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5 Stars

Dr. Wilson and his staff are so great! Not only did they give me a great smile, but they were always so nice, funny, and caring--and provided a great...

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Melissa Hosking
Melissa Hosking

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Dr. Wilson and his staff are so great! Not only did they give me a great smile, but they were always so nice, funny, and caring--and provided a great atmosphere for everyone around them. They constantly made sure that I was comfortable and relaxed whenever I was there, and with a movie always playing right above me while I was being worked on, I actually had fun, too! It really is the best orthodontist office to be in.

To top it off, Dr. Wilson gave me an AMAZING smile, which, truthfully, I always get complimented on. He is such a perfectionist in his work--at the end of my treatment, he even went so far to make sure to move my teeth a fraction of a centimeter one way to make my teeth perfect! I truly, truly recommend him as an orthodontist.

Susan Cone
Susan Cone

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Dr. Don was our Orthodontist of choice for 13 years straight. We consistently had a child in braces starting with our oldest son and ending last year when our youngest daughter had her braces removed. It was always a pleasure visiting Dr. Don's office. We love Dr. Don, his friendly staff, and his inviting, fun and comfortable office!! To top it off, our children have beautiful smiles, or more beautiful because of Dr. Don & Staff. We highly recommend his practice, if you are in need of orthodontia.

Caroline Hynes-Marino
Caroline Hynes-Marino

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Dr Don is truly the "Rock Star of Orthodontists" both of my daughters' teeth were perfect by the time treatment ended; Dr Don is very kind and a true perfectionist and it shows in his work. Not only was the end result as expected we also enjoyed our office visits because the staff are so friendly, patient, kind and funny. The waiting area is enjoyable with the entertainment of the Kaleidoscope TV, magazines, tea and coffee. It really was relaxing while I waited for my girls to finish up. I have no hesitation in recommending Dr Don and his fantastic staff.

David Crockett
David Crockett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Wow!! I was really wondering if Dr. Wilson would be able to fix my teeth/bite. He did! What a wonderful office. Great staff, really made me feel welcome every visit. Highly recommended!

Robert Carroll
Robert Carroll

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Dr. Don and team are amazing. They always bring a very personal level of care to whatever they do. They are consummate professionals while maintaining a very human touch. I highly recommend them and their work.

Meet Our Team



Charis Santillie

Business Manager

Charis met her husband, Dr. Don, while attending the University of Puget Sound, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. Charis’ involvement at a young age in her family’s business catalyzed her entrepreneurial energy. While Dr. Don was in dental school, she started her own marketing business and later helped him start his orthodontic practice. In 2011, Charis designed and developed Kaleidoscope, a stunning visual display, that has since become the premier in-office marketing tool for orthodontic practices.

“I am so proud of my husband for pursuing his dreams and making such a difference in people’s lives. He is an exceptional orthodontist with a huge heart and a phenomenal sense of humor – he makes me laugh every day! I love working with him and our team…they all have become part of our family.”

Charis loves spending time at home with Dr. Don and their Papillon, Heidi. She also enjoys drawing, painting, and taking Dr. Don on adventures around the world.


Carol Eaton

Treatment Coordinator

Carol has worked in the dental/orthodontic profession for over 40 years; bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team! She has seen major changes over the years in both patient care and orthodontic technology and is thrilled to be part of a practice that continues to implement these advancements. In addition to working in our office, Carol is also a respected international speaker and orthodontic consultant.

“Getting orthodontic treatment with Dr. Don is the best of both worlds: advanced, high-tech mechanics in an environment of motivational fun; like having your own personal orthodontic coach.”

A third generation Californian, Carol was born and raised in the central valley and moved in 2013 to cooler weather in Northern California with her husband, Randy, and chocolate lab, Java. Carol enjoys travel, reading, trying out new restaurants and wineries, along with trips to San Francisco to support the Giants, shop, and explore art galleries and museums.


Christy Abele

Treatment Coordinator

Christy is the newest member of our team, joining us in September 2016. While new to the orthodontic field, she is passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives. Christy has lived in both Spain and Mexico and is fluent in Spanish.

“The best part of my day is talking to new families about starting orthodontic treatment with Dr. Don. I’m excited to make their dreams of a brighter smile a reality. My colleagues are so wonderful. They inspire and teach me so much every day!”

Christy lives in Novato with her husband and two children. Christy stays active by working out, hiking, traveling and being outdoors with her family.


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Nycole Cooper

Clinical Director, RDA

As one of Dr. Don’s longest employees, Nycole’s knowledge and experience are truly assets; Nycole has been with the practice since it opened in 2004! Nycole has superior orthodontic skills and is one of our key employees who helps train and mentor other assistants.

I have a passion and enthusiasm for what I do and strive to treat patients with the best possible care. The highlight of my day is to see the huge smiles on patients’ faces at the end of treatment…priceless!!”

Nycole lives in Petaluma with her husband Josh and their two kids, Austin and Shaelyn. Her free time is spent watching her kids play lacrosse, playing with their puppy Buddy, and traveling with her family. She loves to cook for her friends and family and spend as much time as possible outside.


Karen Hosking

Registered Dental Assistant

Karen joined Dr. Don’s team in 2005, just 1 year after it opened!

“Overall, it is my goal to provide outstanding customer service with a smile! I really love having the opportunity to watch our young patients grow up while helping to improve their confidence and smiles. It is also great to work with such professional and excellent staff and a dedicated doctor from whom I learn so much. I am truly grateful to be part of a wonderful team!”

Karen grew up in Novato and has 3 kids. Her son, Christopher, works with her husband Bill, and aspires to be a pediatrician. Karen has twin daughters attending UC Davis; Melissa is an English major and Megan (aspiring future orthodontist) works at our office during school breaks. Karen loves spending time with her family exploring different states camping. Her Pomeranian, Cody, and 5 chickens also provide daily entertainment!


Olga Poole

Registered Dental Assistant

Olga graduated from The College of Marin as a Registered Dental Assistant in 2008. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Physical Education from Bogota, Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.

“Every day I get to interact with children and adults. I love making them feel good about themselves and their beautiful smiles. Dr. Don’s office has such a wonderful atmosphere. We all have a good time here and enjoy what we do; we work together and help each other out so that our patients receive the best care possible. This practice is positive, upbeat, and an educational place for people of all ages to come and receive quality orthodontic care.”

Olga has been a swimming instructor for more than twenty years. She loves to swim, bike, and play tennis with her family. She has two children and a step-daughter. Her husband, Glen, is a local tour guide and they attend Grace Church of Marin.


Jessica Nelson

Registered Dental Assistant

Jessica grew up in Sonoma County, attended College of Marin to receive her dental assisting education and became a Registered Dental Assistant in the Spring of 2017. While interning at Dr. Don’s office, she instantly knew this was the place she wanted to launch her career.

“I strive to help others with a caring heart and build long-lasting relationships with our patients. I have a strong desire to learn and provide stellar attention to each patient. I am grateful for the opportunity to be working with Dr. Don and his exceptional team.”

Jessica is an avid traveler and attended a study abroad program centered in Florence, Italy. She has traveled extensively through Europe and Mexico. Jessica loves watching and attending local sporting events and is a loyal fan of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, and Golden State Warriors!


Kayla Mendez

Assistant Financial Coordinator

Kayla was born and raised in Novato! She graduated from San Marin High School and attended Boston Reed College, where she received her certificate as a Medical Assistant. Kayla has been in the medical field since 2012 and is fluent in Spanish.

“The best thing about work is seeing our patients get their confidence back due to Dr. Don’s amazing practice. I really enjoy the team I work with; everyone strives for great customer service while building strong relationships. The positive energy that flows through our office is what makes this a special place.”

Kayla stays busy outside of the office helping her parents’ at their restaurant in Bodega Bay. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, and traveling to experience new places.


Karla Fonseca

Patient Services Coordinator

Karla grew up in Sonoma and attended San Jose State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry. She plans on attending Dental school in the future. Karla is also fluent in Spanish.

“The best part about working with Dr. Wilson and the rest of the team is how caring and knowledgeable they are all. It is an amazing feeling to see our patients become more confident as their treatment progresses.”

Karla enjoys reading and going on hikes in her free time.


Van Ulrich

Sterilization Technician

Van Ulrich is the youngest member of the Wilson Orthodontics Team. He was born and raised in Marin and is a sophomore at Novato High School. He works after school helping the team in any way to provide a great experience for the patients at our office.

“I really enjoy coming to work every day and helping them bring nice smiles to their patients. I hope someday to become an Orthodontist like Dr. Wilson. Everyone here is so knowledgeable, professional and friendly. I’m so proud to be a part of this team and I am really learning so much. This could not be a more perfect first job!”

When Van is not at school or working he plays for Novato’s Basketball and Lacrosse teams. He also loves to surf, swim and ski.


Megan Hosking

Sterilization Technician

Megan is currently a third-year student at the University of California, Davis. An aspiring orthodontist, she is working on her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology while working part time at Dr. Wilson’s office. Part of the team since 2014, she has gained knowledge and experience in the field she loves.

“Working with patients and helping to make their visit enjoyable is my main priority! I love working with my team to make the day go by flawlessly. This team feels like family to me and I am so lucky to be able to work with the best patients, the best doctor, and the best staff. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!”

Megan and her family have a Pomeranian named Cody, five chickens, as well as two bee hives! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and taking her Cody on walks.