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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.

Erica

Regional Business Manager / Human Resources

Erica Regional Business Manager / Human Resources

I was given the opportunity to join Dr. Sanders’s team in 2012. I started out as a scheduling coordinator, transitioned into the role of insurance coordinator, and from there to office manager of all of our locations. In 2020 I made the transition into the role of managing the business and personnel on a larger scale. It’s been such a privilege to experience this growth in our team over the years! While you may not see me at every visit anymore, I’m still deeply committed to making sure our team makes everyone’s experience in our office positive and enjoyable. Our patients are like family and it's so fun to watch them grow and change throughout their treatment. It is truly a privilege to work with talented professionals who like to make a difference in our patients’ lives as much as I do. Dr. Sanders is truly a compassionate individual and values me for the contributions I make to our team, which makes all the difference to me. He exceeds expectations as a boss, a doctor (I was a patient myself), and overall, as a really great individual. Outside of the office you can find me traveling abroad; Cape Town, South Africa has become my second home and is where I met my husband. I am also very passionate about fostering my creative side. I love to paint, design, and you can likely find me doing freelance photography on the weekend.

Chelsea

Rancho Cordova Office Manager

Chelsea Rancho Cordova Office Manager

Aloha! I’m Chelsea! I joined Dr. Sanders team in 2015 and started out as the financial coordinator. Now, as the manager of our central office in Rancho Cordova I get to help the team in all areas of our daily operations. I’m still involved in helping with financial plans and insurance, but my primary focus is to help our team succeed in making your visit with us the best it can be. I really enjoy catching up with our patients whenever I can and seeing their smiles progress. I may even try to persuade you to feature that beautiful smile on our social media from time to time! You worked hard for it and It deserves to shine! Outside of work, my favorite place to be is around the dinner table spending time with friends and family or serving the youth in my church! I love traveling, arts and crafts time, being in the water, and all things SacTown!

Zaira

Placerville Office Manager / Treatment Coordinator

Zaira Placerville Office Manager / Treatment Coordinator

Hi! I’m Zaira! I manage our Placerville location and also work as a treatment coordinator. As the office manager of Placerville, it’s important for me to make sure your visit runs as smoothly as possible and that you enjoy your experience in our office! I also work as a treatment coordinator and will help new patients during their first visit with our team. I get to educate patients about their specific treatment plans, help coordinate insurance benefits, and assist patients in making financial arrangements that fit within their family’s budget. My favorite part of my job is patient interaction! Our patient family is so diverse; it is so fun getting to know families and patients while they are in the office. I enjoy having the tools to help them and make their orthodontic experience as pleasant as possible. As I am fluent in Spanish, I enjoy being able to help our patients and parents who speak Spanish feel at ease and comfortable when starting and going through treatment. It is so exciting to see how patients progress and to see their great smiles at the end of treatment. I enjoy cooking, (attempts at) baking, and being outdoors. Day hikes and trips are my favorite thing to do on any weekend. Although I am not a sports enthusiast, I am a sports fan and love going to soccer, baseball, and football games. I’m also a proud Tia (Auntie) to my darling niece and nephew, Luna and Jonah.

Julie

Elk Grove Office Manager / Front Office Training Specialist

Julie Elk Grove Office Manager / Front Office Training Specialist

Hi, I'm Julie! I manage our Elk Grove location and also work as the front office training specialist for all new staff. One of the things I enjoy most about my job is getting to know our patients! As the Elk Grove office manager, it is my job to ensure that your visit with us runs smoothly and that you enjoy your experience with us. The best part of my job is being able to witness our patient's smile transformation; seeing how happy patients are with their new smiles and the newly gained confidence makes my day! Our patient family is so interesting and I especially enjoy the diversity of patients we see on a day-to-day basis. I was raised in a Ukrainian family and can fluently speak Russian and Ukrainian. I have a degree in Business and Healthcare Administration and I love that I get to use my degree every day. In my free time, I work with my church youth group and I love it, especially working with teenagers. I have had an opportunity to travel abroad to do volunteer work and teach English. I love trying new foods and exploring new places. I hope to continue traveling and seeing more of the world.

Baigalmaa

Orthodontic Assistant

Baigalmaa Orthodontic Assistant

My name is Baigalmaa and I'm a proud member of the Sunrise Orthodontics team! I recently graduated from Sacramento City College with my A.S. in Dental Assisting degree and I have become an RDA and CDA. I got the opportunity to join this amazing team by studying here as a dental assisting student extern. Dr. Sanders and the entire staff have been a joy to learn from. One of the most rewarding parts of being an orthodontic assistant is the happiness and appreciation our patients give us for what we do. We enjoy making people more confident in themselves and helping them achieve better bite function and a beautiful smile. Away from the office I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and we have a son and a daughter who make our lives brighter and joyful. We love traveling and learning new cultures!

Brianna

Sterilization Technician

BrianaSterilization Technician

Hi! I’m Brianna! My jobs main focus is to clean and sterilize instruments used in the clinic throughout the day. I also help the Orthodontic assistants with anything they need, from cleaning chairs and setting up trays for the next appointments to taking records if they need my help. My favorite thing about working at Sunrise Orthodontics is the way everyone works as a team. Everyone is so positive and helpful. It truly makes working here a huge plus. Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time with my lovely little family; my son Kaiden and boyfriend Anthony. We enjoy anything from watching movies together to going on walks to get ice cream.

Carrie

Treatment Coordinator (RDA)

Carrie Treatment Coordinator (RDA)

I love getting to know the wonderful people in our community. Along with my team members, I’m driven to give our patients the best orthodontics experience and make sure they’re always laughing during their visits. Seeing their warm and happy smiles and how confident they become is the best feeling. I’ve been part of the office since 2016 and love everything about it. I have two beautiful daughters and a WONDERFUL husband of nearly 20 years. They keep my life very busy and exciting. Outside work, I love to spend time with friends and family; I run half marathons, and weekends are filled with watching our oldest daughter play on her competitive soccer team!

Daisy

Orthodontic Assistant

Daisy Orthodontic Assistant

As an orthodontic assistant, I get to help our patients and orthodontists at each of their appointments, as well as educate patients on their treatment. I started working at an orthodontic office in 2014 for about 5 years, and then my family moved to Sacramento. I worked for a few months at a general office, and then I joined this team in 2020. My favorite part about my job would be that I get to witness the difference, progress, and process of our patient's treatment. I love that there is such a welcoming and loving team and teamwork here at Sunrise Orthodontics. I definitely enjoy being at work. Outside of work, I love that my 2 siblings and I (I'm the oldest) are so spontaneous. Taking road trips is so much fun; usually, they start out of the blue, and most of the time are spontaneous. I don't have any children yet, but I have a fur baby; Boots is a mini schnauzer, and love cuddles, and I don't mind at all. My favorite activities are cooking, baking, and any outdoor activities, especially going to the beach. Giving back to my local community is so rewarding and fun; Christmas is my favorite community event I like to volunteer at; it's a great feeling seeing smiles on the young kiddos.

Loreana

Orthodontic Assistant

Loreana Orthodontic Assistant

Hi, I am Loreana! I am so happy to be a part of the Sunrise Orthodontics team as an orthodontic assistant. Most of the time you will see me working chair-side helping our patients and orthodontists. This is my first job in the dental field, and my favorite part of it is getting to know all our patients, and seeing everyone become even more confident and happy with their smile. It all started out in 2015 when I was a patient at Sunrise Orthodontics. I always felt so great and welcomed coming to my appointments, that I ended up going from patient family to work family. Our team is so caring, welcoming and always ready to help which makes our job even more enjoyable. I have a brother and two sisters; we are all so close and I love them all so much! Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my family. We love going on trips, but we also really enjoy just spending our days at our home cooking lots of food and spending time together. I have an amazing boyfriend named Ross who has made Washington State feel like my second home. I can’t wait to meet you at your next appointment!

Issa

Call Center Supervisor

Issa Call Center Supervisor

Hola! I’m Issa! I am head of the call center team in our central office in Rancho Cordova! We handle calls for all locations so I'm likely one of the first people that you will speak to when calling the office. I also speak Spanish fluently, so I love helping our Spanish-speaking patients in their native language to help make them more comfortable. I feel very blessed to work here. Having the opportunity to work for Dr. Sanders is incredible because I'm getting to know so many people, and I’m able to witness changes through their treatment, which is something really unique. I enjoy celebrating with each of them when they have their braces removed; those smiles are priceless!!! Dr. Sanders and all the staff are amazing people; they make me feel part of this family; it really is a happy place 🙂 When I'm not at work, I am with my husband and my son. We moved recently from El Salvador, so we are still getting used to everything!!! We love to spend our time meeting new people, trying new foods, and exploring new places. We are super coffee lovers, so finding good coffee shops is a must on our weekends.

Bri

Call Center Representative/Private Insurance Specialist

Bri Call Center Representative/Private Insurance Specialist

Hi, I’m Bri! I started working for Sunrise Orthodontics in 2021. I started out as a scheduling coordinator and have most recently transitioned into our call center. My job entails scheduling patients and celebrating their awesome smiles along the way. I also help our customers with their private insurance questions and help them maximize their benefits throughout their treatment! I am new to the dental field, but I did have braces in the past so I was familiar with the process when I began working here. My favorite part of the job is celebrating the new smiles everyone worked so hard for! My team is so kind and fun to work with, we all work together to make each other’s jobs flow and it's honestly amazing. I have 2 cats, Prince and Torty - a black cat and tortoiseshell cat with lots of Tortitude. I also love to travel and go to concerts; I've seen around 40-50 different artists in concert and can't wait to get back out there to another show. I have an awesome collection of records and funko pops, and I love to craft and do a lot of DIY projects.

Jasmine

Spanish / English Scheduling Coordinator

Jasmine Spanish / English Scheduling Coordinator

I am one of Dr. Sander’s Front Office Scheduling Coordinators and Spanish Interpreters. I get to help patients find the right appointment time that works for them, answer incoming calls and greet patients every day. Working with my team at Sunrise Orthodontics has been an amazing experience. From the care, Dr. Sanders takes with each and every one of his patients to the way he treats his staff like family, I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. It has been such a privilege to watch patients walk into our offices and take their first steps towards improving their smiles and, most of all, witnessing patients walk out of the back office at the end of their orthodontic treatment and being there to celebrate the journey and commitment it took to get to that point. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such an amazing and welcoming team and to be able to be part of the process of providing patients with smiles they can feel confident showing off! When I’m not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as planning as many trips and adventures as I possibly can. Some of my favorite destinations include Northern California beaches and state parks, and little coastal beach towns. When I’m not exploring nature, you can find me relaxing with a good book, absorbed into some Netflix series, and spending quality time with my precious son Jayce.
Caitlin

Caitlin

Orthodontic Assistant

CaitlinOrthodontic Assistant

Hi, I'm Caitlin and I work as an orthodontic assistant! My job entails providing chair-side assistance to the orthodontist(s) and ensuring that patients are well-informed about orthodontic procedures, how to properly care for their braces, retainers and Invisalign. I began working at this office in late 2021; I started work in the dental field in pediatric dentistry as a dental assistant for a year, then made the switch to orthodontics. My favorite part about being an orthodontic assistant is that I get to help create smiles that boost patients confidence and self-esteem. I feel so lucky that I get to work with this fun and energetic team! Everyday I’m still so amazed at how knowledgeable and caring the doctors and the team are. A little bit about myself, I have 2 children who will soon start their orthodontic journey and I’m so excited! When I’m not at work I enjoy hiking, camping, dirt bike riding, going to live shows and traveling.

Monica

Russian / English Scheduling Coordinator

MonicaRussian / English Scheduling Coordinator

Working in the front office, I get to greet all of the wonderful patients that come in, help them schedule, and answer any questions or concerns. I also get to help new patients calling to schedule their consultation with questions and verification of insurance benefits to assure the transition is as easy as possible. As a fluent Russian speaker, I love that I get to help our Russian speaking patients and their families in their native language whenever needed. The most wonderful part of my job is being in an environment that is so encouraging, cheerful and hardworking! Dr. Sanders and the team try their hardest to bring the best quality of treatment, and our patients are truly a ray of sunshine that makes me excited to come back every day! My favorite activities on summer days is going to the lake on a paddle board or inflatable island with a group of friends. I love road trips and traveling, especially when it's spontaneous! During rainy days, I enjoy opening all the doors and windows and curling up in three blankets with a good book to read, a fun educational podcast to listen to or an old TV show to re-watch with my husband, Richard.

Stephany

Sterilization Technician

Stephany Sterilization Technician

I am a sterilization technician at Sunrise Ortho! New to this team and the dental field, I joined the team in 2020; and I love it so much! I have been learning so much about orthodontic assisting and have taken several courses so far that have allowed me to be a great help to the team. My favorite part about my job is working in the lab when our lab technician is away. I have fun making retainers! I love working with the doctors and the rest of the team because everyone is so supportive and nice to me and they push me to achieve things I didn't think I could! Everyone in the office feels like family to me since we're together for most of the day! Outside of work I love to be active and visit new places. I love hiking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, biking, long walks, and when it's snowing I love going to the mountains to go sledding. I also have a store on Etsy and Instagram where I sell customized cups I enjoy making in my spare time. If I'm not doing any of these things you can catch me binging on Netflix shows.

Veronica

Registered Dental Assistant / Spanish Interpreter

Veronica Registered Dental Assistant / Spanish Interpreter

My family moved from Guadalajara, Mexico to California in 2016. Originally, I was born in San Francisco but moved to Guadalajara to complete my education and formal training as a foreign dentist. Since calling California home, I am blessed to have found a job where the work atmosphere is awesome. There are a lot of patients here who provide me the opportunity to practice orthodontics, which I love. These are a few of the things that make me smile and I hope to share with my patients. The two most important people in my life are my baby daughter and my husband. On weekends, I look forward to long walks with my daughter and soaking in the moments I see her laugh and grow. Some of my favorite things include Chinese food, R & B music, and watching the show “Friends.” Una sonrisa es única. Sonríe siempre.
Teresa

Teresa

Call Center Representative

TeresaCall Center Representative

Hi! I'm Teresa! As a call center representative I help with answering phones, helping patients, and assist with marketing and insurance. I started working with the team in 2021 which is also when I began my journey with a career in dentistry. Although I am new to the dental field, everyday I learn something new and Sunrise Orthodontics has allowed me to grow in such a short time. My favorite part of the job is coming to work and ready to learn new things everyday. Both Dr. Sanders and Dr. Kim are very caring and always willing to help patients. I enjoy working with the entire team as they have been extremely helpful and patient in my growth here in the practice. I love to spend time with my two sons and husband. We enjoy cooking together as a family and love watching shows such as the Discovery Channel, Chopped and Jeopardy. We enjoy going to the ocean whenever we are able to and when the weather permits specifically Fort Bragg is our favorite place.
Malina

Malina

Orthodontic Assistant

MalinaOrthodontic Assistant

Hi! I'm Malina and I work as an assistant in the back office. I help by providing patients with excellent care and assisting the doctors. I started my dental career journey in 2021 and have loved it so far! My favorite part about my job is being a part of the journey for our patients to be proud and confident in their smile. Our team has been very welcoming and helpful, I love learning from them all. I am a mama and a military wife. If I can find some free time, I enjoy painting on canvas, drawing and watching Law and Order: SVU. I love working in my community and previously have been a part of multiple nonprofits involving feeding and clothing our community members experiencing homelessness, providing resources and mentorship to young and single mothers, as well as in a school district creating engagement projects for our youth.