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, Special Events Coordinator
Duties: Manager of PR’s special events
Melissa has worked in the field of orthodontics and with Dr. Thompson since 2003. Her favorite thing about the practice of orthodontics is the professional, inviting, and growing practice itself, and that the staff complements each other well. Melissa’s favorite thing about working with Dr. Thompson is that he takes his job to heart. She enjoys seeing the joy he has when he makes patients’ smiles beautiful. Her favorite thing about her job is that she gets to be as creative as she desires.
Melissa is a native of Merrimack, New Hampshire. She currently lives in Bradenton with her husband Jeff, daughters Bryanna and Ella Grace, and sons Evan and Easton. Melissa enjoys working out, cooking, and spending time with and enjoying each one of her children.
Maria “Mia,” New Patient and Records Tech / Orthodontic Assistant
Duties: Consultations for new patients and taking all new and final records
Maria has worked with Dr. Thompson in the field of orthodontics from 1985 to 1988 and again in 2004 to the present. Her favorite thing about the practice of orthodontics is seeing the results of a patient’s treatment. Her favorite thing about working with Dr. Thompson is his sense of humor. Meeting new patients and working on tracings for surgical patients is her favorite part of her job.
Maria is a native of Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, and she has lived in Florida since 1985. Her family includes her husband Robert, and daughters Brianne and Blair. When she’s not working, Maria enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and going to car shows.
Janean, Patient Accounts Manager
Duties: Contracts, billing, collections, insurance
Janean has worked in the field of orthodontics and with Dr. Thompson since 1996. Her favorite thing about the practice of orthodontics is watching the before and after of each patient. Her favorite part of the job is working with patients and parents and meeting new people.
A native of Florida, Janean has lived in Bradenton since 1970. She has a son Joey, and a daughter Kristi. When not working with Dr. Thompson, she enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with family, and church.
Darla, Business Manager
Duties: Office bookkeeper, accounting, human resources
Darla has worked in the field of orthodontics and with Dr. Thompson since 1988. Her favorite thing about the practice of orthodontics is being a part of a team that contributes to creating a positive outlook for patients. She loves what our office stands for and how the doctor and staff work together to make beautiful, healthy smiles. Darla feels that her work has been and will continue to be one of her greatest opportunities.
Darla’s favorite thing about working with Dr. Thompson is that, for many years, the work has proven to be a real asset for her because of the establishment of a certain trust. “Dr. Thompson has given me the freedom to help the practice grow by allowing my ideas to become realities. Working in this capacity keeps everything fresh and has proven beneficial for the growing practice.” She truly enjoys the consistent mind stimulation of running the behind-the-scenes part of the practice. “I have been here for 20 years and still enjoy what I do at my job and this title carries a lot of responsibilities and never leaves room for monotony.”
Darla is a native of Florida and has lived in Bradenton since 1963. Outside of work, Darla enjoys gardening and family time with her spouse Robin, and daughter Katlynne.
Shannon, Orthodontic Assistant
Duties: Assistant to Dr. Jeff
Shannon worked with Dr. Jeff from 1991 to 1997 and returned to work with Dr. Jeff in 2014. Her favorite thing about the practice of orthodontics is seeing the beautiful smiles she helps to create. Her favorite thing about working with Dr. Jeff is his relationship with the patients and reputation for creating great smiles. Shannon’s favorite thing about her job is her interaction with the patients and working with a wonderful staff.
Shannon is a native of Genoa, Ohio, and she has lived in Bradenton/Palmetto since 1979. When she’s not at work, Shannon enjoys being with her husband, daughter, and son. She also enjoys fishing, crafts, and watching movies with her family.
Josie, Orthodontic Assistant
Duties: Chairside assistant to Dr. Jeff
Josie has worked in the orthodontic field and with Dr. Jeff since 2014. Her favorite thing about the practice of orthodontics is seeing how everyone helps one another. Her favorite thing about working with Dr. Jeff is it’s always a learning experience. Josie’s favorite thing about her job is knowing that we made a difference in our patients’ lives.
Josie is native of Bradenton. When she’s not here, she enjoys the outdoors, boating, fishing, biking, shopping, and family gatherings.
Autumn, Orthodontic Assistant
Duties: Chairside assistant to Dr. Jeff
Autumn has worked in the orthodontic field since 2012 and with Dr. Jeff since 2014. Her favorite thing about the practice of orthodontics is working in a positive atmosphere and with such a great doctor and team. Her favorite thing about working with Dr. Jeff is the fact that he is such a great teacher, with a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. Autumn’s favorite thing about her job is looking at the before and after photos and knowing she made a positive difference in their lives.
Autumn is a native of Minnesota and now lives in Gulfport. When she’s not at our office, Autumn enjoys going to the beach, spending time outdoors, and being with her family.
Hanna, Dental Assistant
Duties are: Chairside assistant to Dr. Jeff
Hanna has worked with Dr. Jeff since 2016 and has quickly settled in with the team. Her favorite thing about working in Orthodontics is the ongoing relationship building that occurs with orthodontic patients. She enjoys being more hands on and the increased patient interaction because she sees everyone monthly. Hanna's favorite thing about working at Orthodontic Specialists is the positive atmosphere and her favorite aspect about her job is working with such good people.
Hanna is a native of Palmetto, FL and when not at our office she can be found at the beach, fishing, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Duties: scheduling appointment, answering phones, patient check in and check out
Brenda has worked in the orthodontic field and with Dr. Jeff since 2014, but she worked for an oral surgeon for 24 years before that. Her favorite thing about the practice of orthodontics is watching the patients transform their smiles. Her favorite thing about working with Dr. Jeff is that he has a great sense of humor and makes the patients feel special when he is at their chair. Brenda’s favorite thing about her job is interacting with the patients and seeing the transformation of smiles.
Brenda is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and recently moved to Florida with her husband. When she’s not at work, Brenda enjoys spending time with family. She has a son who is married and who served in the U.S. Air Force.
Christen, Director Marketing
Duties: Social Media management, internal and external marketing, and website management
Christen has been a patient of Dr. Jeff’s since 2012 when her oldest daughter became a patient receiving treatment. Since then, her son, youngest daughter and husband have all been patients of Dr. Jeff’s and received orthodontic treatment. Christen just became a patient and is currently utilizing Invisalign to perfect her smile. Christen uses her skills, expertise and experience from working in the business world to assist Dr. Jeff and Orthodontic Specialists with social media management, internal and external marketing, and ensuring the website is up to date.
Christen is a native of Bradenton and the third generation to grow up in Manatee County. When she is not working she enjoys yoga, working out, spending time with her husband, mothering her three children, and spending time with her family and friends.
Perla, Sterilization Tech
Duties: Sterilization, clean chairs and instruments
Perla attended Dental Assistant school and graduated in 2016. Prior to joining Orthodontic Specialists she spent one year as a Dental Assistant in a general dental practice. Her interest grew and her desire to get into orthodontics lead her to Dr. Jeff and Orthodontic Specialists. She joined the team in April 2017 and is looking forward to learning more and growing within the team.
Perla grew up in Bradenton, FL and is a local native. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, her friends and she is passionate about make-up.