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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.

Linsey

Clinical Coordinator / Orthodontic Assistant

Linsey Clinical Coordinator / Orthodontic Assistant

I have been working in the dental field for nearly two decades and have been an RDA for more than half of that time! I previously worked in pediatrics for ten years and fell in love with orthodontics soon after that. I love watching smiles change and confidence grow in each of our patients. The best part of this job is the relationships we build with the families in our practice. As our clinical coordinator, I help manage the clinical team daily and ensure that our team provides you with the most excellent care during your treatment. I help to develop the clinical staff to ensure accuracy and efficiency always. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and, most importantly, my dogs! I love being outdoors and enjoy camping, fishing, and hiking. I look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

Alan

Call Center Representative

Alan Call Center Representative

I joined the team in 2020 and helped launch the first-ever call center for Sunrise Orthodontics and Placerville Orthodontics. My primary role is to be the first person you speak to whenever you call the office and help you out! I enjoy helping schedule appointments; whether it's your first visit or you're well on your orthodontic journey. It's always my goal to make your phone experience a great one. I am also fluent in Spanish, so I enjoy helping customers in their native language. I really enjoy helping people start the journey towards a smile they love. I really enjoy working here so much because everyone is nice and helpful. When I'm not at work, I like to hang out with my wife and pets (3 cats and a dog). I enjoy watching a variety of TV series and playing video games when I have free time.

Anthony

Orthodontic Assistant / Dental Supply Coordinator

Anthony Orthodontic Assistant / Dental Supply Coordinator

I started my dental career in 2011, once I started ortho assisting I never looked back, I love the fast pace environment and hands on experience! The favorite part of my job I would have to say is, providing great customer service to all of our patients, I love seeing new smiles and meeting new people of all ages. Working with Dr. Sanders has been amazing. I love the fact he has a good heart and treats people like you would want to be treated. He is well respected all around, as far as my team; I wouldn't want to work with any other group of people. Everyone here treats each other like they are family. I love working with a group of people that are all on the same page and have lots of respect for one another, happiest place on earth to work, Yeeeeeee two thumbs up! I'm a proud husband to my beautiful wife Joanne (The Queen), who is my best friend, my rock and my biggest fan. I'm also a father of 7 fabulous boys. We all enjoy going on family trips and spending quality time together. As a father I love to be involved in all my kids’ sports activities from coaching baseball and football or being they're biggest fan on the sideline or in the bleachers cheering them on!

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.

Elia

Financial Coordinator

Elia Financial Coordinator

Hi, my name is Elia! I joined Dr. Sanders and the team as a scheduling coordinator and Spanish interpreter, and in 2020, I was promoted to be the team's Financial Coordinator. I’m still likely one of the faces you will be greeted by when you first walk into our office, but my primary focus now consists of handing all of our financial systems and processes. This includes setting up contracts, payment arrangements, and processing collections. This is a really great role for me because I am an organization enthusiast and love spreading that enthusiasm around the office. 😊 I love getting to know all of our wonderful patients and seeing everyone transition into their new smiles. I also love that I get to help make treatment more affordable for people so that they can invest in their smiles, which is priceless. I enjoy working in such a fun office with my wonderful coworkers. Out of the office, you can find me spending time outdoors with my fiancé and our dog Van. We love to go on hikes and visit new restaurants in our new city of Folsom. Our most favorite place to visit is Lake Tahoe. I also enjoy taking drives to anywhere I can stop and look at cows, which are my favorite.

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.

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.

Margie

Scheduling Coordinator

Margie Scheduling Coordinator

Hi, my name is Margie! I came onto the Sunrise Orthodontics team in mid-2020 as a scheduling coordinator and Russian interpreter. This is my first job in the dental field, and I'm so happy that Sunrise Orthodontics is the place I can learn. I have been gaining a LOT of knowledge and experience here, and I love seeing the amazing work that both Dr. Sanders and Dr. Kim are achieving! I can easily say that my favorite part about my job is seeing patients' progress, meeting new faces every day, and the BEST: seeing the beautiful smiles of our patients! I love working with such a passionate and caring team that truly strives to get the best out of every day for each and every patient that walks through our doors. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my German Shepherd-Pitt, Athena, and visiting my fiancé in Indiana! I love exploring different places with him and trying out new things that take me out of my comfort zone. When I'm at home, though, I like to curl up in bed with some snacks and re-watch The Office over and over again!

Michele M.

Orthodontic Assistant

Michele M.Orthodontic Assistant

I have been in the orthodontic field for over 18 years and I really enjoy what I do! I joined Dr. Sanders's team in early 2016 when I relocated from the Bay Area and I have enjoyed working in multiple positions in the office. Most days you will find me assisting the doctor chairside. What I most enjoy is seeing our patients' smiles transform. I have a beautiful daughter who is going into her senior year of high school soon! My family and I also foster dogs through a dog rescue organization. We all enjoy cooling off in the river and going for walks at the park.

Michelle S.

Orthodontic Assistant / Lab Technician

Michelle S.Orthodontic Assistant / Lab Technician

I am the other Michelle in the office who's known for her rapid walk and goofy song impersonations. I have been an orthodontic assistant for over 25 years and have called Washington and Louisiana home as well. My focus is doing the lab work for the office, which includes same-day deliveries for retainers. I love coming to work because I get to spread my infectious positive energy and jam out to upbeat music throughout my day. Fun pastimes for me occur when I'm involved in any outdoor activity ranging from four-wheeling to kayaking. My son keeps me young and competitive when we play X-box. Having a son also allows me to connect easily with my patients. My longest project has been renovating my house. I have two dogs and recently rescued a pet squirrel I named Steve. In ten years from now, you can still find me riding my Harley and having glow stick pool parties with my husband. I'm mostly grateful for my family and to be able to work a fulfilling job with a great team of co-workers. I look forward to creating new memories like dressing up as fun characters from movies like “Trolls” or "Toy Story" and finding out what next year's Halloween costume theme will be.

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.

Raelynne

Orthodontic Assistant

RaelynneOrthodontic Assistant

My name is Raelynne, but you can call me Rae for short. I'm an orthodontic assistant and I have so much fun helping our patients smile! I get to work in the clinic and help our patients on their orthodontic journey, whether it be with braces, Invisalign, or treatment with an appliance. I absolutely love working with Dr. Sanders and this whole amazing team! The environment is positive and energetic, and my day flies by since I get to do a little bit of everything. I also love that I get to have conversations with my fabulous patients to find out how their lives are going. When I'm not working, I enjoy hiking outside and photographing birds and whatever other animals I can find. I also have an Etsy shop where I sell my awesome crotchet work. Other than that, I'll either have my nose in a book, or be writing a book of my own.

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.

Lisa

Call Center Representative/ Private Insurance Specialist

LisaCall Center Representative/ Private Insurance Specialist

Hi, I’m Lisa! While you may not see me at your appointment, I’m likely one of the people you’ll speak to when you call any of our offices. My role on the team is as a call center representative and private insurance specialist. My day-to-day includes answering phones, scheduling new patient exams, and helping all of our great customers with their inquiries regarding treatment, payments, and insurance. I joined the team in November of 2020. Although I never imagined working in the dental field, I have discovered a new interest in the health profession field. I have learned so much being here! My favorite part about my job is being able to answer patient inquiries in any way that I can. I love sharing patients’ excitement throughout their journey to a beautiful smile. Our team is great; I love how we are all committed to making every patient experience the best it can be and a most fun one as well. I also have a two-year-old son who I adore. In my free time, we love going to the park and swinging on the swings. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Vacationing in Mexico when I can is my favorite; I love going to different cities in Michoacán, Mexico, and learning more about my culture.