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the team

The Modern Orthodontist isn't your typical orthodontic practice.
Inspired by the love of art and smiles, the team is drawn together to create a
fun-loving atmosphere that will make you feel like you are family.
Take a look at our mission statement.

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dr. gretchen schnepper

Dr. Gretchen attended Loma Linda University for both dental school and specialty training, earning a Doctorate in Dental Surgery and Masters in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. She comes from a long line of dental professionals. Both her maternal and paternal grandfathers and her father were all dentists and her uncle still practices today. She is married to Darby, a teacher, and they have been blessed with two beautiful daughters. She enjoys reading, bicycling and art. ...more

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office manager & treatment coordinator

melissa lamet
office manager & treatment coordinator

Melissa has lived in the area for most of her life. She graduated from Mountain View High School and attended dental assisting school in Vancouver, WA. “I love working with Dr. Gretchen and our friendly team. We have a great staff and even better patients!” She has three children and loves spending her downtime out on the water kayaking, wakeboarding, and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Pacific NW.

orthodontic assistant

nicole sauer
orthodontic assistant

Nicole has been working in the Ortho field for 10 years, and she has been with Dr. Gretchen since she began her practice in Vancouver. “I enjoy getting to know our patients in the family atmosphere we have created. Having gone through treatment myself as an adult, I love that the advanced technology makes it more comfortable and a faster experience. This is one of the many things that makes our practice unique.” Nicole loves dancing, traveling and spending time with her husband and two young boys at the beach in the Pacific NW.

financial coordinator

levon brown
financial coordinator

Levon has many years of experience in orthodontics. Her career started in 1998. Her favorite advancement in her job has been auto-finance. “In my personal life I have all my bills on auto-pay and it makes things so much simpler, so it’s important to me that we offer that in our practice.” She has learned to love weeding (if it’s your own garden) and really likes being the “cool aunt” to her two brothers’ children.

scheduling coordinator

verna willbur
scheduling coordinator

Verna has lived in the Vancouver area for her entire life. She graduated High School in 2016 from River HomeLink, and has enjoyed working in customer service ever since. In her free time, she loves being with family, doing church activities, dancing, and enjoying the fun and beautiful area she calls home. She joined The Modern Orthodontist team in 2018 where she has already been able to see lives change one smile at a time.

orthodontic assistant

alena reese
orthodontic assistant

Laney has been an orthodontic assistant since 2008. Besides chairside assisting, Laney also runs our in-office orthodontic lab. “I am always learning new technologies and techniques at TMO and I love that we are always learning and growing as a team.” Her and her husband moved here from Salt Lake City, UT and love being outside with their two little boys.

orthodontic assistant

gwendolyn kangas
orthodontic assistant

Gwendolyn, who also goes by Gwenny, is beginning her orthodontic career with Dr. Gretchen’s team and loving it. She graduated from the dental program at Clark County Skills center in 2010. “My greatest reward as an orthodontic assistant is watching smiles change for the better.” Gwenny’s hobbies include skiing, painting, going on road trips and reading.

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amy russell
orthodontic assistant

Amy has been in the dental field since 2008, and an orthodontic assistant since 2011. She enjoys seeing patients' confidence grow as their teeth align. “Advancing my skills and applying new technology is always a goal of mine that we as a team apply here at TMO.” In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, playing games and going on adventures with her husband and three girls.

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