSHA Coordinator. I also assist the doctor with procedures, such as changing arch wires and indirect bonding, and I take X-rays and impressions.

Outside of work, I enjoy time with Dan, my husband, and our four children. We love camping, fishing, A&V adventures, and being together.

 

Denali Denali

Orthodontic Assistant

I love how, at The Brace Place, we transform not only people’s smiles but their self-confidence. My day is made when a patient who would barely smile when they started treatment is finished and has an ear-to-ear grin! I love working with this amazing group of people; they welcomed me in 2016 and I had instant friends. I work with the doctors, chairside, take impressions, and assist with indirect and direct bonding. I’m also our Social Media Coordinator and help plan our many events and contests.

I love the outdoors: camping, hiking, backpacking, swimming, rafting, skiing – you name it! I also love playing the piano and spending time with my family and friends.

 

Kristi Kristi

Orthodontic Assistant

I love seeing patients’ smiles – and lives – transform! It’s incredible to watch a person move from feeling self-conscious to being outgoing and excited to talk and laugh with others. I was so happy to join The Brace Place in 2016. We have wonderful doctors and a great team! I work chairside assisting the doctors and helping patients. I’m also our Team-Building Coordinator and work on marketing and events, too.

I have an amazing daughter who’s in college, a cat named Sammy, and a dog named Abby. I love to read, walk, hike, cycle, and am involved in my church activities and outreach groups as well. Spending time with my loved ones is a priority when not at work.

 

Lora Lora

Orthodontic Assistant

I am happy to help our patients as they change their lives with a new smile! We often become friends in the process and it’s rewarding to see people I care about smiling and laughing with confidence. My time in the dental field started in 1984 and I found my professional home – and family – here in 1994. I love working in a positive, supportive office, surrounded by fun, intelligent people who create smiles! I provide chairside assistance to our doctors and patients.

I’ve been married for more than 30 years and we love all the activities Bend offers. We’re outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy spoiling our little dog, Arty.

 

Morgan Morgan

Orthodontic Assistant

I may be one of the newest members of the Brace Place team, but I feel like part of the family already! I feel so lucky to spend my days assisting our doctors in creating beautiful smiles. I also enjoy traveling to all of our offices around Central Oregon; not only is it convenient for our patients, but it’s wonderful to see so much of the breathtaking scenery of the area. I love being a part of this team—they make work so much fun and easy to come in every day!

I just moved here from South Dakota with my dog, Charlie. I like to paddleboard, spend time outside barbequing and relaxing, hanging out with friends and family, and reading.

 

doctor and happy patient

“I just really appreciate everyone here and the kindness you've shown to our girls. I know their parents would be so happy to know they get such great care. The doctors always go way out of their way to help us every time.”~ Allison

“We just love it here! The honesty is great. I love that we don't feel taken advantage of, which unfortunately we have been elsewhere. You have a great staff and we think the best of you! Keep up the good work. The doctors are always wonderful and never rushed, which I love!”~ The Goff Fmamily

“I may not have been to other orthodontists, but from what I hear from my friends and family, The Brace Place seems the best. Every time you walk in you are greeted with a smile, shich always starts your day off right. Couldn't ask for a better staff!”~ Diane E.

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