Meet Our Team

Our doctor along with his experienced team recognize that each patient is unique with their own individual and specfic orthodontic needs. As a team, we are committed to providing our patients with orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs while creating a memorable, experience in our office. We welcome you and your family to our orthodontic practice and look forward to our opportunity to serve you. 

 

Treatment Coordinators

Valerie Chiles

Registered Dental Hygienist and New Patient Coordinator

Valerie Chiles received a degree in dental hygiene from Baylor Dental College and worked as a hygienist for 12 years prior to working in an orthodontist office in 1984. As a new patient coordinator, her dental knowledge and experience provides new patients with clear understanding of orthodontic treatment options.  She has continued on with CC Braces after her 34 years of experience in Ingraham Orthodontics. 

“As a new patient coordinator, I care about helping new patients feel comfortable and confident about their decision to pursue orthodontic treatment.”
 

Jennifer Saski

Treatment Coordinator

Jennifer Saski is a native of Rockpor and has been a treatment coordinator since 2011.  Jennifer is a Registered Dental Assistant with 25 years of experience in dentistry and orthodontics. She states the most rewarding aspect of her job is meeting new people every day and helping them achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.

“I love explaining my experience as an orthodontic patient firsthand to our orthodontic patients. Helping people make positive changes in their smile and improve self-esteem is rewarding as a treatment coordinator.”


Front Office

Nori Colton

Appointment Coordinator and Clinical Assistant

Nori Colton is our Appointment Coordinator, and worked in an orthodontic office since 2008. Nori is a Registered Dental Assistant with over 30 years experience in dentistry. She takes exceptional pride in helping to create a welcoming atmosphere as you enter our practice. Her knowledge, experience and understanding of orthodontics is crucial in accurately scheduling patients appointments. 

“I enjoy meeting new patients and seeing their “Joy” when they see their beautiful smile.”

 

Janet Crosson

Financial Coordinator

Janet began her career in orthodontics in 1997. She has held the following positions; dental assistant, scheduling coordinator, insurance coordinator, business manager, and treatment coordinator. She has also worked for a nationally known accounting firm assisting orthodontic offices across the country. This has given her great insight to helping patients especially with insurance or financial concerns. Janet’s warm, friendly, personality makes our patients feel right at home.

“I love working in orthodontics, I enjoy the energy and fun we have in giving our wonderful patients 5-star service with a SMILE!"

 

Yvette Otto

Radiologic Technologist - Registered Dental Assistant

Yvette Otto is a radiologic technologist and a Registered Dental Assistant. She began her career in orthodontics in 1995. Yvette greets our new patients on their first visit with a smile and puts them as ease while taking photos and X-rays for diagnosis and treatment planning. Her personal goal is for all of our patients to have a great first experience in our office – from start to finish!

“My personal goal for every patient is to receive excellent, quality care and personal attention at each visit, resulting in an excellent orthodontic result.”

 

Casey Mihalik

Marketing Manager

Casey updates our website and social media sites with the most recent information.  She enjoys sharing and posting patient pictures, reviews, and experiences online.  She manages patient contests and rewards.  Her goal is to create a friendly, caring environment where excellence in orthodontics is our team goal, through social media and PR. 

“As Dad’s number one fan, I enjoy maintaining our online presence and making sure that our patients know we care to hear their voice!" 

 

Ashley Villegas

Front Office and Appointment Coordinator

Ashley, our appointment coordinator, is a native to Corpus Christi.  She has over 5 years of experience from an appointment coordinator to marketing to even a lab assistant.  She came home to Corpus Christi to be closer to her family and joined our team in 2018.  

“My favorite part about working here is seeing the happy faces of the patients as they embrace their new smiles!"


Clinical Team

Tina Drake

Laboratory Technician

Tina Drake is a laboratory technician and began her career in 1973. She has worked in an orthodontic office since 1980.  Her goals are patient-centered with a commitment to excellence. Whether she’s instructing a patient about their appliances or fabricating an appliance in the laboratory, her knowledge and professionalism provide every patient with quality care and treatment. 

“I believe the profession of orthodontics allows people to make changes in their appearance and self-esteem. I like knowing I am a part of a positive experience in people’s lives.”
 

Atyel Salazar

Registered Dental Assistant/Certified Orthodontic Assistant

"Addie" is a Registered Dental Assistant, and is also a Nationally Certified Orthodontic Assistant. Addie has worked as a professional in orthodontics since 2007. She has previously held the position of Treatment Coordinator as well as an Orthodontic Assistant. Her vast knowledge in the field, as well as being fluent in Spanish, makes her a valuable member of our orthodontic team.

“It is a joy to be a part of transforming lives one smile at a time!”

Amanda Peña

Registered Dental Assistant

Amanda Pena is a Registered Dental Assistant and earned her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Del Mar College. She has been an assistant since  2014 and works closely with Dr. Mihalik as a chari-side assistant, as well a laboratory technician. Amanda’s warm, caring smile and professionalism support our patients and our team.

“I am fortunate to work with a team of dedicated professionals. My position allows me to utilize my skills and training to help create beautiful smiles!”
 

Maegan Gonzales

Registered Dental Assistant

Maegan is a Registered Dental Assistant  since 2012.  She assists Dr. Mihalik in the orthodontic clinic. With her experience working with diffferent doctors with different methods, she adapts quickly to ever changing procedures in the orthodontic field. Maegan has been working in dentistry and orthodontics since 2012. 

“My favorite part of my position as an orthodontic clinic assistant is getting to know our patients and developing great relationships with them throughout their orthodontic journey. I love seeing the end result - a Beautiful Smile!”
 

Maredith Combs

Registered Dental Assistant

Maredith Combs is a Registered Dental Assistant since 2007. Maredith works closely with Dr. Mihalik and the entire team to provide quality care at every patient visit. Maredith believes building personal relationships with our patients and getting to know them as individuals are important parts of a successful treatment process.

“I enjoy providing a level of care and service to our patients that exceeds their expectations!”
 

Sue Gonzalez

Registered Dental Hygienist

Sue is a Registered Dental Hygienist, and has worked as a professional in orthodontics since 1994. Sue works with our orthodontic patients when they are having their braces removed and combines her knowledge as a hygienist to encourage every patient to maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine.

“I love being a Dental Hygienist in an orthodontic practice; it is a blessing when a career and a passion come together. I love what I do.”

 

Deandra Lopez

Registered Dental Assistant

Deandra became an RDA in 2011.  She worked in general dentistry for 3 years before becoming an Orthodontic assistant.  Deandra's previous experience working chair-side with Dr. Mihalik made it an easy transition for her at CC Braces.

“I love interacting and meeting new people, and a HUGE thanks to the ortho field for allowing me to do so while helping patients become more confident with their smiles."

 

Meg Peeler

Registered Dental Assistant

Megan joined our team in 2018 after working in the Orthodontics field since 2013. She recieved her training at the South Texas Vo-Tech and Del Mar College.  She has worked previously with Dr. Mihalik and is glad to be working with him at CC Braces. 

“Being apart of changing someone's life is very rewardng for me.  If I go home feeling like I have helped someone smile a little more, I have done my job and accomplished something so personally fulfilling"

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