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. ...moredr. gretchen's blog
Emma will be one of the first people to welcome you to our office either on the phone or in person. She joined the team in 2017. “My favorite part of the job is meeting our new patients on their first appointment and watching them turn into part of the TMO family by the end of their treatment”. Emma is the mom of two-year-old boy and you can often find her exploring the great outdoors, camping and hiking with her family.
Karen has worked in orthodontics for 24 years, with 4 of those years spent working with Dr. Gretchen. She loves seeing our patients and watch their progress from start to finish when they complete their treatment. “Your smile is your best accessory and I am honored to be a part of helping someone get a great one.” Karen is a California transplant and has lived in Vancouver for five years now. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband at Long Beach. They have three grown children and two grandsons.
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.
Dayna has been an orthodontic assistant for 20 years. In those years she has worked with many types of braces and loves Damon Brackets the most. “The development of high-tech materials and methods has made it so easy and comfortable for our patients to do their treatment. I love being part of it!” When not working Dayna is active in her church, travelling, staying fit, and sharing laughs with her husband, two daughters, and a dog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regina previously lived and worked in four countries around the world. “I love being creative and connect with the community. Working with a friendly team makes my job even more enjoyable.” Out of the office, Regina is an Infant Massage Instructor and does some volunteering work for charities, in particular related to infants and children. She is married with one son.