The Dream Team



Emmy

Director of Operations

Although I was born in Erie, PA, my roots are planted in Fuquay-Varina. I have been in dentistry, and with Dr. Khara, for thirteen years. Originally, I wanted to be a dental hygienist, but quickly fell in love with orthodontics. When I am not at work, I head off to my  favorite place to be, Oak Island, NC! I enjoy spending countless hours on the water with my husband, daughter and our three dogs!


Offi

Office Manager

Although born in El Salvador, I grew up in New York and currently, North Carolina is where I call home.  I joined the dental field in 2006 after earning my dental assisting degree in NY and I have over 20 years of customer service.  Building lasting relationships with our patients and work family is very important to me.  I enjoy working with the best doctors and amazing dream team.  As a team, we will help our patients achieve a healthy and beautiful smile they will be proud of.  When my time is not spent at a soccer field, I love to travel with my husband and our three sons. 

 

Aunque nací en El Salvador, crecí en Nueva York y actualmente, Carolina del Norte es donde llamo mi hogar.  Me uní al campo dental en 2006 después de obtener mi titulo de asistente dental en Nueva York y tengo más de veinte años de servicio al cliente.  Construir relaciones duraderas con nuestros pacientes y familia ​de trabajo es muy importante para mí.  Disfruto trabajar con el mejor doctor y el increíble equipo de Dream Smiles sabiendo que como equipo, ayudaremos a nuestros pacientes a lograr una sonrisa saludable y bella de la que estarán orgullosos.  Cuando no dedico mi tiempo a un campo de fútbol, me encanta viajar con mi esposo y nuestros tres hijos. 


Ally

Clinical Supervisor

I am a Johnston County native. I have worked in the dental field and been a Dream SMiles family member for almost a decade! I am a wife and mom of 2 boys, which keeps me very busy! Fun facts about me: I am a hairstylist, we enjoy boating and camping, and we have a Great Dane named, Baymax! 


Rosa

Financial Coordinator

Any questions on planning for your orthodontia? I'm your person. I've been in the orthodontic field for over 5 years now. Oh how time flies, and I definitely wouldn't have it any other way. I love everything about the dream team and being a part of it. When I'm not in the office, I enjoy my time with my husband and son.  


Liz

Insurance Coordinator

I am originally from Massachusetts and relocated 16 years ago. Although New England will always be my home, I have fallen in love with North Carolina. I have worked for Dr. Khara now for almost 14 years! It is my home away from home, and all the people I work with have become family to me. I love to travel with my husband of 31 years and 25-year-old twin sons in my spare time. We enjoy

boating on the lake and hanging out with our new golden retriever puppy named Tessie. 


Pricila

Treatment Coordinator

I have been an orthodontic treatment coordinator for over 6 years and love working at Dream Smiles.  I have been blessed to work with such wonderful co workers and an amazing doctor.  I love the experience of watching smile transformations. It's amazing to see our patients grow as individuals and be a part of their beautiful smiles.  In my spare time, I love spending time with my two daughters and son. We love watching movies and getting our nails done.  If I have a minute alone, you can find me obsessing over my favorite soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo. 

  

He sido coordinadora de tratamiento de ortodoncia durante más de seis años y me encanta trabajar en Dream Smiles.  Tengo la suerte de ser bendecida con un increíble jefe y compañeras de trabajo.  Me encanta la experiencia de ver la transformacíon de las sonrisas de mis pacientes.  Es sorprendente ver a nuestros pacientes crecer como individuos y ser parte de sus hermosas sonrisas.  En mi tiempo libre, amo pasar tiempo con mis dos hijas y hijo.  Nos encanta ver películas y arreglarnos las uñas. Si tengo un minuto solo, puedes encontrarme obsesionando con mi jugador de fútbol favorito, Cristiano Ronaldo. 

 



Brandon

Clinical Assistant

I am born and raised in Raleigh, NC. I attended A&T University as an undergraduate, and am looking forward to attending the dental program at East Carolina University soon. In my quest to be an Orthodontist, I am thankful for the opportunity to gain experience with an awesome doctor and fantastic co-workers.


Courtney

Lab Coordinator

Born and raised in San Francisco California, I moved to Raleigh in 2006, and the south quickly grew on me. I have worked for for this amazing doctor and with this team since 2010.  I absolutely enjoy working with my amazing, crazy, fun work family!  My favorite part of my job is seeing shy individuals leave excited and happy with their new smiles that I helped to create.   In my spare time I enjoy DIY projects or somewhere soaking up some sun with my fur baby Bella and two daughters. 



Rebecka

Clinical Assistant

Born and raised in Johnston County, I am the 'country gal' in the office! I have been in the orthodontic field for five years and I absolutely love seeing our patients of all ages and helping them achieve their dream smile at the end of treatment. I consider my co-workers some of my greatest friends and enjoy working alongside them each day. Away from the office, you'll find me and my daughter, aka my little best friend, by the pool or lake catching some rays! When the sun goes down, we love spending quality time with our wonderful family and friends. 


Casandra

New Patient Coordinator

A southern California girl but raised in North Carolina, I am a newbie to the dental field.  However, I am enjoying this journey in which I have embarked.   I started my orthodontic treatment in this office.  I love my braces and seeing my transformation, but I must say I am amazed with seeing my patients transformations as well.  In my spare time, I love taking care of my babies, my cats, Rosie and Ellie.  I also love doing DIYS, spending time with family, and my husband. We are expecting our first child and can't wait to start our Journey with our baby boy!

 

Una chica del Sur de California pero criada en Carolina del Norte.  Soy nueva en el area de la ortodoncia y estoy disfrutando del viaje de aprendizaje dental en el que me he embarcado.  Comencé mi tratamiento de ortodoncia en esta oficina. Me encanta tener mis frenos y ver mi transformación, pero debo decir que también estoy asombrada de ver las transformaciones de nuestros pacientes.  En mi tiempo libre, me encanta cuidar a mis bebés , mis gatitas, Rosie y Ellie.  También amo pasar tiempo con mi familia, mi esposo, y hacer proyectos de arte. Estamos esperando nuestro primer hijo y no podemos esperar para comenzar esta parte de nuestras vidas con nuestro bebe. 


Maggie

Scheduling Coordinator

My family is from Honduras, but I was born and raised in Durham, NC also known as Bull City. I am currently a student at Wake Technical Community College and plan on becoming a dental hygenist. I am Trilingual, and fluent in Spanish, English, and Italian. I love to read, paint, and travel. My favorite places I've been to are Honduras and The Bahamas. In my spare time, you can find me planning my future wedding. 


Allen

Treatment Coordinator

I was born in New York but  raised here in North Carolina. I first met Dr. Khara and Staff as a patient getting my orthodontic treatment. I remember loving the atmosphere so much that I was inspired to become a orthodontic assistant myself. I enjoy meeting new patients and take pride in helping my patients have a fun and memorable experience while working on their dream smile! When I am not at work,  I enjoy spending time with kids or traveling. 


Logan

Clinical Assistant


Jordan

Clinical Assistant

I was born in the lovely city of Boston, MA but I call Garner, NC home. Since graduating dental assisting school, I have enjoyed working with Dream Smiles and seeing the results of our patients. Outside of work, I love participating in various events throughout our community and educating the public on their smiles.


Jen

Scheduling Coordinator

I'm a Salvadoran-Maryland girl that relocated to NC in 2017. I've been living back and forth between MD and NC my whole life. I enjoy being one of the first people patients' and parents meet here at Dream Smiles. With my warm and welcoming heart I will make the best out of every situation and will do my best to make sure you leave our office with all questions answered ready to come back for your next visit. I have a daughter named Melanie and she is my whole world! Outside of work I enjoy trying new restaurants with my daughter and amazing boyfriend, getting my nails done, and cooking.

Soy una chica Salvadoreña de Maryland que se mudó a NC en 2017. He vivido toda mi vida entre Maryland y Carolina Del Norte. Disfruto ser una de las primeras personas que los pacientes y los padres conocen aquí en Dream Smiles. Con mi corazón cálido y acogedor, sacare lo mejor de cada situación y haré todo lo posible para asegurarme de que salga de nuestra oficina con todas sus preguntas respondidas lista para regresar a su próxima visita. Tengo una hija llamada Melanie y ella es todo mi mundo! Fuera del trabajo, disfruto probar nuevos restaurantes en la ciudad con mi hija y mi increíble novio, arreglarme la unas y cocinar.


Vanessa

Clinical Assistant

I was born in the sunshine state, Florida but I was raised in North Carolina.  I've worked at Dream Smiles since 2017 and have trained in every department. My husband, Ivan, and I are middle school sweethearts and we have 2 daughters. Outside of work, I enjoy baking desserts, spending time with my family, and making people laugh. 


Hailey

Clinical Assistant

I grew up in Johnston county but recently moved to Harnett county in my new home with my two kittens, Lynx and Astro! My favorite thing to do is to watch a good series on Netflix while eating some good sushi! I’m also very family oriented so if I’m not home I’m probably out with a family member! In 2021, I graduated from NC dental U and became a DA I. I truly enjoy helping create the smile of one’s dreams. In the future, my plan is to apply to dental school and specialize in pediatric dentistry! I am grateful for the experience I get to gain with our awesome patients.


Daniela

Clinical Assistant

Originally from Bakersfield, California but grew up in Holly Springs, NC. My interest in orthodontics began when I was a patient at Dr. Khara's office at the age of 10. After graduating from Triangle School of Dental Assisting, I had the opportunity to work with the amazing Dream Team. I enjoy helping our patients achieve their beautiful smiles. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy doing arts & crafts and reading a good book.

 

Originalmente de Bakersfield, California pero creci en Holly Springs, NC. Mi interés en la ortodoncia comenzó cuando era paciente en el consultorio de Dr. Khara a la edad de 10 años. Después de graduarme de la escuela de asistencia dental, tuve la oportunidad de trabajar con el increíble equipo de Dream Smiles. Disfruto ayudar a nuestros pacientes a lograr sus hermosas sonrisas. En mi tiempo libre, disfruto pasar tiempo con mi familia y amigos. También disfruto leyendo un buen libro.


Andrea

Treatment Coordinator

Mexican girl at heart, but Clayton, NC is home. Mom of two who loves her iced coffee, family, and Netflix! Dentistry/orthodontics is a passion of mine especially when I get to use my most rewarding skill, being bilingual! Educating our Spanish-speaking patients is my favorite part of what I do. Working alongside our Doctor to plan each and every treatment is so fulfilling to me. Seeing the excitement within our patients to change their smiles for the better makes my heart happy. Inclusion is essential! Se Habla Español.

 

Mexicana de Corazón, pero Clayton, NC es mi hogar. Mamá de dos que ama su café frio, su familia y Netflix! La odontologia/ortodoncia es una de mis pasiones, especialmente cuando puedo usar mi habilidad mas gratificante, ser bilingüe. Educar a nuestros pacientes de habla hispana es mi parte favorito de lo que hago. Trabajar junto a nuestro Doctor para planificar todos y cada uno de los tratamientos es muy gratificante para mi. Ver la emociòn dentro de nuestros pacientes por cambiar su sonrisa para mejor me alegra el corazòn.


Legend

Clinical Assistant/Social Media Manager


Brittany

Clinical Assistant

North Carolinian born and raised! I have a beautiful daughter and come from a huge family; family is everything to me. My favorite vacation spot is the mountains (if I had it my way, I’d be living off the grid in Alaska haha) and you will always catch me singing. I have been a dental assistant in general dentistry since 2015 but have dreamed of being an Ortho assistant since I was 15. I’m the newest member of the Dream Smiles family and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I love what I do and being able to learn a new skill set has been so fun and rewarding. This group of people has made my Ortho experience, so far, everything and more than I could’ve imagined and I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of this family.


Amanda

I was born and raised in the heart of Johnston County. I've been in the dental field for over eight years, and I love it! My favorite part about working at Dream Smiles is being able to meet new people every day! In my free time, I enjoy being out on our boat and lounging by the beach with my 8-year-old daughter, Avery. We have a golden retriever named Gunner, who we love so much.


Caroline

I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I attended Lake Norman Dental Assisting school where I specialized in orthodontics. I recently moved to Johnston County and I'm the newest member of the Dream Team where it already feels like home. At work, I'm known for my quick wit personality. I enjoy learning new things and I can't wait to see where my new career takes me. In my spare time, I like to spend time with friends, drink coffee, and to the beach.

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