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For Karen, the best part of her work is seeing young children grow up. The transformation that happens as a result of orthodontic care, in which a patient becomes more comfortable with their appearance, is truly amazing. Karen loves to witness patients’ increased self-confidence and self-esteem. As she reviews financial arrangements with every patient and family, Karen gets to meet and know everyone who comes here for care, and then follows their progress as their new smile develops. She also oversees the daily administrative duties in the office, verifies patient insurance, and schedules appointments.
Karen says that Dr. Garlington is the best orthodontist, period, and that’s not just because he’s her husband. Together, they have an adult daughter, Meghan, who is in her mid-20s. Karen enjoys golfing and boating during her time off.
Administrative Assistant and Registered Dental Assistant
Excellent at developing strong connections with our patients and their families, Pamela loves the relationships that develop during the course of orthodontic treatment. She’s passionate about orthodontics and has been working in the field for more than 25 years, so she’s great when it comes to explaining different processes and educating our patients. Pamela assists with patients and our care team, obtains each patient’s health history, and maintains patient records.
Some of Pamela’s personal interests include travel, running, and embroidery. She is active on the PTA and American Youth Soccer Organization boards, and is married with two children.
Laura loves that we change lives here by changing smiles. She enjoys talking with patients about the Invisalign process and how it will help create the smile they’ve always dreamed about, using virtually undetectable aligners. As the Invisalign treatment coordinator, Laura oversees new Invisalign patient exams, makes the financial arrangements for treatment, and serves as a liaison between patients and Dr. Garlington.
At home, Laura’s life is very family-oriented. She lives with her husband Jim, daughter Kayla, son Connor, and the family’s pets: a yellow lab named Chase and a grey kitty, named Luna. Some of Laura’s interests include travel, art history, photography, music and concerts. She is an avid cook and enjoys fitness activities, too.
Brittany says that her favorite part of her job is welcoming patients with a friendly “Hello!” and then catching up with them about what’s been happening since their last visit. She loves hearing about their lives and hobbies, and is always laughing at their jokes. When a patient’s appointment is finished, Brittany checks in to hear how everything went and to make sure that they’re leaving with a smile on their face. As our appointment coordinator, she returns phone calls, places reminder calls, and schedules patient visits. She also pulls charts, collects payments, and performs general office administration tasks as needed.
When not at work, Brittany enjoys dancing, photography, listening to music and attending concerts, and watching movies. She’s also into hiking and fitness activities and likes spending time with family and friends.
Registered Dental Assistant
Mariana loves getting to know our patients on a personal level. She is very good at encouraging our shyer patients to open up and is great when it comes to helping a reticent patient become excited about their orthodontic treatment. Mariana knows the difference that orthodontia makes in a person’s life, and she loves being part of that life-changing process. She works in our back office, assisting Dr. Garlington with procedures, and providing friendly support and encouragement to our patients. She’s also excellent at answering patients’ questions about their treatment and how orthodontics works.
Mariana loves going to Disneyland with her family, including her fiancé, son, and daughter. She also enjoys reading a good book, family movie time, and going out to eat.
Registered Dental Assistant
Melody really likes meeting new patients and their families, and building relationships based on trust with them. She loves learning about a patient’s hobbies and interests, and how their day has been, asking about their classes and sports activities. Working chairside and assisting Dr. Garlington with patient care, she helps with bending and placing wires, fitting bands, and the placement and removal of appliances.
Melody shares her life with husband, new son, and two dogs, a Pug named Mylee and a Pit Bull named Maci. She loves a girls’ night out with her friends, going to the movies, working out, and camping. She also plays soccer twice a week on a coed team, and she travels and plays in tournaments.
Registered Dental Assistant
Working closely with our patients during their visits allows Tina to develop a real rapport with each of them. She loves the friendships that develop and being an integral part of creating a great smile that increases the self-confidence of people she’s come to care about. Tina works chairside, tending to each patient during their visits and providing support to Dr. Garlington during procedures. She uses our Orthotrac and iTero software as part of the treatment process, and performs banding, as well.
When she’s not here at the office, Tina enjoys losing herself in a good book and shopping. She loves dining out and trying foods that are new to her from different cultures.