Getting braces doesn’t have to hassle. Dr. Melanie and her team love what they do and are dedicated to making treatment as comfortable, convenient, affordable and, yes, as fun as possible. We pride ourselves on outstanding service and have created a positive, laid-back atmosphere where our patients feel as though they’ve become part of our family.
Jan | Scheduling Coordinator
The first smile you’ll often see when you enter the office belongs to Jan, a San Diego native with a witty sense of humor and more than 20 years of experience in orthodontics and dentistry. She joined Dr. Melanie’s practice “because I would only work in a place where I would be happy to a patient,” she said. She’s a wizard when it comes to scheduling your appointments around busy work, school and family activities. She values your precious time.
Debbie | Treatment Coordinator
Debbie has been guiding patients through their treatments from initial consultation to completion since Dr. Melanie opened the office in 2007. She grew up in St. Louis but has lived in San Diego most of her life. She is a certified dental assistant and treatment coordinator who has spent her career in orthodontics. Debbie loves meeting new people, building trusting relationships with patients and watching them develop beautiful smiles. Her extensive knowledge and experience will help you find the most flexible and affordable payment options working with insurance, Heath Spending Accounts and in-house financing.
Ariana | Registered Dental Assistant
Her cheerful personality and leadership lead the back-office team that will ensure your comfort and satisfaction during each visit. Working with Dr. Melanie since the practice began, Ariana shares Dr. Melanie’s generous heart for the patients and for the community. Ariana grew up in Poway and graduated summa cum laude from California State University, San Marcos, with a degree in literature. She recently began studying business at UCLA. She and her husband reside in San Diego. (Can you tell she’s wearing Invisalign®?)
Lona | Dental Assistant
Lona joined Dr. Melanie’s practice in 2016 and quickly became part of the family by making patients feel comfortable. Her warm, gentle, humorous and fun-loving approach makes appointments enjoyable. She takes enormous pride in her work ethic and in advancing her skills to have the treatment outcomes. Lona grew up in Guam where proper dental care always seemed like a luxury, and her heritage has been a major driver in her pursuit of an orthodontics career. Her children had braces, and she loves seeing their smiles every day. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and studied in Palomar College’s dental assistant program. She admits to having a “love/hate relationship with running” and being called “a nerd, which I take as a compliment,” when it comes to all things “Star Wars.” And she’s about as tall as Yoda!
Sam | Dental Assistant
Sam landed with the practice — and orthodontics — in 2016 after an adventure-filled science route. A native San Diegan, she studied biology at Cal State University at San Marcos, research anesthesiology at University of California at San Diego and completed her dental training at Dental Pros Inc. in Temecula. She began her career in veterinary medicine and research for several years before discovering her love for dentistry. She’s married and has a daughter, Alleyne. (She wrapped up dental training while eight months pregnant!) “As a mom, I really enjoy the fun, family-friendly environment at Dr. Melanie’s office,” she says. When she’s not at work, she enjoys time with her family, camping, kayaking and traveling as much as possible. She also loves cooking, photography, scrapbooking and making costumes for Comic-Con and Halloween. She’s always ready for an adventure!