Meet the Team

We recognize that all of 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.

Front Office


Office Manager

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 30 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 volunteering with her daughter through the National Charity League and enjoys watching her son play baseball.


Appointment Coordinator

Brittany’s 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. Brittany considers our team her second family, and enjoys coming to work each day with such enthusiastic people.

When not at work, Brittany enjoys Disneyland, attending concerts, going to the movies, and traveling. She loves spending time with family and friends, including the family dog Buddy.

Treatment Coordinator


Treatment Coordinator

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 our treatment coordinator, Laura oversees new Invisalign® patient exams, makes the financial arrangements for treatment, and serves as a liaison between patients and Dr. Garlington. She enjoys attending continuing education to learn as much as possible and relays that information to her patients to improve their overall experience.

At home, Laura’s life is very family-oriented. She lives with her husband Jim, daughter Kayla, and son Connor. Some of Laura’s interests include travel, art, photography, reading, music, and concerts. She also enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.

Records Technician


Dental Assistant/Lab Technician

Taylor is one of our newest team members. She graduated from Cypress Dental Assisting with honors and was awarded Student of the Year in her program. Taylor enjoys working in our lab, where she creates models and retainers, as well as showing new patients around the office. We’re lucky to have her as part of our practice family!

In her free time, Taylor enjoys running on the beach, hiking, and attending Country music concerts. She is the oldest of six siblings and loves being around family and friends.

Clinical Team


Registered Dental Assistant

Mariana 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 getting to know our patients on a personal level and helping them transform their smiles. Along with the rest of our team, Mariana works hard but also has a lot of fun!

Mariana has a husband and three children, Jessica, Andres, and Alex, who definitely keep her on her toes! She’s working on improving her cooking skills and loves trying new recipes. Mariana spends most weekends in her backyard blowing bubbles, playing with chalk, or playing basketball with the kids.


Registered Dental Assistant

Working chairside and assisting Dr. Garlington with patient care, Melody helps with bending and placing wires, fitting bands, and the placement and removal of appliances. She really likes meeting new patients and their families, and building relationships based on trust with them. Melody loves creating beautiful smiles and seeing her patients’ confidence change after treatment.

Melody is married with three children and two dogs, a Pug named Mylee and a Pit Bull named Maci. She enjoys camping and traveling to new places, watching reality TV and “Game of Thrones,” and spending time with family and friends. She also plays on three soccer teams!


Registered Dental Assistant

Tina works chairside, tending to patients during their visits and providing support to Dr. Garlington during procedures. Spending so much one-on-one time with patients 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 self-confidence. Tina also appreciates working with Dr. Garlington—the best orthodontist in Long Beach!

When she’s not here at the office, Tina enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband, online shopping, reading, and watching Netflix. She also loves taking her nieces on outdoor adventures!


Registered Dental Assistant

Leslie joined our team in 2015. She works with patients undergoing Invisalign, braces, and other orthodontic appliances. Building connections with patients is what Leslie enjoys most about working in orthodontics, as well as seeing their beautiful smiles when they’ve completed treatment. She’s a great part of our supportive team and loves to laugh!

Leslie was born and raised in Long Beach. She has a black Labrador named Max who loves to go to the beach and get lots of attention. During her free time, Leslie enjoys reading, journaling, card making, and photography. Her faith and involvement in church are very important to her.

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