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.


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.


Brenda, Receptionist

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.


Brianna, Orthodontic Assistant

Duties: Chairside assistant to Dr. Jeff

Brianna is a recent graduate of Smile Smart that is located on State Road 70 in Bradenton, FL graduating with a certificate in Expanded Functions Dental Assisting and a certificate in Radiology. Her favorite thing about working in orthodontics is seeing the changes in each patient’s smile. Being able to see the progression during each patient visit is rewarding to her. Working with children and her kind and helpful colleagues is her favorite thing about working at Orthodontic Specialists.

An animal lover who was born and raised in Palmetto, FL, Brianna is a proud graduate of Palmetto High School (Go Tigers!). When Brianna is not working she spends time with family, friends and her boyfriend. She enjoys game night with friends where they enjoy each other’s company, playing board games or simply sitting around having fun.


Donna, Patient Coordinator

Duties: Contracts, Coordinate new patient treatment plans

Donna has worked in dentistry for over 40 years. Donna began her dental career in her hometown of Bloomfield, NJ when she began working for her family dentist in high school. Working for the practice all through high school and college, she received on the job training as a dental assistant.

Orthodontics is different than general dentistry and Donna’s most favorite thing about working in orthodontics is that all the patients are happy and not in pain. Each visit with a patient is a pleasant one and watching the changing smiles brings her much joy. Donna enjoys the smaller, more intimate atmosphere of working for a family practice and she enjoys how much Dr. Jeff cares for his patients. Coming from a corporate practice with strict guidelines and deliverables she likes how Dr. Jeff can always do what is best for the patients.

Donna moved to Bradenton in 1984 and raised her two children here. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, boating, shopping and her most favorite thing is to spoil her grandchildren!

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